Page stuns Tigerettes, ends season

Friday, May 9, 2014
Marshall County centerfielder Allison Sheroski tries to rob Page's Chloe Condo of a hit in the top of the second inning. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

That's why they play the games. Page knocked the Marshall County Tigerettes (15-15) out of the District 12-AA tournament on Wednesday afternoon, as MCHS dropped a 3-1 decision to the Lady Patriots at home in the second round of the loser's bracket.

The Tigerettes had won the last 15 meetings between the two teams and had outscored Page 26-6 in three games this season, but the Lady Patriots didn't seemed phased by the recent history of the series on Wednesday and held a 1-0 lead through the first four and a half innings of play.

After Marshall County tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Page didn't buckle under the pressure and pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh to seize a 3-1 advantage before holding MCHS scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to pull off the surprising upset.

Marshall County shortstop Ashton Watkins throws out Page's Sara Ann Leonard at first base in the top of the sixth inning.

Progress

Despite ending the 2014 campaign on a sour note, Marshall County coach Heather Denton was proud of the progress her team made this season, which saw them win 13 of their last 19 games after starting the year with a 2-9 record.

"I thought we had the potential to go to the Region tournament so this is disappointing," said Denton. "We started off slow this season, but we steadily got better throughout the year. The girls never gave up despite all of the injuries and adversity we had this year."

After pounding out 21 hits and scoring 12 runs against Cascade the previous evening, the Tigerettes saw their bats go cold on Wednesday, as they finished with just five singles and a walk against Page starting pitcher Kacie Scott.

Madison Hargrove went 2-for-4 with a RBI to pace MCHS at the plate, while starting hurler Jacey Perryman, Ashton Watkins, and Madison Thomason each had one hit. Perryman also went the distance in the circle and suffered the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on 12 hits and a walk.

McKinsey Marlin (1 RBI) and Peyton Clark both tallied three hits to lead the Lady Patriots offensive attack, while Morgan Rakes (1 RBI) and Savannah Rosevear-Goetsch added two hits apiece.

First run

Page left a runner in scoring position in three of the first four innings, but finally broke the ice by plating a run in the top of the fifth to grab a 1-0 lead. After singling with one out, Clark was thrown out at third by MCHS centerfielder Allison Sheroski while trying to advance two bases on a Marlin single. Marlin then advanced to third on a single by Rosevear-Goetsch before racing home on a Rakes RBI infield single.

The Tigerettes mounted an immediate response and tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Grace Medley scored on a RBI single by Hargrove after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing to third on a Sheroski sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch.

Following a scoreless sixth inning, Page stepped up during crunch time and notched two runs in the top of the seventh to claim a 3-1 lead. Scott drew a walk to start the inning before Clark singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Both runners then scored on a single by Marlin when the ball rolled past MCHS' left fielder.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Tigerettes brought the tying run to the plate when Perryman reached base on a two-out bloop single, but Lady Patriot left fielder D.J. Cherry caught a line drive by Hargrove to end the game.