LMS Tigerettes edge South Giles

Friday, March 6, 2015
Lewisburg starting pitcher Marlee Woodward tossed a four-hitter and racked up 10 strikeouts over seven innings to help lead the Tigerettes to a 2-1 win over South Giles. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigerettes ran their record to 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon when they defeated the South Giles Lady Eagles 2-1 at home behind a strong performance from starting pitcher Marlee Woodward.

After the Tigerettes jumped out an early 2-0 lead, the Lady Eagles (0-1) narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning.

Great escape

South Giles then had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the sixth inning, but Woodward escaped a no-out bases loaded jam to maintain the Tigerettes' tenuous one-run advantage before holding the Lady Eagles scoreless in the top of the seventh.

Woodward picked up the first victory of her LMS career by yielding just four hits in seven innings of work while racking up 10 strikeouts and issuing only two walks.

"I don't know what you can say about Marlee. She didn't even make the team last year, but she's pitching great this season. I think we have two good pitchers in her and Brooklin (Conger)," said Lewisburg coach Beau Hardison.

South Giles starting hurler Anna Johnson was the tough luck loser in the circle after allowing two unearned runs over six innings on four hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts.

Lewisburg third baseman Annie Hawkins tries to throw out South Giles' Kennedy Salters at first base in the top of the third inning.

Taylor Poteete tripled to account for the Tigerettes' lone extra base hit of the contest, while Savannah Wooten, Annie Hawkins, and Woodward all singled.

Faith Cross (1 RBI), Hannah McComiskey, Makenna Birdsong, and Kennedy Salters each tallied one hit for the Lady Eagles.

Early lead

South Giles was in the giving mood at the start of the game, as the Tigerettes plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning with the help of three Lady Eagle errors to take a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the third, South Giles had a chance to cut into the deficit when Salters legged out an infield single and second baseman Ashlyn Kimbrough reached base on an error to put runners on first and second with one out. Lewisburg's defense quickly atoned for its miscue, as second baseman Lexi Cashion caught a line drive by Allie Toone before throwing out Kimbrough at first base for an inning ending 4-3 double play.

LMS nearly tacked on another run in the bottom of the third when Poteete roped a triple to right field, but she was thrown out at the plate by Kimbrough while trying to stretch it into an inside the park homerun.

The Lady Eagles then closed the gap to 2-1 in the top of the fourth when McComiskey came home on a RBI single by Cross after belting a leadoff triple to deep centerfield.

Close calls

After Kimbrough gunned down another Tigerette runner at home plate in the bottom of the fourth to keep the deficit at one, South Giles loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth thanks to an error and a pair of walks by McComiskey and Birdsong.

Cashion, however, made another big defensive play when she snared a line drive by Cross before Woodward retired the next two Lady Eagle batters on a strikeout and a fielder's choice to extinguish the South Giles threat.

"We haven't had much time on the field because of the weather, but when we have we've fielded a lot of groundballs. I figured we'd be able to hit the ball so we've really focused on our defense. Our defense played great tonight," said Hardison.

Woodward then sat down South Giles in order in the top of the seventh to secure the win for the Tigerettes.