Tigerettes trounce Columbia Central

Friday, March 15, 2013
Marshall County third baseman Austyn Whaley tags out Columbia's Laura Leigh Harris in the top of the fourth inning after receiving a throw from right fielder Allison Sheroski. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Coming off an 8-1 win over Spring Hill the previous evening, the Marshall County Tigerettes cruised to another easy win on Wednesday when they defeated the Columbia Central Lady Lions 17-6 at home in five innings.

The Tigerettes got off to a red hot start and raced out to a 12-0 lead through the first two innings of play. Columbia (0-2) then rallied and narrowed the gap to 12-6 in the top of the fifth inning, but Marshall County brought the mercy rule into effect by scoring five runs in the bottom half of the frame to run their record to 2-0.

Great numbers

Bolstered by their early offensive surge, the Tigerettes finished with 11 hits and 10 walks against two Lady Lion pitchers.

Leadoff hitter Morgan Moyers helped spark MCHS' offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, 2 RBI, and two runs scored. Madison Thomason, Mary Kate McGehee, and McKenzie Anderson tallied two hits apiece as well and drove in four, three, and two runs respectively, while Mecia Reed and Katie Crabtree each added a hit and a RBI.

"We've put up 25 runs the past two games so I'm satisfied with that, but I wasn't satisfied with the lull we had in the middle of the game. We need to develop more of a killer instinct, but it's still early in the season," said Marshall County coach Holly Cook.

First win

Sophomore pitcher Grace Medley went the distance in the circle for MCHS to pick up her first win of the season and recorded nine strikeouts in five innings of work while allowing 10 hits and three walks.

Kendrica Pillow notched three hits and a RBI to pace the Lady Lions at the plate, while Kaity Dickinson added two hits, a walk, and a RBI.

The Tigerettes pounced on Columbia early and jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with the help of a leadoff triple by Moyers, an Anderson two-run single, a pair of RBI singles from Reed and McGehee, four walks, and a Lady Lion error.

Marshall County shortstop Austyn Whaley throws out Columbia's Dareain Baker at first base in the top of the fourth inning.

Marshall County continued to pour it on in the second inning and crossed home plate six more times on the strength of a Anderson double, two walks, a hit batsman, a RBI single by Crabtree, a McGehee sacrifice fly, a two-run double by Moyers, RBI single by Thomason, and a Austyn Whaley sacrifice fly to forge a 12-0 advantage.

No real threat

In the top of the third, the Lady Lions got on the board by plating three runs in the frame on singles from Pillow and Dickinson, a MCHS throwing error, and a pair of RBI singles from Jennielis Vargas and Dareain Baker to trim the deficit to 12-3.

Columbia then pushed across two runs in the fourth inning thanks to a RBI single by Dickinson and a bases loaded wild pitch to narrow the gap to 12-5, before notching another run in the top of the fifth on a Pillow RBI double to cut the deficit to 12-6.

Marshall County, however, reclaimed the momentum in the bottom of the fifth and tallied five runs in the inning to wrap up their 17-6 win. Reed and Crabtree each drew one-out walks before both runners moved up 60-feet on a wild pitch. After McGehee plated Reed with a RBI single to push MCHS' lead to 13-6, Allison Sheroski drew a walk to load the bases. Thomason then ripped a two-run double down the left field line to make it 15-6 before she and Sheroski both scored when Columbia centerfielder dropped a fly ball by Whaley to end the game.