Tigerettes torch CPA in district
The Marshall County Tigerettes got that winning feeling back on Tuesday afternoon, as they snapped a five-game losing streak by throttling the Christ Presbyterian Academy Lady Lions 11-0 at home in five innings to pick up their first District win of the year.
Marshall County (3-9, 1-4 District) shelled CPA starting pitcher Hope Wells and banged out 14 hits overall with five going for extra bases. Ashton Watkins led the Tigerettes hit parade by going 3-for-4 with a double, two triples, 4 RBI, and three runs scored. Starting pitcher Jacey Perryman (2 RBI), Mary Kate McGehee (1 RBI), Mecia Reed (1 RBI), and Allison Sheroski tallied two hits apiece for MCHS as well, while Madison Thomason (2 RBI), Madison Hargrove (1 RBI), and Blair Richards each had one hit.
"We've been talking about getting our hitting, defense, and pitching together and we did that today. Everything came together," said Marshall County coach Heather Denton. "It was huge to get a win. They've worked hard and it's finally paying off."
Although she registered only one strikeout, Perryman did not issue a walk and limited the Lady Lions to just five hits en route to recording her first shutout of the season.
"Jacey did a great job. She only struck out one batter, but she kept the ball low and let her defense work for her," said Denton.
Grace Reynolds notched two hits to pace CPA (1-5, 0-1 District) at the plate, while Wells, Aly Hockaday, and Catlin Nichols each had one hit.
The Tigerettes pounced on the Lady Lions early and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Following a leadoff single by Perryman, Sheroski beat out a bunt single to put runners on first and second with no outs. Perryman was thrown out at third on a fielder's choice by McGehee, but Watkins ripped a two-run triple down the left field line before coming home on a CPA error.
Marshall County opened up a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the second when Perryman raced home on a two-out RBI single by McGehee after reaching base on an error and stealing second.
The Lady Lions left a runner at second in the top of the third before the Tigerettes tallied four more runs in the bottom half of the frame to extend their lead to 8-0. Watkins roped a leadoff triple into the right centerfield gap prior to scoring on a RBI double by Thomason. After Reed singled and advanced to second on a CPA error, Hargrove drove in Thomason with a RBI single before advancing to second on the throw. Perryman then plated Reed and Hargrove by lacing a two-run single into left field.
The Lady Lions had another chance to get on the board in the top of the fourth when Hockaday doubled with one out, but Perryman retired the next two CPA batters on a groundout and a pop out to extinguish the threat.
Marshall County tacked on a run in the bottom of the fourth with the help of an error and a Reed RBI triple to forge a 9-0 lead before bringing the mercy rule into effect by notching two runs in the fifth. After Richards led off the fifth inning with a single, Staci McBurnett hit into a fielder's choice before advancing to second on a McGehee single. Watkins then put the Lady Lions out of their misery by smacking a two-run triple into left field to cap the Tigerettes' 11-0 triumph.