Tigerettes break even at Play Day

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber while McGehee (one Marshall County starting pitcher Grace Medley delivers a strike to home plate in the top of the first inning against Spring Hill.

The Marshall County Tigerettes softball team began to gear up for the 2014 season on Saturday when they traveled to Ridley Park in Columbia and posted a 2-2 record at the Lady Lion Play Day.

MCHS looked impressive in their first two contests of the day and trounced the Spring Hill Lady Raiders 9-1 prior to defeating the LaVergne Lady Wolverines 8-3.

The Tigerettes then lost their final two games of the day while first-year coach Heather Denton gave her reserves a chance to gain some experience, as they dropped a 6-1 decision to the Columbia Academy Lady Bulldogs before getting thumped 11-1 by the Shelbyville Eaglettes.

"I think we performed well overall. Our starters hit well and played good defense. I was proud of them and thought we showed good energy," said Denton. "We hit the ball one through nine and got a lot of clutch hits with runners in scoring position."

MC 9, Spring Hill 1

In their opening game of the day, the Tigerettes got their bats going early and crossed home plate five times in the bottom of the first inning on the strength of a leadoff triple by Allison Sheroski, a Madison Hargrove RBI single, a single by Ashton Watkins, two Spring Hill errors, and a Jacey Perryman three-run homer to claim a 5-0 lead.

Marshall County then opened up a 7-0 advantage in the third inning thanks to a pair of RBI singles by Perryman and Mecia Reed before tacking on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth with the help of a McKenzie Anderson RBI single and Mary Kate McGehee RBI double to stretch their lead to 9-0.

The Lady Raiders spoiled the Tigerettes' shutout bid in the top of the sixth when Sarah Usher scored on a two-out RBI single by Kimber Bennett for the 9-1 final after leading off the frame with a double.

Marshall County assistant coach Kevin McGehee congratulates Jacey Perryman as she rounds third base after Perryman belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning against Spring Hill.

Marshall County pounded out 13 hits overall against two Spring Hill pitchers. Perryman did the most damage at the plate for the Tigerettes by going 2-for-2 with a homerun, 4 RBI, and two runs scored. Hargrove (1 RBI), Anderson (1 RBI), and Watkins tallied two hits apiece for MCHS as well, while McGehee (1 RBI), Reed (1 RBI), Sheroski, Madison Thomason, and Emily Martin each had one hit.

Junior pitcher Grace Medley went the distance in the circle for Marshall County and yielded just five hits and no walks in six innings of work to go along with three strikeouts.

MC 8, La Vergne 3

Marshall County's Mecia Reed slides safely into second while stealing a base in the top of the fourth inning against LaVergne.

The Tigerettes faced some early adversity in their second game against LaVergne, as the Lady Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a couple of RBI singles from Crimson Reynolds and Deja Patterson.

Marshall County left the bases loaded in the top of the second, but crossed home plate three times in the top of the third on the strength of a Sheroski single, a sacrifice bunt by Hargrove, a Watkins single, a RBI bloop single by Thomason, and a McGehee two-run double to pull ahead 3-2.

After LaVergne tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third on a two-out RBI double by Kelsey Smiley, the Tigerettes scratched out a run in the top of the fourth to claim a 4-3 advantage. Reed singled to lead off the fourth before stealing second and racing home on a RBI single by Martin.

Marshall County shortstop Ashton Watkins throws out a Spring Hill base runner at first base.

In the top of the fifth, Marshall County broke the game open by pushing across four runs in the frame with the help of a solo homerun by Watkins, a Thomason double, a Lady Wolverine error, an infield single by Reed, a RBI walk by Sheroski, and a wild pitch to forge an 8-3 advantage.

The Tigerettes then held LaVergne scoreless in the bottom of the fifth before the game was called due to time constraints.

MCHS swung hot bats for the second straight game and tallied 11 hits and three walks against two Lady Wolverine pitchers. Reed led the Tigerettes offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored. McGehee (2 RBI), Watkins (1 RBI), and Thomason (1 RBI) also notched two hits apiece for Marshall County, while Sheroski and Martin both added a hit and a RBI.

Perryman picked up the win in the circle for MCHS and allowed three runs over five innings on eight hits and a walk.

Columbia Acad. 6, MC 1

Marshall County faced a stern test in their third game when they took on Columbia Academy, which advanced to the Sectional round of the Class A playoffs last year.

The Lady Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Tigerettes quickly countered punched and tied the contest at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning on a RBI double by Thomason.

Both teams failed to score over the next three frames before Columbia Academy tallied five runs in the top of the fifth inning on four hits, a walk, and two MCHS errors to seize a 6-1 advantage.

Marshall County then came up empty in the bottom of the fifth before the game's time limit expired in the top of the sixth.

The Tigerettes mustered only four hits and a walk against the Lady Bulldogs. Thomason paced Marshall County at the plate by going 2-for-2 with a double and a RBI. McGehee and Skylar Brandon each notched one for Marshall County as well.

Medley suffered the loss in the circle after yielding six runs in five innings of work on six hits and two walks.

Shelbyville 11, MC 1

The Tigerette reserves then got roughed up in their final game of the day, as Shelbyville jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning before tallying two runs in the second to open up a 5-0 advantage. After pushing across five runs in the top of the third to stretch their lead to 10-0, the Eaglettes tacked on another run in the fourth inning to make it 11-0.

Marshall County then broke up Shelbyville's shutout bid in the bottom of the fourth by plating a run with the help of a hit by Medley and a Eaglette error for the 11-1 final.

MCHS struggled at the plate for the second straight game and notched just three hits and three walks against Shelbyville. Medley notched two hits to lead the Tigerettes offensively, while Perryman added one hit.

Freshman pitcher Blair Richards went the distance in the circle for Marshall County and yielded nine hits and two walks over four innings. The Tigerettes' defense also did Richards no favors, as they committed eight errors overall.