Tigerettes outlast Lady Bulldogs

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
MCHS catcher Sydne Solomon tags out Samantha Prosser at home plate in the bottom of the sixth inning, stopping a Cornersville rally. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

It was an early season test for two county softball rivals as Marshall County travelled to Cornersville Thursday night where the Tigerettes outlasted the Lady Bulldogs 7-3.

"We hit when runners were on, I think almost every time we got a runner to second or third, we got a hit to drive those runners home," MCHS coach Heather Denton said. "And defensively, Sheroski (Allison) and Leah (Hollingsworth) came up with huge plays for us and Hannah Sheppard on a throw to home on a runner trying to take home on an error was huge. We made some key plays at key moments."

Mistakes' effect

Cornersville, who had an early lead in the game, made a couple of costly mistakes that Marshall County took advantage of and some stellar defense sealed the win for Tigerettes' hurler Marlee Woodward.

"That first inning she (Woodward) walked three in a row and that's how they scored their two runs, but after that is was all lost," Denton said. "I'm proud of her for bouncing back, hitting her spots and letting her defense do the work."

Woodward went the distance in the circle, tossing seven innings of four-hit ball and gave up two earned runs, while striking out two and walking five Lady Bulldogs in the game.

Hits fly

Marshall County had eight hits by eight different players with Ali Hobbs and Leah Hollingsworth delivering huge two-run doubles that kept Cornersville at bay.

Kirsten Young belts an RBI single in the second inning for Cornersville.

Sydne Solomon put MCHS in front with an RBI single in the top of the first inning before Woodward walked three consecutive batters with one out in the bottom of the frame, setting up back-to-back RBI on a base hit from Cornersville starting pitcher Kirsten Young and an RBI fielder's choice by Emma Mitchell.

Woodward and Young battled in the circle for two scoreless innings before Solomon drew a one-out base on balls and stole second base prior to scoring on an RBI single by Hannah Sheppard, tying the game at 2.

Emily Martin followed with a base hit and Hobbs came up and slammed a gapper, scoring both runners to put the Tigerettes in front for good.

Turning point

Sam Prosser led off the home half of the fourth inning with a base hit and stole second base before Madison Hopkins walked.

Sara Beth Prosser beat out an infield single, scoring her sister after a bad throw and putting Lady Dawgs on the corners with no outs.

MCHS shortstop Leah Hollingsworth, who had several great plays on defense, throws from her knees to first base after snagging a hot shot.

The turning point of the game took place when Prosser was picked off third base and the MCHS defense got out of the jam, turning a pretty 6-4-3 double play.

There was no scoring in the fifth or sixth innings and another great defensive play by Marshall County in the bottom of the sixth squelched a Cornersville comeback when Sheppard made a hustle play to throw a Lady Dawg runner out at home.

The Tigerettes put the game away in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Hollingsworth and a sacrifice fly RBI by Walls, making it 7-3.

Big crowd

Cornersville went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh, including a great running catch in center field by Sheroski for out number two.

"It was an awesome atmosphere, these girls have not played on front of huge crowd like this because they are mostly freshman and sophomores," Denton said. "They were ready to play, they had tons of momentum and they wanted to win the ballgame."

Samantha Prosser makes a hustle play in left field for the Lady Bulldogs, who fell 7-3 to the Tigerettes at home Thursday night.

Hannah Singleton, Carson Coble, Young and Samantha Prosser all had one hit apiece for Cornersville.

Kathryn Donahue, Hollingsworth, Sheroski, Solomon, Sheppard, Martin, Hobbs and Taylor Poteete all had one base knock for the Tigerettes, who traveled to the Sarah Beth Whitehead Tournament at Jackson over the weekend, going 4-1.

March 19: Marshall County at Cornersville

Marshall County 100 300 3-7 8 2

Cornersville 200 100 0-3 4 0

Marshall County: Leah Hollingsworth 1-4, Allison Sheroski 1-3, Sydne Solomon 1-3, Hannah Sheppard 1-3, Emily Martin 1-3, Ali Hobbs 1-3, Taylor Poteete 1-3, Kathryn Donahue 1-3.

RBI: Hollingsworth 2, Hobbs 2, Taylor Walls 1, Sheppard 1, Solomon 1.

Cornersville: Hannah Singleton 1-4, Carson Coble 1-2, Kirsten Young 1-3, Samantha Prosser 1-3.

RBI: Young 2.

WP: Marlee Woodward (7IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2K, 5BB)

LP: Kirsten Young (7IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 3K, 2BB)

March 20 and 21: Sarah Beth Whitehead Tournament at Jackson Sportsplex

Marshall County 300 30-6 8 1

Trinity Christian Academy 201 0X-3 7 2

Marshall County: Emily Martin 2-3, Allison Sheroski 1-3, Taylor Walls 1-1, Sydne Solomon 1-3 , Hannah Sheppard 1-3, Taylor Poteete 1-2, Halle Chapman 1-2.

RBI: Solomon 2, Chapman 1, Walls 1, Martin 1.

WP: Halle Chapman (5IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 4K, 1BB)

Covington 220 2-6 8 6

MCHS 106 X-7 7 2

Marshall County: Kathryn Donahue 2-2, Leah Hollingsworth 1-3, Allison Sheroski 1-2, Hannah Sheppard 1-3, Emily Martin 1-2, Ali Hobbs 1-2.

RBI: Donahue 2, Hobbs 1, Solomon 1, Martin 1.

WP: Brooklin Conger (3IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB)

Save: Marlee Woodward (1IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 1K)

Hickman County 003 00-3 7 3

MCHS 201 4X-7 7 2

Marshall County: Sydne Solomon 2-2, Leah Hollingsworth 1-3, Allison Sheroski 1-3, Taylor Walls 1-2, Hannah Sheppard 1-3, Ali Hobbs 1-2.

RBI: Solomon 3, Hollingsworth 1, Sheppard 1.

WP: Marlee Woodward (5IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 6K, 1BB)

Gibson County 000 10-1 3 4

MCHS 500 11-7 6 0

Marshall County: Leah Hollingsworth 2-3, Hannah Sheppard 2-3, Allison Sheroski 1-3, Taylor Poteete 1-3.

RBI: Sheppard 3, Poteete 2, Halle Chapman 1.

WP: Halle Chapman (5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 2K)

Crockett County 554-14 15 0

MCHS 020- 2 3 2

Marshall County: Sydne Solomon 1-2, Ali Hobbs 1-1, Kathryn Donahue 1-1.

RBI: Hobbs 1, Solomon 1.

HR: Hobbs 1, Solomon 1.

LP: Marlee Woodward (1IP, 10H, 9R, 8ER, 1K), Brooklin Conger (2IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER)

March 21: Spring Hill at Marshall County

Spring Hill 011 300 300 11-10 16 3

MCHS 230 003 000 12-11 15 7

Marshall County: Taylor Walls 3-6, Allison Sheroski 2-5, Sydne Solomon 2-5, Hannah Sheppard 2-5, Ali Hobbs 2-4, Kathryn Donahue 2-5, Leah Hollingsworth 1-4, Emily Martin 1-4.

RBI: Walls 3, Solomon 3, Sheppard 2, Hobbs 1, Martin 1, Donahue 1.

HR: Solomon

WP: Marlee Woodward (5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4K, 2BB)

Starting Pitcher: Halle Chapman (6IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, 5K, 0BB)

Next game: Next game: Thursday, March 24 at CPA, 5 p.m.