Tigerettes halt Collierville
After beating Martin Luther King Magnet School 4-1 in the first round of the Bronze Division bracket, the Marshall County Tigerettes (11-12) recorded their most impressive win of the season on Saturday afternoon when they slayed the Collierville Lady Dragons 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the Franklin/Sonic Tournament at Fly Park.
Having reached the Class AAA State tournament last year, Collierville boasted a 28-8-1 record coming into their contest with MCHS and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
The Tigerettes, however, stepped up to the challenge and tallied a run in each of the next two frames to seize a 2-1 advantage while Marshall County starting pitcher Jacey Perryman held the Lady Dragons scoreless the rest of the way.
Perryman picked up her 11th win of the season by yielding one unearned run in six innings of work while issuing no walks and recording three strikeouts.
"This was the turning point of the tournament for us. Jacey pitched fabulously and we made some great plays defensively," said MCHS coach Heather Denton. "This was the best game at we've played defensively all year and they were the best team we've beaten this season."
The Tigerettes, meanwhile, tallied seven hits against Collierville starting pitcher Kelsey Gross. Madison Thomason (1 RBI) and Mary Kate McGehee notched two hits apiece to lead Marshall County offensively, while Grace Medley (1 RBI), Allison Sheroski, and Ashton Watkins each had one hit.
Shelby Crocker singled twice to pace the Lady Dragons at the plate. Kari Kennel (1 RBI), Brooke Castillo, Gross, and Jacqueline Conlan each had one hit for Collierville as well.
MCHS left two runners on base in the top of the first inning before the Lady Dragons plated a run in the bottom half of the frame to take a 1-0 lead. After reaching base on an error, Bayleigh Wisher advanced to second on a single by Gross before Kennel lined a RBI single into right field.
The Tigerettes quickly counterpunched and tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second when Hargrove raced home on a two-out RBI single by Medley after reaching base on an error and advancing to second on a Reed sacrifice bunt.
Perryman was able to overcome a MCHS error in the bottom of the second before Marshall County plated a run in the top of the third to pull ahead 2-1. McGehee reached base on an infield single prior to advancing to third on a couple of passed balls. Thomason then drove in McGehee by smacking a two-out RBI single into right centerfield.
Collierville had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth when they put runners on first and second with two outs thanks to singles from Crocker and Conlan, but Perryman struck out Hannah Oliver to escape the inning unscathed.
That proved to be the last scoring threat of the game for the Lady Dragons, as Perryman sat Collierville down in order in the fifth inning before working around a one-out single by Crocker in the bottom of the sixth. The game was then called at the end of the sixth inning due to time constraints.