Tigerettes blast past CPA 16-1
Hits fly in district contest, sweep of season series
After posting a 3-1 record at the Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Tournament over the weekend, the Marshall County Tigerettes made easy work of Christ Presbyterian Academy on Wednesday when they crushed the Lady Lions 16-1 in five innings to complete the sweep of the season series.
Marshall County (7-4, 2-2 District) got contributions from their entire lineup and banged out 16 hits overall against CPA starting pitcher Hope Wells, who suffered the loss.
Centerfielder Allison Sheroski led the Tigerettes' hit parade by going 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Ashton Watkins (3 RBI), Sydne Solomon (2 RBI), McKenzie Anderson (2 RBI), and Emily Martin (2 RBI) tallied two hits for MCHS as well with Solomon and Anderson both belting homeruns, while Mecia Reed (2 RBI), Mary Medley (1 RBI), starting hurler Jacey Perryman, Leah Hollingsworth, and Taylor Walls each had one hit.
"This weekend we got some of our girls out of a slump. We've been playing only one game a week because of the weather so it was good to get them some at bats this weekend. It paid off today because we put some good swings on the ball," said Marshall County coach Heather Denton.
Perryman also went the distance in the circle to pick up her fourth win of the season and limited the Lady Lions to only five hits while issuing just one walk and recording five strikeouts.
Maddy Clay notched two hits to pace CPA (4-4-1, 0-3 District) at the plate and Ally Hockaday added a solo homerun.
The Tigerettes pounced on the Lady Lions early by jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Reed drew a one-out walk before racing home on a Watkins RBI double. After Solomon reached base on an error, Martin roped a two-run double into the right centerfield gap to drive in Watkins and Solomon. Anderson then capped the scoring in the inning by cranking a two-run homer over the centerfield fence.
Marshall County continued to rapidly extend their lead in the top of the second and pushed across four more runs in the frame to forge a 9-0 advantage. Sheroski legged out a bunt single to lead off the inning prior to advancing to second on a Perryman single. Following a groundout by Reed, Watkins laced a two-run double into the left field corner before Solomon clubbed a towering two-run homer.
The Tigerettes stretched their lead to 11-0 in the top of the third thanks to a two-run single by Reed prior to crossing home plate four more times in the fourth inning on the strength of a Anderson RBI groundout, a RBI single by Medley, and a CPA error to open up a 15-0 advantage.
Hockaday spoiled Perryman's shutout bid by smacking a solo homerun to deep centerfield in the bottom of the fourth to trim the deficit to 15-1.
In the top of the fifth, Marshall County tacked on another run to cap their 16-1 victory when Solomon scored on a double steal after doubling and advancing to third on a Walls single.