Tigerettes outlast Lady Bobcats, claim 12-AA title
Friday night in Pulaski, another chapter in a classic rivalry that has been raging for decades played out on the field as the Giles County Lady Bobcats hosted the Marshall County Tigerettes, who needed just one win to claim the District 12-AA Tournament title.
Hits come, but...
Offense prevailed in game one, while pitching eventually won out for the Tigerettes.
Bub carries Lady Cats
In game one, the Tigerettes scored five runs on 11 hits, but it wasn't enough as Emma Bub put the Lady Bobcats on her shoulders and carried them through, driving in six runs in an 8-5 win.
Bub slammed a three-run home run in the second inning and bases loaded triple in the third inning, while Shae Murray also homered in the third inning, giving the Lady Cats a 7-1 lead.
Giles County starting pitcher Mary Beth Brumit had all the runs she would need.
Brumit gave up four runs the rest of the way and ended up with 11 strikeouts in the contest, while walking one Tigerettes' batter.
Big home run
Marshall County senior third-baseman Mecia Reed hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, her second dinger of the year.
One game for it all
All the work, successes and setbacks of the season came down to one game for the district title for both squads, who would be squaring off for the fifth time this year and for the first time in the championship game since 2002 when Giles County won 1-0.
Senior Jacey Perryman went to the circle for the Tigerettes and was superb, turning in one of her best performances of her career, at crunch time.
"This was the biggest win of my career, I'm more than happy, there are no words to describe it," said Perryman. "This is what our whole season has been about, is working to get to this point."
Perryman went the distance, giving up one earned run on five hits, walking two and striking out just one Giles County batter, but the 'K' was huge and was probably the difference in the ballgame.
Senior Kenzie Anderson tripled with two outs in the top of first inning for the Tigerettes and came home on an infield error.
The 1-0 lead stood up as Perryman and Murray dueled into the night until Marshall County tacked on another run in the top of the fifth inning.
Allison Sheroski drew the only walk issued by Murray in the game and promptly stole second base before Reed drilled an RBI single to left field, scoring Sheroski.
Perryman escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the fifth and in the bottom of the sixth, Giles County threatened to go ahead.
Back-to-back singles got things going for the Lady Cats, but a great catch on a pop-up by Reed seemed to slow them down before a Marshall County error sent Kate McComiskey to the plate, making it 2-1.
The fans were at a frenzy on both sides as Bub stepped in the batter's box and swoosh, swoosh, swoosh, three swings later, Bub was out.
"That was a stressful moment, but it was definitely the biggest moment of the night, striking her out," said Perryman. "She had a tons of hits in the first game, so I could not worry about the runners on base, I had to hits my spots and not let her get on base."
Perryman got the next batter on a grounder back to the circle, and in the bottom of the seventh, Giles County managed to push a runner to second base with two outs before Anderson squeezed a pop-up at first base, clinching the district title for Marshall County (19-9).
The Tigerettes take on Camden Central (23-9) tonight at Reese Hamrick Field at Lewisburg in the first round of the Region 6-AA Tournament with the first pitch slated for 5:30 p.m.
"We are definitely going to come out harder than what we have ever come out before," said Perryman. "This is bigger than district, this something bigger and better, so we have to come out hard."
The two teams have met five previous times with four of the games coming in the postseason, the last in 2012 when the Lady Lions beat the Tigerettes 5-2 at Lewisburg in the region opener.
Tonight's game is do-or-die.
Marshall County 010 300 1--5 11 3
Giles County 034 001 -----8 9 0
Marshall County: Grace Medley 3-for-3, Kenzie Anderson 2-for-3, Jacey Perryman 2-for-4, Mecia Reed 1-for-4, Leah Hollingsworth 1-for-3, Ashton Watkins 1-for-4, Sydne Solomon 1-for-4.
RBI: Reed 3, Solomon 1, Medley 1.
Giles County: Mary Beth Brumit 2-for-3, Emma Bub 2-for-3, Breanna Summers 2-for-3, Shae Murray 1-for-4, Ali May 1-for-3, Addison Gowan 1-for-3.
HR: Bub, Murray.
RBI: Bub 6, Murray 1, Kate McComiskey 1.
Marshall County 010 010 0--2 6 2
Giles County 000 001 0 ---1 5 2
Marshall County: Kenzie Anderson 2-for-3, Mecia Reed 2-for-4, Jacey Perryman 1-for-3, Allison Sheroski 1-for-3.
RBI: Reed 1.
Giles County: Shae Murray 2-for-3, Mary Beth Brumit 1-for-2, Breanna Summers 1-for-3, Kate McComiskey 1-for-4.