Tigerettes top Tullahoma
Coming off a 2-1 defeat to Moore County earlier in the morning, the Marshall County Tigerettes (11-8) extended their stay at the Lincoln County Border Battle by defeating the Tullahoma Lady Wildcats 2-1 in five innings on Saturday in the first round of the loser's bracket.
With the game's reaching the end of its time limit, the two teams were locked in a 1-1 tie through the first four and a half innings of play before the Tigerettes pulled out the victory in the bottom of the fifth thanks to two-out RBI single by first baseman Katie Crabtree.
"I was just trying to get a hit and get the run in," said Crabtree. "It felt really good to get the game winning hit and help my team get a victory. I was just looking for any pitch that I could get a hold of."
Although Marshall County drew five walks to go along with two Lady Wildcat errors, the Tigerettes finished with a modest five hits against two Tullahoma pitchers while leaving seven runners on base through the first four innings of the contest.
Morgan Moyers went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead MCHS offensively, while Mecia Reed (1 RBI), Crabtree (1 RBI), and Allison Hargrove each had one hit.
Marshall County, meanwhile, committed three errors in the field, but Tigerette starting pitcher Kalie Hobbs was able to work around the defensive miscues, as she yielded just one unearned run on four hits and two walks over five innings en route to earning the victory.
Lady Wildcat starting hurler Taylor Honea suffered the loss in the circle, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks over four and one-third innings. Joanna Lyle, Hannah Sircy, Chandler Hill, and Aliyah Brown each had one hit for Tullahoma with Hill driving in one run.
The Lady Wildcats left two women on base in the top of the first inning, before the Tigerettes took a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the frame when Reed plated Moyers with a sacrifice fly after MCHS loaded the bases with one out on a single by Moyers and a pair of walks from Madison Thomason and Brianna Roberts.
Marshall County then stranded three runners in scoring position over the next two innings while Tullahoma left the bases loaded in the top of the third.
The Lady Wildcats finally got on the board in the fifth and pushed across a run with the help of a leadoff infield single by Brown, a MCHS error, and a two-out RBI single by Hill to tie the game at 1-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Tigerettes mounted another scoring threat and loaded the bases with two outs on a Lady Wildcat error, a Reed single, and a walk by Danielle Toseland. Crabtree then drove in Roberts from third by hitting a RBI single to right field to give Marshall County the 2-1 victory.