Tigerettes trample Summit in District opener

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Marshall County High School honored their senior softball players prior to their game against Summit on Thursday. Pictured are (left to right) Mary Medley, Kalie Hobbs, Brianna Roberts, and Danielle Toseland. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigerettes (19-10) looked the part of a number one seed on Thursday afternoon, as they crushed the Summit Lady Spartans 10-0 in six innings at home in the first round of the District 12-AA tournament.

Having narrowly defeated Summit 4-3 in their previous encounter on April 19, the Tigerettes beat the eighth seeded Lady Spartans (3-20) into submission by pounding out 13 hits to go along with three walks and a hit batsman. Summit also committed four errors to aid MCHS' cause.

First baseman Katie Crabtree spearheaded Marshall County's offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and two runs scored, while Morgan Moyers, Austyn Whaley (1 RBI), and Brianna Roberts tallied two hits apiece. Madison Thomason, Mecia Reed (1 RBI), Mary Medley (1 RBI), and Danielle Toseland (1 RBI) each had one hit for the Tigerettes as well.

MCHS starting pitcher Kalie Hobbs turned in a dominant performance in the circle and limited the Lady Spartans to just one hit in seven innings of work while issuing no walks and notching six strikeouts en route to earning the victory.

"The last time we faced Summit they played us close, which probably gave them some hope coming into today's game. I told the girls to come out strong and fortunately our bats got hot today," said Marshall County coach Holly Cook. "The girls think they're the best team in the District and want to show that."

Sam Cronk singled in the top of the third inning to account for the Lady Spartans lone hit of the contest. Summit starting hurler Baylee Meyer suffered the loss, allowing seven runs over five innings on 10 hits and two walks. Lexie Shoemaker then came on in relief of Meyer in the sixth inning and yielded three runs on three hits and a walk while failing to record an out.

Marshall County grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Morgan Moyers scored on a RBI double by Whaley after singling and advancing to second on a Thomason sacrifice bunt.

The Tigerettes then opened up a 2-0 advantage in the second inning thanks to a RBI single by Toseland, before crossing home plate three times in the third on the strength of a Roberts walk, a single by Crabtree, a Lady Spartan error, a RBI single by Reed, and a Medley RBI double to extend their lead to 5-0.

After forging a 7-0 advantage in the fourth on a two-run single by Crabtree, Marshall County delivered the knockout blow in the sixth and pushed across three more runs in the frame to cap their 10-0 victory. Following consecutive singles by Whaley and Roberts, Ashton Watkins drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Crabtree then plated Whaley with a RBI bloop single before Roberts and Watkins both scored on a Summit error a few moments later to end the game.