Raiderettes rally past Marshall County

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

After posting a 1-3 record in pool play at the Lincoln County Border Battle, the Marshall County Tigerettes suffered a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Moore County Raiderettes in the first round of the double elimination portion of the tournament on Saturday morning.

The Tigerettes held a tenuous 1-0 lead through the first six innings of play, but Moore County saw their offense finally come to life in the top of the seventh and pushed across two runs in the frame to seize a 2-1 advantage before snuffing out a Marshall County scoring threat in the bottom of the seventh.

Tigerette starting pitcher Kalie Hobbs went the distance in the circle and suffered the loss despite registering eight strikeouts and allowing only four hits and a walk in seven innings of work.

Although the Raiderettes committed three errors, Marshall County had trouble cashing in on Moore County's defensive miscues and mustered just five hits and a walk against Lynchburg starting hurler Kasey Harvey while leaving nine runners on base.

Morgan Moyers, Madison Thomason, Ashton Watkins, Mecia Reed, and Allison Hargrove each notched one hit for the Tigerettes with Watkins driving in a run.

"The bottom line is that we just didn't hit the ball this weekend," said Marshall County coach Holly Cook. "Kalie pitched well, but if you only score one run you're not going to win a whole lot of games."

Marshall County third baseman Mecia Reed throws out Moore County's Emily Powell at first in the top of the sixth inning. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Marshall County grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Moyers scored on a RBI single by Watkins after reaching first base on an error and advancing to second on a Thomason sacrifice bunt.

Hobbs then worked around a one-out walk by Katie Bowles in the top of the second with the help of a 5-3 double play before both teams stranded a runner at third in the fourth inning.

The Tigerettes had a chance to pad their lead in the sixth after putting runners on second and third with one out thanks to a Brianna Roberts leadoff walk, a sacrifice bunt by Reed, and a Moore County error, but Harvey retired the next two Marshall County batters on groundouts to escape the inning unscathed.

Marshall County centerfielder Danielle Toseland makes a running catch on a fly ball by Moore County's Savannah Stephens in the top of the sixth inning.

That missed opportunity would come back to haunt the Tigerettes in the top of the seventh, as the Raiderettes crossed home plate twice in the frame on the strength of three straight two-out singles and a Marshall County throwing error to pull ahead 2-1.

The Tigerettes put runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh behind a leadoff single by Hargrove and a Moore County error, but Harvey sat down the next three Marshall County hitters on a fielder's choice and a couple of infield pop ups to preserve the Raiderette victory.

In pool play, MCHS opened the tournament with a 6-5 loss to Warren County on Thursday before dropping a 10-1 decision to Oakland later that night. After shutting out Huntland 7-0 on Friday afternoon, the Tigerettes were defeated 12-3 by Alabama Class 6A power Sparkman in their final pool game.