E. Hickman eliminates Tigerettes from 12-AA
East Hickman knocked the Marshall County Tigerettes (23-9) out of the playoffs on Thursday afternoon, as the Lady Eagles defeated MCHS 7-1 in the loser's bracket final of the District 12-AA tournament at Reese Hambrick Field.
After defeating Marshall County 7-5 in the second round of the tourney six days earlier, East Hickman (18-17-1) put the pressure on MCHS early and built a 5-0 lead through the first three innings of play.
The Tigerettes plated a run in the bottom of the fourth to trim the deficit to 5-1, but Lady Eagle starting pitcher Amber Galyon held Marshall County scoreless over the final three frames while the Lady Eagles tacked on two more runs during that span to claim their second straight win over MCHS.
Bolstered by their early offensive flurry, East Hickman pounded out 12 hits against two Tigerette pitchers to go along with a walk and a Marshall County error.
Third baseman Haley Umstead led the Lady Eagles' offensive attack by going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, while Galyon (3 RBI), Dacy Thomasson (3 RBI), and Chelsey Buchanan (1 RBI) tallied two hits apiece.
On the mound
MCHS starting pitcher Grace Medley suffered the loss after allowing five runs in three innings of work on seven hits. Jacey Perryman came on in relief of Medley and yielded two runs over four innings on five hits and a walk while notching three strikeouts.
The Tigerettes finished with eight hits and two walks against Galyon, but went just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 women on base overall.
Katie Crabtree (1 RBI), Morgan Moyers, and Mary Kate McGehee each notched two hits to pace MCHS at the plate, while Austyn Whaley and Madison Hargrove doubled and singled respectively.
Similar to their previous encounter, East Hickman jumped on Marshall County early and pushed across two runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. After singling with two outs, Buchanan advanced to third on an Umstead single. Umstead then stole second before Galyon smacked a two-run single into left centerfield.
MCHS then stranded a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the second before the Lady Eagles stretched their lead to 5-0 by crossing home plate three times in the top of the third on the strength of a Galyon single and a two-run single by Thomasson.
In the bottom of the fourth, Marshall County tallied a run to narrow the gap to 5-1 when Whaley scored on a RBI double by Crabtree after leading off the frame with a double.
East Hickman mounted an immediate response and plated a run in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Buchanan to open up a 6-1 cushion before the Tigerettes left runners on first and second in the bottom half of the frame.
After MCHS left a runner in scoring position in the sixth inning, the Lady Eagles extended their lead to 7-1 in the top of the seventh with the help of a Thomasson RBI single.
Marshall County tried to mount a last ditch rally in the bottom of the seventh and loaded the bases with no outs on singles by Hargrove, McGehee, and Moyers, but Galyon escaped the jam by retiring the next three Tigerette hitters on a fielder's choice, a pop out, and a lineout to end the game.