Tigerettes topple Giles County
On Thursday night, the Marshall County Tigerettes handed archrival Giles County their first loss in District play when they traveled down to Pulaski and whipped the Lady Bobcats 9-1.
Having lost the last two meetings against Giles County, which included a 3-1 defeat on March 20, the Tigerettes (4-9, 2-4 District) managed to rattle the Lady Bobcats early and built a 9-0 lead through the first five innings of play before cruising to the eight-run victory.
After scoring just a total of three runs in their last two meetings against Giles County starting pitcher Mary Beth Brumit, Marshall County knocked around the hard throwing right hander on Thursday and pounded out 13 hits overall to go along with one walk and two Lady Bobcat errors.
Tigerette starting pitcher Jacey Perryman helped her own cause by going 4-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored. Ashton Watkins and Grace Medley both tallied three hits and 2 RBI for MCHS as well, while Allison Sheroski (2 RBI), Mecia Reed, and Emily Martin each had one hit.
"This is a huge win and the girls are so excited," said Marshall County coach Heather Denton. "We hit when we got runners in scoring position. I knew we had it in us because we've been working on it the last two days and had the pitching machine cranked up. She's a good pitcher, but we hit her mistakes today."
Perryman also turned in a solid performance in the circle, as she scattered nine hits and a walk in seven innings of work while notching three strikeouts en route to picking up her fourth win of the year.
"Jacey was very efficient and hit her spots. She let her defense work behind her again and kept her composure when they got runners on base," said Denton.
Lee Lee Lawrence went 3-for-4 to pace Giles County (6-2, 3-1 District) at the plate, while Kate McComiskey added two hits and a RBI.
MCHS grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Perryman scored on a RBI single by Watkins after leading off the frame with a single and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by Allison Sheroski and a Mary Kate McGehee groundout.
The Lady Bobcats left a runner at second in the bottom of the first before the Tigerettes notched a run in the top of the third to stretch their lead to 2-0. After Medley singled and McGehee drew a walk to put runners on first and second with two outs, Watkins laced a RBI single into left centerfield.
Marshall County then broke the game open in the top of the fourth by pushing across three runs in the frame with the help of Martin infield single, a RBI single by Medley, a Perryman infield single, and two errors to forge a 5-0 advantage.
Giles County had a chance to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fourth after putting runners on second and third with one out, but Perryman bore down and retired the next two Lady Bobcat batters on a pair of groundouts to snuff out the threat.
The Tigerettes continued to pour it on in the top of the fifth and crossed home plate four more times in the inning on the strength of a Medley RBI single, a RBI single by Perryman, and a Sheroski two-run single to stretch their lead to 9-0.
After stranding a runner at second in the fifth and sixth innings, Giles County spoiled Perryman's shutout bid by tallying a run in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out RBI single by McComiskey for the 9-1 final.