Tigerettes pound Richland in season opener

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Marshall County hurler Halle Chapman gave up just two hits in the Tigerettes' opening day 13-0 win over Richland at Reese Hambrick Field at Lewisburg. Photos by Mike Inglsbee

The hard part about an opening day win is gauging whether your team is that good or if your opponent is having a down year, but one thing is for sure after the first game of the 2015-2016 season, the Marshall County Tigerettes know how to take care of business.

Big start

The Tigerettes are looking to build off a 12-AA District Championship season in 2015 and welcomed traditional single A power Richland to Lewisburg just two seasons removed from a Class A state championship and made quick work of the Lady Raiders with a 13-0 five inning run-rule win.

"I wanted us to come out strong and hit the ball, that's something we need to be good at is hitting the ball," MCHS coach Heather Denton said. "And to play good defense, let my pitchers get ground balls and fly balls and I thought we did that."

The Tigerettes got a gem of a performance from pitcher Halle Chapman, who pitched five innings of shutout ball, giving up just two hits, while striking out three and walking one.

Pushing hard

"I really push myself to my potential and I really try my hardest," said Chapman, who pitched 37 of 62 pitches as strikes. "Whenever I go out there I tell my girls- I'll do my job and ya'll just back me up. That's all I ask and they definitely do back me up. They do a great job."

Chapman got plenty of help on the offensive side as the Tigerettes finished with 10 hits and the Raider pitchers helped the cause by putting 11 Tigerettes on base via walks.

The Marshall County bats were led by Sydne Solomon with two hits, four RBI and a homerun and Emily Martin with three RBI and a homerun.

Good expectations

"We expected to do good," Martin said. "We didn't know what we were coming out against because we have never played Richland before. We didn't know what we were looking forward to but definitely very proud of my team."

MCHS third baseman Sydne Solomon, who had a homerun and four RBI, gets ready to field a ground ball.

The Tigers took an early 4-0 lead on a Sydne Solomon bomb before Martin went yard for the first time in her career to put the game out of reach before the Raiders knew what hit them.

"I thought, I just hit a homerun," Martin said. "That was my first homerun so definitely the hypest moment of my life."

The rout continued when Allison Sheroski drilled a double deep into center for the 9-0 lead.

Work to do

While a 13-0 win is a great way to open the season, the Tigerettes still left nine stranded on base--- something coach Denton doesn't worry about too much this early.

"I'm not worried about that right now," Denton said. "We did make two mistakes running, so that's something we can work on is our base running skills. I think another thing is just our pitcher hitting her spots a little bit more, but other than that I really can't find any negatives."

The Tigerettes will look to continue its hot streak on Thursday at county rival Cornersville at 5 p.m.

Richland 0 0 0 0 0 -0 2 0

MCHS 10 2 1 0 X- 13 10 1

MCHS: Taylor Walls 2-2, Sydne Solomon 2-2, Leah Hollingsworth 1-1, Allison Sheroski 1-2, Hannah Sheppard 1-1, Emily Martin 1-3, Ali Hobbs 1-3, Taylor Poteete 1-1.

RBI: Solomon 4, Martin 3, Sheroski 2, Walls 2, Sheppard 1, Poteete 1.

HR: Solomon 1, Martin 1.

WP: Halle Chapman