Tigerettes get a small measure of revenge

Friday, March 30, 2012
Marshall County's Morgan Moyers bashes the first of her three hits in three at bats in the Tigerettes 12-2 win over Lewis County Tuesday night at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigerettes won their fifth game in a row Tuesday night with a 12-2 run-rule win over Lewis County at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg, gaining a small measure of revenge on the Lady Panthers, who eliminated MCHS last season from the District 12AA Tournament in Hohenwald.

"They had our number the past couple of years and put us out last year," said MCHS head coach Holly Cook. "I thought this would be a good way to come in here and send a message to the rest of the district."

The Tigerettes banged out a dozen hits in the five-inning contest, turned an inning saving 1-3-2 double play in the first, and were the recipients of another solid job in the circle by Kalie Hobbs.

Hobbs tossed a solid three-hit, four-strikeout, one walk complete game, allowing close to her season average of 1.84 runs per game.

Lewis County's Leanna Amacher drew a one-out walk in the first and after an infield throwing error on a grounder by Allie Henderson, Lady Panthers stood on the second and third base bags with one out.

Kelby Reeves hit a hard groundball back to Hobbs, who threw to Katie Crabtree at first for the second out before Crabtree rifled the ball home to Mary Medley, who applied the tag on Amacher, completing the rare double play.

Tigerettes' catcher Mary Medley catches the ball and gets ready to apply the tag at home on Lewis County's Leanna Amacher to complete an inning ending double play in the first inning.

Buoyed by the bailout, Austyn Whaley led off the home half of the inning with a frozen rope down the right field line for a stand-up triple.

Whaley scored moments later on a wild pitch by Bethaney Bass to make it 1-0, and one out later, Morgan Moyers got the first of her three hits in three at bats on the night, starting a new rally.

An error after a put-out in center field sent Moyers to second and freshman Ashton Watkins knocked her home with a base hit up the middle to put MCHS up 2-0.

Danielle Toseland led off the second with a base hit to center and went to second on a throwing error on the play.

Another Lady Panther miscue on the next play allowed Toseland to score run number three for the Tigerettes.

In the top of the third, Lewis County cut the home team's lead to a single run on back-to-back RBI hits by Henderson and Reeves before Hobbs escaped further damage with an inning ending strikeout.

Moyers singled to lead-off the home half of the inning and after a sac bunt by Brianna Roberts moved her to second, Moyers came around to score on an RBI base knock from Watkins.

A walk to Medley, who was subbed by courtesy runner Allison Hargrove, made it first and second before Crabtree slashed a two-run double to right to make it a 6-2 ballgame.

"I thought that was a great hit there for Crabbbie," said Cook. "The momentum kind of swung there and I was real happy about that."

Hobbs did not budge in the top of the fourth and in the bottom of the inning the Tigerettes put the game away, scoring six times.

Whaley had two hits in the frame, including a two-run single and Moyers, Roberts, and Medley had RBI base knocks.

The game ended in the top of the fifth with Hobbs getting three consecutive pop-ups.

Whaley finished with a 3-4 night and scored two runs and drove home two, while Watkins was perfect at the dish, going 2-2 with two runs scored with two RBIs and a base on balls.

Cook said about the big bat performance, "I talked to the girls yesterday and our bats started out the season pretty hot, but had a lull the past couple days and I thought this would be a perfect game to come out of that slump, and I believe we did that today."