Lewis County upsets Tigerettes

Friday, May 4, 2012
Marshall County third baseman Austyn Whaley throws out Lewis County's Leanna Amacher at first base after fielding a bunt in the bottom of the first inning. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes perfect run through District 12-AA play came to an end on Monday night when they suffered an 8-3 loss to the Lewis County Lady Panthers in Hohenwald.

Coming off a 10-0 loss to Giles County earlier in the evening, Lewis County trailed 3-2 through the first three and a half innings of play, but saw their bats heat up after that point and crossed home plate six times over the next three frames to claim the five-run victory.

Bolstered by their late offensive surge, the Lady Panthers (23-6, 11-5 District) finished with 11 hits overall to go along with a walk and two Tigrette errors.

Marshall County shortstop Brianna Roberts throws out Lewis County's Bethany Bass at first base in the bottom of the second inning.

After defeating Lewis County 12-2 in their previous meeting on March 27, Marshall County (17-10, 14-1 District) mustered only six hits and a walk against Lady Panther starting pitcher Shelby Tiller.

Brianna Roberts belted a two-run homer to lead the Tigerettes offensively, while Austyn Whaley, Ashton Watkins, Katie Crabtree, Mecia Reed, and Danielle Toseland each had a hit as well with Crabtree driving in one run.

Starting hurler Kalie Hobbs went the distance in the circle for MCHS and suffered the loss.

Allison Henderson, Kelby Reeves (2 RBI), and Kaylee Schmittou (1 RBI) notched two hits apiece to pace the Lady Panthers at the plate.

"Lewis County got beat pretty bad in their first game today, but then came back and played with a lot of fire against us," said Marshall County coach Holly Cook. "Give the credit to them because they hit the ball hard tonight. Maybe this loss will help us in the long run and make us refocus because we have a big game against East Hickman tomorrow."

The Tigerettes got off to a fast start and grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Roberts cranked a two-run shot over the left field fence after Whaley drew a two-out walk.

Lewis County mounted an immediate response and plated a run in the bottom half of the first with the help of a leadoff double by Henderson, a Leanna Amacher sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly by Reeves to trim the deficit to 2-1.

The Lady Panthers then scored another run in the second inning thanks to a Baylee Clayton leadoff walk, a Schmittou single, and a RBI groundout by Bethany Bass to tie the game at 2-2.

Marshall County pulled back ahead by pushing across a run in the top of the fourth to seize a 3-2 advantage. After singling and stealing second, Watkins advanced to third on a passed ball before coming home on a RBI single by Crabtree.

Lewis County, though, quickly counterpunched and crossed home plate three times in the bottom of the fourth on the strength of a Schmittou RBI single and a two-run single by Shiloh Cottrill to take a 5-3 lead.

The Lady Panthers then opened up a 6-3 advantage in the fifth inning on a Tiller sacrifice fly before tacking on two insurance runs in the sixth behind a sacrifice fly by Amacher and a Reeves RBI double to cap their 8-3 win.