Tigerettes shut out Columbia Central
A pair of rainouts earlier in the week was unable to wash away the Marshall County Tigerettes' recent momentum, as they won their third straight game on Wednesday afternoon by defeating the Columbia Central Lady Lions 3-0 on the road.
Having allowed just one run in her last two outings, Tigerette starting pitcher Jacey Perryman turned in another strong performance in the circle and yielded just six hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings of work to record her second shutout of the season.
Marshall County (5-9) also finished with six hits and in the contest against Columbia starting pitcher Takoya Lyles to go along with three walks and one Lady Lion error. Mary Kate McGehee (1 RBI), Ashton Watkins (1 RBI), Skylar Brandon (1 RBI), Perryman, Allison Sheroski, and Madison Thomason each tallied one hit for the Tigerettes.
Dareain Baker and Alexus Johnson notched two hits apiece to pace Columbia (5-14) at the plate, while Kendrica Pillow and Kaity Dickinson both had one hit.
Marshall County stranded a runner in scoring position in each of the first two innings before the Lady Lions had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the second after putting a runner on second thanks to a walk by Baker and a Lyles sacrifice bunt. Columbia would come away empty handed, as Perryman retired the next two Lady Lion batters on a strikeout and a groundout to extinguish the threat.
The Tigerettes then broke the deadlock by pushing across a run in the top of the third to grab a 1-0 lead. After drawing a leadoff walk, Medley moved into scoring position on a single by Sheroski prior to coming home on a McGehee RBI single.
Columbia stranded a runner at second in the bottom of the third before Marshall County opened up a 2-0 advantage in the top of the fourth when Thomason scored on a RBI single by Brandon after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to third on a Madison Hargrove sacrifice bunt and a groundout by Emily Martin.
The Lady Lions had another chance to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth and put runners on first and second with two outs on a Baker single and a walk, but Perryman retired Courtney Young on a groundout to escape the inning unscathed.
In the top of the fifth, the Tigerettes tacked on an insurance run to stretch their lead to 3-0. Perryman led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Sheroski sacrifice bunt before racing home on a RBI single by Watkins.
After Columbia stranded two more runners on base in the bottom of the fifth, Perryman worked around a leadoff double by Baker in the sixth inning.
The Lady Lions tried to mount one final rally attempt in the bottom of the seventh and brought the tying run to the plate after putting women on first and second with two outs on the strength of a Pillow single and an error.
Perryman, however, slammed the door on Columbia's comeback attempt by retiring Lyles on a fielder's choice to clinch the victory for the Tigerettes.