LMS Tigerettes come to end of successful year

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Abby McGehee rips a single during the Tigerettes’ 8-6 extra inning loss to Lincoln County on Friday night.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Lewisburg Middle School softball team welcomed Lincoln County Middle School to town on Friday night with a chance to end the season with just three losses in sixteen games, but despite roaring back from a 6-1 deficit heading into the fourth inning to send the game into extra innings the Eagles prevailed 8-6 in eight innings.

"With this being the end of the year I just told them you've got to learn from games like that because those are the games that great teams win," LMS coach Hannah Osteen stated. "Somebody has got to be willing to step up and make the play and we just didn't do that. And (Lincoln County) had some great batters and great hits."

After battling back to tie the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning, the Tigerettes looked ready to steal the contest in the final inning as Dionna Crutcher started off the seventh inning with a walk before stealing second base to advance into scoring position.

Mallorie Wooten guns down a Lincoln County batter after fielding a groundball at shortstop.

One out later, an Abby McGehee single to centerfield looked to be the winning hit, but Crutcher misjudged the hit and was only able to gain third base.

The next two batters went down on a groundout and a pop foul to end the inning with runners stranded on second and third and the score still knotted at 6-6.

All looked to be lost after the Eagles scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a commanding 6-1 lead, but the Tigerettes slowly battled back, scoring three runs in the fifth inning before Lincoln County brought in Johnsey who struck out three straight hitters to leave the bases loaded heading into the sixth inning with the score 6-4.

Dionna Crutcher slides into third base during the Tigerettes contest against the Lady Falcons.

After sitting down three of the next four Eagle batters, the Tigerettes were on the prowl once again in the fifth inning as McGehee started off the inning with a single to center, followed by a hard hit single to left from Wooten.

Johnsey was able to get outs number one and two of the inning with fielder's choice to third base each time before Lancaster drove in a run with single down the right field line, followed by a Lentz single past the outstretched glove of the third baseman to bring home the tying run at 6-6.

"We've done a good job all year chipping away whenever we've got down," Osteen said. "So I always tell them--chip away every inning, try and score runs because if we score a run every inning then we should win every game."

The win was not in the cards on this night as the Eagles scored two runs in the extra inning and the Tigerettes ran out of gas, going three up and three down to end the game.

And without a conference to play in for LMS, the Tigerettes finished up the regular season with an above average 12-4 record, giving Marshall County High School coach Heather Denton a lot of talented players to look forward to gaining the next two seasons.