Tigerettes heat up, pound Columbia 9-0
The Marshall County Tigerettes just want to play some ball.
With just two games completed during this rainy, cold early season, the Tigerettes were fired up and ready to play on Wednesday in a make-up game versus Columbia Central at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg.
"I think it took us a while to get used to the timing of the pitcher, she was a little bit slower than the other two we faced back-to-back, so it just took us a while to get that timing," said MCHS coach Heather Denton.
The MCHS offense produced nine runs on eight hits, while senior pitcher Grace Medley shut down the Lady Lions in the home opener.
"Grace did a great job on the mound," said Denton. "She kept the ball low and let her defense work, so I am really proud of her."
Medley went the distance in the circle, giving up four hits, while striking out three and walking one to pick up her first win of the year.
"I was trying to keep it low and let the defense work," said Medley. "If it was a ground ball I knew it was going to be an out."
Senior leadoff batter Jacey Perryman had a perfect night at the plate, going 2-2 with a pair of bases on balls, two RBIs, and two runs scored in the contest.
Freshman Leah Hollingsworth had a stellar home debut, scoring once and knocking in a pair of runs in a 2-4 performance at the dish.
Hollingsworth threw some leather on the Lady Lions as well, coming up with two nice running catches in left field.
Junior backstop Emily Martin also came up big with two hits in four at bats, plus two RBIs and two runs scored.
Hollingsworth banged a two-out bases loaded double in the first inning to give the Tigerettes a 2-0 lead.
"It felt really good, there was a bunch of pressure, but once you hit it, it got all the pressure off of you," said Hollingsworth. "I wanted it for my team, because I was like I can't let my team down, I got to get this."
Denton said about the Hollingsworth double, "The bases were loaded there she stepped up and made the play and I think that really got us going."
Medley escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom of the second when Ashton Watkins fielded a hot shot at shortstop and fired to first to end the inning.
MCHS sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the third and scored three runs on two hits as Columbia Central pitcher Summer Reese could not find the strike zone.
The Tigerettes were issued seven bases on balls in the game by two Columbia Central hurlers.
Martin had an RBI infield hit in the inning and Medley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Perryman walked two batters later with the sacks full of Tigerettes.
A four-run fifth inning made it 9-0 for Medley, who stayed in focus and completed the win for MCHS.
"It's nice to get all those early runs," said Medley. "It lets you relax a little, but you still have to stay focused and get the job done."
Columbia Central 0000000 -- 0 4 1
Marshall County 203040-----9 8 3
MCHS: Jacey Perryman 2-for-2, Leah Hollingsworth 2-for-4, Emily Martin 2-for-4, Kenzie Anderson 1-for-3, Sydne Solomon 1-for-2.
Central: Alexus Johnson 2-for-3, Tamijah Kinzer 1-for-3, Elizabeth Shumate 1-for-3.