Lady Lions oust Tigerettes for second time in four years

Friday, May 18, 2012
MCHS freshman Mecia Reed (24) lays down a perfect bunt that she beat out for a hit in the second inning for the Tigerettes, who lost 5-2 to Camden Central Wednesday in the opening round of the Region 6-AA Tournament in Lewisburg. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Camden Central continued their hex over Marshall County on Tuesday night at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg as the Lady Lions beat the Tigerettes 5-2 in the Region 6-AA opening round, ending the season for MCHS.

"I've been with these seniors since they were little and I love them like they are my own, so it's rough," said a teary eyed MCHS head coach Holly Cook after the game. "But, we really had a good season and I couldn't be more proud of them."

It was the third post-season win in four years for Camden Central (31-9) over Marshall County (22-12) and two have come in elimination games.

Austyn Whaley snares a hot shot at third and gets ready to fire to first before the ball was called foul by the home plate umpire.

"I don't think anybody really gave us even a chance in the district losing what we lost last year and we came in and dominated really and I am so proud of them for that," said Cook. "Of course, you want more, you want to keep digging and that is what we are going to keep doing. These seniors are gone now, we are going to work with the rest, keep digging and get where we want to be."

Camden Central scored on an RBI single by Hannah Smothers in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead and never gave it up.

Marshall County left a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the inning.

In the top of the second, Sunny Duffey reached on a leadoff error by the Tigerettes, and after Kalie Hobbs struck out the next two batters it looked like they would get of the inning, but Madison Adcock tripled to the fence in right field to drive home Duffey and Hannah Prince followed with a sharp single to left, making it a 3-0 ballgame.

In the home half of the inning, Ashton Watkins and Katie Crabtree singled to the outfield and Mecia Reed beat out a bunt to load the bases for MCHS.

The Tigerettes squandered the scoring chance as Camden Central hurler Tori Hensley got the next three outs on a strikeout, a pop-up to second, and an inning ending grounder to short.

The Tigerettes finally broke through in the third, beginning with an Austyn Whaley one-out single.

After pop-up to shortstop for the second out, Watkins singled to center, putting Tigerettes on the corners.

Whaley trotted home on an infield error, but Hensley struck the next batter to keep a two-run lead.

In the fourth, the Tigerette defense turned their second consecutive inning ending, line-drive double play.

Danielle Toseland reached on a one-out error in the bottom of the inning and Morgan Moyers followed with a single before Toseland was erased at third on a fielder's choice.

Whaley came through with an RBI base knock to make it 3-2, but once again an infield pop-up ended the inning.

"They got the girls on and got them in," said Cook. "We got on, but we never could get that one big hit to get the runs in and that has kind of been our problem all year, but that is a good ball club right there and hats off to them."

The Lady Lions came right back with two insurance runs in the fifth to make it 5-2 and the Tigerettes' bats remained cold as Hensley retired the next six MCHS batters in order to finish off the game and end the season for the Tigerettes.

Moyers, Whaley, and Watkins all had two hits and Crabtree and Reed had one base knock apiece for Marshall County, while Hobbs finished her final game in the circle as a Tigerette, tossing an eight-hit, four strikeout, two base on balls, and three-earned run complete game.

"It's always about rebuilding, we are losing four huge ones," said Cook. "That is going to happen every year, losing really key players, so we just have to focus on getting people in the right spots and keep on working."