Tigerettes top Hickman County

Friday, April 5, 2013
Marshall County coach Holly Cook congratulates Austyn Whaley as she rounds third base after Whaley belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning against Hickman County. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Coming off a 5-2 win over East Hickman the previous day, the Marshall County Tigerettes notched their second straight victory on Tuesday night when they defeated District 12-AA foe Hickman County 8-6 at home.

After MCHS (7-4, 5-1 District) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, the Lady Bulldogs (4-5-1, 2-3 District) came storming back and tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the fifth inning.

The Tigerettes, however, kept their composure and plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth to seize an 8-6 advantage before holding Hickman County scoreless over the final two frames to claim their eighth straight win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Senior stars

Seniors Austyn Whaley and Morgan Moyers led an 11-hit attack by Marshall County, as Whaley went 3-for-4 with a homerun, 2 RBI, and two runs scored, while Moyers recorded a double, a triple, and 3 RBI. Madison Hargrove also added a pair of singles, two stolen bases and a run scored for the Tigerettes, and McKenzie Anderson (1 RBI), Mary Kate McGehee (1 RBI), shorstop Ashton Watkins, and Katie Crabtree each had one hit.

MCHS starting pitcher Jacey Perryman picked up the win in the circle and yielded six runs, three earned, in five and a third innings of work on seven hits and three walks. Grace Medley then came on in relief of Perryman and allowed one hit over one and two-third innings to earn the save.

Peyton Mathis notched three hits and a run scored to pace Hickman County at the plate, while Taylor Warren had two hits and a run scored. Darby Simpson registered a double and 3 RBI for the Lady Bulldogs as well. Hickman County starting hurler Emily Williams went the distance in the circle and suffered the loss.

Early lead

Marshall County took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Whaley raced home on a RBI double by Anderson after reaching base on a two-out single.

Marshall County's Morgan Moyers slides safely into home plate while scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the second inning against Hickman County.

The Tigerettes then opened a 6-0 advantage by pushing across five runs in the second inning. Crabtree led off the frame with a double before advancing to third on a bunt single by Hargrove. After Hargrove stole second, Moyers belted a two-run triple to deep centerfield prior to scoring on a wild pitch to make it 4-0. Following a walk by Madison Thomason, Whaley blasted a two-run shot over the left field fence for her third homer of the season.

The Lady Bulldogs began to chip away at MCHS' lead and plated three unearned runs in the top of the third on a pair of singles by McKenzie Lynch and Mathis, a Marshall County error, and a Warren RBI groundout to narrow the gap to 6-3.

Hickman threat

In the top of the fifth, Hickman County knotted the score at 6-6 thanks to a three-run double by Simpson after loading the bases with two outs on a Allie Bates walk and a couple of singles by Payton Goddard and Warren.

The Tigerettes quickly counterpunched and tallied two runs in the bottom of the fifth behind a Lady Bulldog error, a Crabtree sacrifice bunt, a McGehee RBI single, and a RBI double by Moyers to grab an 8-6 lead..

Hickman County had a chance to tie the game in the top of the sixth after putting runners on second and third with one out thanks to a Brooke Alder walk, a Mathis single and a double steal. The Lady Bulldogs ended up coming away empty handed, as Alder was thrown out at home plate by Watkins on a Presley Jones fielder's choice before Medley retired Payton Goddard on a groundout to snuff out the threat.

Medley then worked around a leadoff single by Warren in the top of the seventh to close the win for the MCHS.