Tigerettes hit the road, clobber Cascade 12-2
The Marshall County Tigerettes (15-14) stayed alive in the District 12-AA tournament by going on the road and crushing the Cascade Lady Champions 12-2 on Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the loser's bracket.
Cascade had swept the season series against MCHS, but the Tigerettes showed that they had vastly improved since that time and jumped out to 6-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
Feet to the floor
After the Lady Champions trimmed the deficit to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Marshall County kept their foot on the gas and outscored Cascade 6-1 over the final three frames to pull away for the lopsided victory.
The Tigerettes enjoyed a banner day at the plate, as they pounded out 21 hits against two Lady Champion pitchers. Ashton Watkins helped trigger Marshall County's offensive explosion by going 3-for-5 with a homerun and 5 RBI. Mecia Reed also added four hits and a RBI, and starting pitcher Jacey Perryman tallied three hits and a RBI. Allison Sheroski (2 RBI), Madison Hargrove (1 RBI), Mary Kate McGehee (1 RBI), Madison Thomason, and Grace Medley notched two hits apiece for MCHS as well, while Emily Martin had one hit.
Perryman turned in a solid performance in the circle to earn her 15th win of the season, as she allowed two runs in seven innings of work on seven hits and a walk.
Courtnie Carter went 3-for-4 with a double, a RBI, and a run scored to pace Cascade at the plate, while Sydney Smith (1 RBI), starting hurler Summer Carter, Katelyn Jarrell, and Sarah Beth Thomas each had one hit. Summer Carter suffered the loss in the circle after yielding eight runs over six innings.
The Tigerettes left two runners on base in first inning, but hit Cascade with a haymaker in the top of the second by crossing home plate six times in the frame to take a 6-0 lead.
Reed led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Martin sacrifice bunt before scoring on a two-out RBI single by Sheroski. After advancing into scoring position on a single by Perryman, Sheroski came home on a Hargrove RBI single to make it 2-0. McGehee then drew a walk to load the bases before Watkins blasted a grand slam homerun over the left field fence.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Champions narrowed the gap to 6-1 when Courtnie Carter scored on a RBI single by Smith after leading off the inning with a single and advancing to third on a Summer Carter single.
Marshall County mounted an immediate response and pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth to open up an 8-1 advantage. Following a one-out double by Martin, Medley singled to put runners on first and third. Sheroski then plated Martin with a RBI single before Medley scampered home on a Perryman RBI single.
Cascade whittled the deficit to 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI single by Courtnie Carter, but the Tigerettes drove the final nails in the Lady Champions' coffin by tallying four runs in the top of the seventh.
Medley doubled to lead off the frame, but was tagged out on a fielder's choice by Perryman. After advancing to third on a single by Hargrove, Perryman scored on a passed ball to give MCHS a 9-2 advantage. Following consecutive RBI singles by McGehee and Watkins, Thomason singled to put runners on first and second before Reed drove in Watkins with a RBI single to cap the Tigerettes 12-2 victory.