Lady Eagles douse Tigerettes

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Sydne Solomon tags up at third base before scoring on an Ali Hobbs sacrifice fly in the third inning versus Summertown. Photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County Tigerettes welcomed Class A Summertown to Lewisburg last Wednesday night in preparation for the stiff competition heading into the District 12-AA tournament later this week.

The Lady Eagles, annually the top dog in District 12-A, have made three sectional appearances since 2010, only to be stopped by Forrest each time.

Marshall County traveled to Lawrence County just three weeks earlier to take on the Lay Eagles at Summertown and heading back home with a 15-5 defeat.

Storm ends it

Summertown proved to be too much for Marshall County on the rainy, April evening as the Tigerettes trailed 6-3 heading into the sixth inning before a massive thunderstorm ended the game and the home team's winning streak was stopped at four games.

"We have the mindset to play with high intensity every game, no matter who we play," MCHS coach Heather Denton said. "It was an improvement from the last time when we played."

Summertown took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning when catcher Reagan Hannah knocked a three-run bomb deep over the left center fence, but Marshall County pitcher Halle Chapman escaped any further damage by getting Summertown pitcher Madison Kinney to ground out to third to end the inning.

Roaring back

The Tigerettes came roaring back in the bottom of the second with Savannah Wooten leading off the inning with a double, Leah Hollingsworth followed with a single and Sydne Solomon knocked home Wooten to cut the lead to 3-1.

Marshall County was not finished as Hollingsworth stole home and Solomon scored on an Ali Hobbs sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game at three.

Halle Chapman winds up in the circle for the Tigerettes, who fell 6-3 to Summertown last Wednesday night.

Summertown threatened again in the third inning, loading the bases with no outs, but Chapman got out of the jam unscathed with a fielder's choice out at home and two deep pop-ups to leave the game stalled at 3-3.

Kinney settled down in the third and fourth innings, allowing just one Marshall County base runner before Summertown added two in the fourth and one in the fifth before the rains came.

Sudden stop

The rain came down in sheets and after the first hint of thunder in the distance, the umpires called the game.

"I thought the girls played hard," Denton said. "We kept Summertown to a low score and we hit the ball well. They made a few more plays than we did."

The Tigerettes traveled to Bell Buckle with a depleted squad due to a stomach virus that engulfed most of the team on Thursday and lost 7-0 in a rematch with District 12-AA leader Cascade to drop Marshall County into a tie with Page for second place in heading into the district tournament.

Summertown 102 102-6 8 1

Marshall County 003 000-3 10 3

Marshall County Hannah Sheppard 3-for-3, Sydne Solomon 2-for-3, Savannah Wooten 2-for-3, Leah Hollingsworth 1-for-4, Ali Hobbs 1-for-1, Emily Martin 1-for-3

RS: Hollingsworth, Solomon, Wooten

2B: Wooten, Martin

RBI: Hobbs, Solomon

SAC: Allison Sheroski, Kathryn Donahue

SF: Ali Hobbs

FC: Hollingsworth, Donahue

SB: Solomon

LP: Halle Chapman (6IP, 8H, 6R, 4ER, 1K, 1BB)

Marshall County at Cascade

Thursday, April 28

Marshall County 000 000 0-0 0 2

Cascade 402 010 X-7 11 1

SAC: Allison Sheroski

HBP: Sheroski, Marlee Woodward, Kathryn Donahue

SB: Sheroski 2

LP: Marlee Woodward (6IP, 11H, 7R, 3ER, 2K, 1BB)