Tigerettes halt Page in 12-AA opener
On Friday, the Marshall County Tigerettes (14-13) overcame their first hurdle in the playoffs when they defeated the fifth seeded Page Lady Patriots 7-0 at home in the opening round of the District 12-AA tournament.
With Friday's win, the Tigerettes recorded their 15th straight win over Page and climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
After scoring 19 runs against the Lady Patriots in their two regular season meetings this year, Marshall County once again roughed up Page pitching and banged out 11 hits against starting hurler Kacie Scott to go along with three walks. Mecia Reed led the Tigerettes' offensive attack by going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Grace Medley added two hits and 2 RBI for MCHS as well, while starting pitcher Jacey Perryman (2 RBI), Madison Thomason (2 RBI), Allison Sheroski, Mary Kate McGehee, and Ashton Watkins each had one hit.
"I'm proud of Mecia. She had been struggling recently, but she came out and showed off today. We did a good job of capitalizing on our opportunities," said Marshall County coach Heather Denton. "We've got to stay in the winners bracket because it makes our life much easier. Today was a solid team win."
Perryman also went the distance in the circle to pick up her 14th victory of the year and scattered seven hits and two walks over seven innings en route to recording her fourth shutout of the season.
Peyton Clark and Savannah Rosevear-Goetsch both notched two hits to pace the Lady Patriots at the plate, while Chloe Condo, D.J. Cherry, and Anna Hurd had one hit apiece.
Perryman worked around a leadoff single by Clark in the top of the first inning with the help of a 6-3 double play before the Tigerettes plated two runs in the bottom half of the frame to grab a 2-0 lead.
Perryman drew a leadoff walk, but was thrown out at third when she tried to advance two bases on a bunt single by Sheroski. Sheroski then advanced to second on a bloop single by McGehee before Scott issued a walk to Watkins to load the bases with one out. After Sheroski scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0, Thomason drove in McGehee with a sacrifice fly.
Page left two runners on base in two of the next three innings before Marshall County broke the game open by crossing home plate three times in the bottom of the fourth to open up a 5-0 advantage. The Tigerettes loaded the bases with one out thanks to singles from Thomason, Hargrove, and Reed before Medley plated Thomason and Hargrove with a two-run single. Reed then scampered home on a RBI bloop single by Perryman to cap the scoring in the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, MCHS extended their lead to 6-0 when Watkins scored on a Thomason sacrifice fly after belting a one-out triple.
Page stranded runners on first and second in the top of the sixth before the Tigerettes tacked on another run in the bottom half of the inning to forge a 7-0 lead. After singling to lead off the frame, Reed advanced to third on a Emily Martin sacrifice bunt and a bloop single by Medley before coming home on a Perryman sacrifice fly.
The Lady Patriots had one final chance to get on the board in the top of the seventh and put runners on first and third with two outs on singles by Hurd and Clark, but Perryman retired McKinsey Marlin on a fly out to preserve the shutout.
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