Watkins' HR puts Tigerettes in title game

Friday, May 8, 2015
Ashton Watkins, seen here in a game at Giles County last week, slammed the go-ahead, two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning Wednesday night to lift the Tigerettes over Giles County 4-2. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

The top two teams in District 12AA were squaring off Wednesday night for a chance to win and move on to the district championship game.

The Marshall County Tigerettes (18-8) travelled to Pulaski to take on the host Giles County Lady Bobcats. Having split the regular-season series, it was not a surprise that the game came down to the end with the Tigerettes eventually winning 4-2 in eight innings.

The Tigerettes knew coming in that they were in for a battle, and that they would have to fight for every score. Leah Hollingsworth got on base first for the Tigerettes, drawing a walk her first at-bat. With the help of a base hit from Ashton Watkins and a wild pitch, Hollingsworth was able to score, making it 1-0.

After the Tigerettes scored in the first, the Lady Bobcats responded quickly, evening the score at 1-1.

Sudden stop

That's when the offense halted for the Tigerettes. The next three innings the Tigerettes were limited to "three-up, three-down" situations, leaving the team frustrated.

And while Marshall County wasn't getting anything done offensively, the Lady Bobcats were. They took advantage of a wild pitch from Perryman in the bottom of the second, which allowed the pinch runner to score, putting the Lady Bobcats ahead 2-1.

Kenzie Anderson got on base first in the top of the fifth for the Tigerettes with a bomb to center field that was just a few feet short of going over the fence. With the crowd really cheering on Grace Medley, she hit a ground ball that just got past the infield defense, which earned her a RBI single and also tied the game at 2-2.

After the Tigerettes were not able to do anything in the top of the sixth, the Lady Bobcats were trying to take back the lead. With one out, the Lady Bobcats had the bases loaded and were threatening to score. Sydne Solomon came up huge for the Tigerettes, fielding two balls in a row and getting the runners out at first base and saving any possible runs from being scored.

"I just try not to think about it", said Tigerettes pitcher Jacey Perryman about the bases- loaded situation.

"Of course all the nerves are going through my head, but I just have to focus on that better and get us out of the inning."

Extra innings

It was apparent that it would take extra innings to determine which team would get the win and move on in the District 12AA Tournament. Allison Sheroski led off the eighth with a failed bunt attempt. Reed was back up to the plate after that, and she hit a line drive to left field, earning herself a single. After the sacrifice bunt from Hollingsworth, Watkins was up to bat once again, and this time she got the perfect pitch. Watkins launched a home run over center field, making the Tigerettes go up 4-2.

The Marshall County Tigerettes were able to hold strong and earn a huge win in the District 12AA Tournament, beating their long-time rival Giles County, 4-2, though forced into extra innings to do so. The Tigerettes earned a spot in the championship game and will now have to wait to see who wins Friday's matchup with Giles County and Spring Hill.

WP: Perryman -- 8IP, 8H, 2R, 2 ER, 3BB, 2SO