Tigerettes fall to defending state champs

Friday, March 31, 2017
Right fielder Kathryn Donahue fires a shot to second base during the Tigerettes 11-0 loss against Wilson Central on Saturday.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

After playing five games in three days against top notch competition, the road did not get any easier for the MCHS Tigerettes in the final game of the Southern Warrior Classic against 2015 State AAA champion Wilson Central at Barfield Park.

The Tigerettes went into the top of the third down just 1-0, but the Lady Wildcats scored seven runs in the inning before winning 11-0 in five innings.

"We definitely played very hard competition (at the Southern Warrior Classic)," MCHS Heather Denton. "In the long run it will make us better. Better competition will only prepare us for district play."

Marlee Woodard fires a strike to catcher Savannah Wooten in the Tigerettes’ game against 3A Wilson Central.

Tigerette pitcher Marlee Woodard was roughed up by the Wildcats, giving up nine hits in five innings, while allowing eight runs and failing to strikeout a single Wilson Central batter despite throwing a game-high 15 first pitch strikes.

"Wilson Central were very good hitters, they had good bat control," Denton stated. "Six of nine batters were lefty slappers that could place the ball wherever they wanted."

"Playing such hard competition, Woodard learned the importance of ball placement and hitting our locations with all pitches," Denton added. "We have to keep the ball down."

The Tigerettes' offense sputtered to the finish line, amassing just one Leah Hollingsworth hit for the game after combining for 23 hits against AAA powerhouses Bolton and Riverdale on Thursday.

The Hollingsworth hit did not come until the fourth inning.

Despite finishing off the last two days of the tournament being outscored 39-5 and going 0-4, Denton liked the experience her team attained.

"The good (over the weekend) was we were able to see where we need to be," Denton said. "That should make district play easier, but we need to get our confidence up."

The Tigerettes hop back into the district with a game at CPA on Tuesday before traveling to Clarksville on Friday and Saturday for the Zaxby's Tournament at Rich Ellen Park.

Wilson Central 107 12-11 13 0

Marshall County 000 00-0 1 2

Marshall County: Leah Hollingsworth 1-for-2

E: Annie Hawkins, Courtney Edde

LP: Marlee Woodard (3IP, 9H, 8R, 7ER, OK, 1BB), Ali Adams (2IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 0K, 0BB)