Tigerettes edge Giles County

Friday, April 6, 2012

After pounding Spring Hill 16-1 the previous evening, the Marshall County Tigerettes kept their District 12-AA record unblemished by eking out a 3-2 win over archrival Giles County at home on Tuesday night.

Marshall County's Austyn Whaley slides safely into home while scoring on a sacrifice fly by Ashton Watkins in the bottom of the first inning.

Having split the regular season series with MCHS last year, the Lady Bobcats (3-5, 3-3 District) once again put up a tough fight and battled Marshall County to a 2-2 tie through the first six and a half innings of play.

The Tigerettes (8-1, 8-0 District), however, managed to stave off Giles County's upset bid, as Madison Thomson scored on a bases loaded walk by Danielle Toseland in the bottom of the seventh inning.

"Giles County and Marshall County is always going to be a battle," said MCHS coach Holly Cook. I knew they were going to play us tough, but I was glad with the way we responded and found a way to come out on top."

Although Marshall County drew seven walks against two Lady Bobcat pitchers, the Tigerettes mustered only five hits overall and left eight runners on base, including seven in scoring position.

Thomason went 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and a run scored to lead MCHS at the plate. Morgan Moyers, Ashton Watkins, and Toseland had one hit apiece as well with Watkins and Toseland each driving in one run.

Tigerette hurler Kalie Hobbs also had to navigate through some trouble, but still tossed a complete game to earn the victory, allowing two runs, only one earned, on five hits and three walks to go along with seven strikeouts.

Morgan May had a pair of hits and scored two runs to pace Giles County offensively, while Kaelin Dawson (1 RBI), Devin Hasty, and starting pitcher Mary Beth Brumit each notched one hit.

Brumit suffered the loss in the circle, yielding three runs on five hits and six walks over six and one-third innings. May came on in relief of Brumit in the seventh and issued one walk in one-third of an inning after starting the game at shortstop.

Giles County landed the initial blow of the game by plating a run in the top of the first inning on the strength of a leadoff single by May, a Megan Parker sacrifice bunt, and a MCHS throwing error to take a 1-0 lead.

The Tigerettes quickly counter punched and tied the contest at 1-1 in the bottom half of the first when Whaley scored on a Watkins sacrifice fly after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to third on a Thomason sacrifice bunt and a single by Moyers.

Marshall County left runners in scoring position in each of the next two innings, but plated a run in the fourth to seize a 2-1 advantage. After leading off the fourth with a single, Toseland advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Katie Crabtree and a McKenzie Anderson groundout. Whaley then drew a walk and stole second before Thomason slapped a RBI single into right field to drive in Toseland.

Marshall County second baseman Ashton Watkins throws out Giles County's Megan Parker at first base in the top of the third inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Hobbs escaped a bases loaded jam in the top of the sixth, but the Lady Bobcats tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh when May raced home on a two-out RBI bloop single by Dawson after singling and stealing second.

In the bottom of the seventh, Thomason reached base on a Giles County error to start the frame before advancing to third thanks to a Moyers sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. After Brumit issued walks to Brianna Roberts and Watkins to load bases with one out, May came in and retired Mary Medley on a line out, but Toseland drew another free pass to bring home Thomason and give MCHS the 3-2 victory.