Giles County tops Tigerettes in 12-AA tourney

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Marshall County catcher Mary Kate McGehee tags out Giles County's M.K. Bruce at home plate after receiving a throw from right fielder Madison Hargrove in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Giles County (16-6) knocked the Marshall County Tigerettes (14-14) into the loser's bracket of the District 12-AA tournament when they defeated MCHS 3-1 in the second round on Monday night in Pulaski.

Having split the season series with the top seeded Lady Bobcats, the Tigerettes trailed just 1-0 through the first four innings of play, but Giles County tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth to open up a 3-0 advantage before claiming their 16th win of the season.

After giving up nine runs against Marshall County in the previous meetings against the two teams, Lady Bobcat starting pitcher Mary Beth Brumit kept the Tigerettes' offense under wraps on Monday, as she allowed only one unearned run in seven innings of work on just two hits and a walk to go along with four strikeouts.

Marshall County first baseman Grace Medley throws out Giles County's Leslie Sands at first base after fielding a bunt in the bottom of the second inning.

Tigerette hits

Starting hurler Jacey Perryman and third baseman Emily Martin each singled to account for both MCHS hits. Perryman went the distance in the circle as well and suffered the loss after allowing nine hits and a walk over six innings. The Tigerettes also made Perryman's job harder by committing three errors, which led to one of Giles County's three runs.

Lee Lee Lawrence and Brumit notched two hits apiece to lead the Lady Bobcats at the plate, while Leslie Sands (1 RBI), Adison Gowan, Julie Pierce, M.K. Bruce, and Shae Murray each had one hit.

Giles County staked Brumit to an early 1-0 lead by pushing across a run in the bottom of the first inning. After leading off the inning with a bloop double, Lawrence advanced to third on a groundout by Ali May before scoring on the play thanks to a MCHS error.

In the top of the third, the Tigerettes had a chance to get on the board after Martin led off the frame with a single and advanced to second o a Medley sacrifice bunt. Martin then moved to third on a single by Perryman while Perryman reached second base on the throw home, but Brumit struck out the next two MCHS batters to extinguish the threat.

"She's a good pitcher, but at the same time we've got to put the ball in play when we have runners on second and third and less than two outs," said Marshall County coach Heather Denton. "Jacey pitched well enough to win so we've got to find a way to get those runs across when we have people in scoring position."

After leaving two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the third, Giles County had another opportunity to pad their lead in the fourth inning when Bruce reached base on an error and Murray legged out an infield single to put women on first and second with one out. Bruce then tried to score on a single by Lawrence, but was gunned down at home plate by Tigerette right fielder Madison Hargrove before Perryman retired May on a groundout to escape the inning unscathed.

Persistence pays

The Lady Bobcats' persistence finally paid off in the bottom of the fifth, as they pushed across two runs in the frame to stretch their lead to 3-0. Following a leadoff single by Brumit, courtesy runner Taylor McNairy advanced to third on a single by Gowan. Sands then drove in McNairy with a two-out RBI single before Gowan scored on a double steal a few moments later.

Marshall County was unable to cash in on a couple of Giles County errors in the top of the sixth, but managed to spoil Brumit's shutout bid in the seventh inning when Hargrove raced home on a Martin sacrifice fly after reaching first base on an error and advancing to third on a Reed groundout for the 3-1 final.