E. Robertson trounces Tigerettes

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Marshall County shortstop Ashton Watkins throws out East Robertson's Kaitlin Butler at third base after fielding a ground ball in the top of the fourth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After splitting their two pool games the previous evening, the Marshall County Tigerettes (9-12) fell into the Bronze Division of the Franklin/Sonic Tournament when they lost 8-0 in five innings to the East Robertson Lady Indians on Saturday morning in the first round of the double elimination portion of the tourney.

Bolstered by a five run third inning, East Robertson finished with 10 hits and two walks against MCHS starting pitcher Grace Medley to go along with two Tigerette errors.

Catcher Bailey Evans did the most damage at the plate for the Lady Indians by going 2-for-3 with a homerun and 3 RBI. Gabby Zizzi also added two hits and scored two runs for East Robertson, while Lexi Young (1 RBI), Ashton Hudgens (1 RBI), Shae Dunn, Tamalee Stradtner, starting pitcher Val Seay, and Miranda Mantlo each had one hit.

Few hits

The Tigerettes, conversely, mustered just three hits and two walks against two Lady Indian hurlers. Ashton Watkins tallied two hits to pace Marshall County offensively, while Emily Martin had one hit.

Seay picked up the win in the circle for East Robertson and yielded just one hit and two walks in three scoreless innings of work. Deana Phillips then came on in relief of Seay and gave up two hits over the final two frames.

The Lady Indians got off to a fast start and pushed across two runs in the top of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. Dunn doubled to lead off the frame prior to advancing to third on a groundout by Zizzi. After Young drew a two-out walk and stole second, Dunn scored on a passed ball to make it 1-0 before Evans drove in Young with a RBI single.

Missed chance

Marshall County third baseman Emily Martin tries to throw out East Robertson's Ashton Hudgens at first base in the top of the third inning.

The Tigerettes had a chance to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the second when Watkins singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a Madison Thomason sacrifice bunt, but Seay fanned the next two MCHS batters to snuff out the threat.

East Robertson then broke the game open in the top of the third by crossing home plate five times in the frame with the help of leadoff single by Zizzi, an Evans two-run homer, a single by Seay, two Marshall County errors, and a wild pitch to forge a 7-0 advantage.

Seay then worked around a pair of walks in the bottom of the third with the aid of a 5-3 double play before the Lady Indians tacked on another run in the top of the fourth thanks to a RBI single by Young for the 8-0 final.