Hobbs no-hits Hickman County
Marshall County senior pitcher Kalie Hobbs had a game to remember on Friday night, as she tossed a no-hitter and drove in the lone run of the contest to lead the Tigerettes to a 1-0 victory over Hickman County at home.
Despite Hobbs' dominant performance in the circle, the Lady Bulldogs (1-5, 1-2 District) battled MCHS to a 0-0 tie through the first six innings thanks to a gutsy effort from starting hurler Emily Williams and solid defense.
Hobbs then took matters into her own hands in the bottom of the seventh when she drove in Danielle Toseland with a two-out RBI single to give Marshall County (3-1, 3-0 District) the one-run win.
"I was just trying to keep Hickman County in check and was throwing pretty much everything tonight, but I knew our offense would come around sometime," said Hobbs. "She gave me a pitch I could handle and I hit it up the middle."
The Lady Bulldogs had only three base runners the entire game thanks to a walk and two Tigerette errors, while Hobbs racked up 12 strikeouts in seven innings of work to earn her third victory of the season.
"What can you say. Her performance speaks for itself," said MCHS coach Holly Cook. "She threw a no-hitter and got the game winning hit. I was so happy for her because she pitched so well today. She came up big for us."
The Tigerettes finished with seven hits and struck out only once, but Williams did not issue a walk while the Lady Bulldog defense committed only one error and turned two double plays.
Toseland went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored to lead Marshall County offensively. Austyn Whaley also added a pair of singles, while Ashton Watkins, Katie Crabtree, and Hobbs each had one hit.
In the bottom of the first inning, Williams worked around a leadoff single by Whaley and a Hickman County error with the help of a 2-3-4 double play.
The Lady Bulldogs then put runners on second and third with one out in the top of the second thanks to two MCHS errors and a passed ball, but Hobbs escaped the jam when right fielder Madison Thomason turned a 9-2 double play by catching a Josie Blystad fly ball and gunning down Darby Simpson at home plate.
After the Tigerettes stranded a runner at third in the bottom of the second, neither team reached base over the next two innings, before Marshall County put women on second and third with one out in the fifth on the strength of a Crabtree bloop single and a double by Toseland.
Hickman County's defense, though, bailed out Willams again, as pinch runner Mecia Reed was thrown out at home plate to complete a 6-3-2 double play after Hobbs hit a groundball to shortstop.
Both teams left runners on base in the sixth before Hobbs retired the Lady Bulldogs in order in the top of the seventh. The game appeared headed for extra innings after Williams sat down the first two Tigerette batters in the bottom of the seventh, but Toseland started a two-out rally for MCHS by belting a double into the left centerfield gap.
Toseland then raced home with the winning run when Hobbs laced a single into centerfield to keep Marshall County undefeated in District play.