Layoff hurts as Tigerettes fall to Fayetteville
The Marshall County Tigerettes (3-2) had their modest two-game winning streak snapped on Friday afternoon when they dropped a 3-1 decision to Fayetteville at home.
Fayetteville (4-3) built a 3-0 lead through the first five innings of play before staving off a couple of rally attempts by the Tigerettes over the final two frames to hang on for the win.
Marshall County had scored a total of 25 runs in their last two contests, but looked rusty at the plate after an eight-day layoff and mustered only six hits against Fayetteville starting pitcher Riley Fleming while striking out 15 times.
"She had some good upward movement on her pitches and we had a hard time keeping our head on it. We had been really hot, but we took a few days off because of Spring Break and I think that affected us," said Tigerette coach Heather Denton.
Shortstop Ashton Watkins went 2-for-3 with a triple and a RBI to lead Marshall County at the plate. Starting pitcher Jacey Perryman, Mecia Reed, Sydne Solomon, and Leah Hollingsworth each tallied one hit for the Tigerettes as well with Perryman scoring Marshall County's lone run of the game.
Perryman was the tough luck loser in the circle and allowed three runs, two earned, on just three hits and two walks to go along with six strikeouts.
Kaitlyn White (1 RBI), Taylor Bryan (1 RBI), and Makenzie Moorehead notched one hit apiece for Fayetteville.
The Tigerettes had a chance to grab the lead in the top of the second when Solomon led off the inning with a single and stole second, but Fleming struck out the next three Marshall County batters to snuff out the threat.
Fayetteville took a 1-0 lead a few moments later by pushing across a run in the top of the third. After singling and stealing second with no outs, Moorehead scored on a bunt by Shelby Peardon thanks to a Marshall County error.
In the top of the fourth, FHS plated another run to open up a 2-0 advantage. Following a leadoff walk by Fleming, courtesy runner Casey McNeal advanced to second on an Amari Bryson groundout before coming home on a two-out RBI bloop single by Bryan.
The Tigerettes had an opportunity to cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fourth after Watkins belted a one-out triple, but Fleming fanned the next two Marshall County batters to escape the inning unscathed.
Fayetteville then tacked on an insurance run in the top of the fifth on the strength of a two-out RBI single by White to stretch their lead to 3-0.
The Tigerettes finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Perryman scored on a RBI single by Watkins after lacing a one-out double down the left field line and advancing to third on an infield single by Reed.
Watkins then stole second base to put two runners in scoring position with one out, but Fleming once again kept her cool and sat down the next two Marshall County batters on a groundout and a strikeout to limit the damage in the sixth inning before working around a one-out double by Walls in the bottom of the seventh.