Tigerettes rally past Spring Hill

Friday, May 2, 2014
Marshall County's Ashton Watkins, shown here against CPA, went 2-for-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI to help lead the Tigerettes to a 6-5 win over Spring Hill. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After making a solid showing at the Franklin/Sonic Tournament this past weekend, the Marshall County Tigerettes continued to build momentum for the upcoming District 12-AA tournament by going on the road and defeating second place Spring Hill 6-5 in eight innings on Wednesday night to earn a split in the season series with the Lady Raiders.

Having defeated MCHS 10-6 in their previous meeting on March 17, Spring Hill (12-8, 6-3 District) held a 4-3 lead through the first six innings of play in Wednesday's contest, but the Tigerettes (13-13, 6-4 District) conjured up some late game magic and plated two runs in the top of the seventh to seize a 5-4 advantage.

After the Lady Raiders tallied a run in bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 5-5, Marshall County pushed across another run in the top of the eighth to take an 6-5 lead before holding Spring Hill scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to pull out the hard fought victory.

Thanks to Wednesday's dramatic win, the Tigerettes finished tied for third with Cascade in the District standings, but will be the fourth seed in the conference tournament since the Lady Champions swept the season series against MCHS.

Bolstered by their late offensive surge, Marshall County pounded out 12 hits overall against Lady Raider starting hurler Haley Perryman. Starting pitcher Jacey Perryman wielded the biggest stick for the Tigerettes, as she went 4-for-5 with a stolen base, a RBI, and two runs scored. Grace Medley (2 RBI) and Emily Martin tallied two hits apiece for MCHS as well, while Ashton Watkins added two hits and 3 RBI.

Jacey Perryman also went the distance in the circle to pick up her 13th win of the season, as she allowed 11 hits and a walk in eight innings of work to go along with one strikeout.

Spring Hill scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead, but the Tigerettes pushed across two runs in the top of the second with the help of an error, a Martin double, a RBI double by Medley, and a Perryman RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.

The Lady Raiders tallied a run in the bottom of the fourth to pull ahead 3-2 before Marshall County retied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth when Perryman came home on a two-out RBI double by Watkins after leading off the inning with a single, advancing to second on a Allison Sheroski sacrifice bunt, and stealing third.

Spring Hill plated a run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead, but the Tigerettes once again mounted an immediate response and pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh to claim a 5-4 advantage. After Medley and Perryman both singled to put women on first and second with no outs, both runners moved up 60 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Sheroski before scoring on a Watkins two-run double.

The Lady Raiders staved off defeat by notching a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 5-5, but Marshall County grabbed a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth when Martin scampered home on a RBI single by Medley after belting a two-out triple.

Perryman made the lead stand up, as she retired Spring Hill in order in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win for the Tigerettes.