Tigerettes pound Page

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Marshall County's Emily Martin slides safely into third base while hitting a RBI triple in the top of the third inning against Page. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Thursday, the Marshall County Tigerettes (6-9, 3-4 District) reeled off their fourth straight victory when they traveled to Franklin and pummeled the Page Lady Patriots 11-1 in five innings.

Marshall County held a 2-1 lead through the first two innings of play, but they saw their bats catch fire and outscored Page 9-0 over the next three frames to bring the mercy rule into effect.

The Tigerettes teed off on Page starting pitcher Hannah Watkins and banged out 14 hits overall to go along with two walks and a Lady Patriot error. Catcher Mary Kate McGehee led MCHS' hit parade by going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and two runs scored. Madison Thomason (3 RBI), Madison Hargrove (2 RBI), starting pitcher Jacey Perryman (1 RBI), Ashton Watkins (1 RBI) and Emily Martin (1 RBI) tallied two hits apiece for Marshall County as well, while Allison Sheroski added a double and two walks.

Perryman went the distance in the circle to earn her sixth win of the season and limited Page to five hits in the contest to go along with three walks and two strikeouts.

Hannah Watkins notched two hits and a RBI to place the Lady Patriots at the plate, while McKinsey Marlin, Savannah Rosevear, and Chloe Condo each had one hit.

The Tigerettes got off to a promising start and grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After singling with two outs, McGehee advanced to third on a single by Ashton Watkins while Watkins reached second base on the throw. Thomason then smacked a single into right centerfield to drive in McGehee and Watkins.

Page had a chance to do some damage in the bottom of the second after loading the bases with no outs on two walks and a bunt single by Condo. Hannah Watkins then came through with a RBI single to narrow the gap to 2-1, but the Lady Patriots saw their rally attempt quickly fizzle, as Cassety Fowler hit into a 2-3 double play before Perryman struck out Sara Ann Leonard to end the inning.

In the top of the third, the Tigerettes broke the game open by crossing home plate four times in the frame on the strength of a Perryman double, a walk by Sheroski, a Thomason RBI infield single, a two-run single by Hargrove, and a Martin RBI triple to stretch their lead to 6-1.

Marshall County then opened up a 7-1 advantage in the top of the fourth when Sheroski raced home on a RBI single by McGehee after reaching base on a two-out bloop double.

The Lady Patriots had another opportunity to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fourth and put runners on first and second with two outs thanks to singles by Rosevear and Watkins, but Perryman retired Kara Obersteadt on a groundout to extinguish the threat.

Marshall County shortstop Ashton Watkins tags out Page's Peyton Clark at second during a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the first inning.

MCHS delivered the knockout blow in the top of the fifth and pushed across four runs in the frame to forge an 11-1 advantage. Following a leadoff single by Hargrove, Martin doubled to put runners and second and third with no outs. Hargrove then scampered home on a sacrifice fly by Grace Medley, before Perryman drove in Martin with a RBI single to make it 9-1. After Sheroski drew a walk, Perryman scored on a RBI single by McGehee and Ashton Watkins plated Sheroski with a RBI double to cap the scoring in the inning.

Perryman then worked around a two-out single by Marlin in the bottom of the fifth to wrap up the victory for the Tigerettes.