Tigerettes shut out Springfield at Clarksville

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Tigerette second baseman Ali Hobbs makes a move toward the bag as the Springfield batter runs out a bunt.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County Tigerettes faced stiff competition two weeks ago at the Southern Warrior Classic in Murfreesboro, playing three games against three 3A teams that had played in the state tournament within the past five years.

Friday night at the Zaxby's Invitational in Clarksville offered little reprieve with another 3A matchup against Springfield in the tournament opener.

Marshall County was clicking on all cylinders on this night, beating the Yellow Jackets 6-0 behind a strong pitching performance from Marlee Woodard and great defense by the starting nine.

"I told the girls we've got to play solid defense," MCHS coach Heather Denton explained. "That's what we've worked on all week is solid defense. I know our bats will come around, we just have to be patient.

So that was our mindset tonight, play airtight defense and we'll hit the ball."

Defense was the name of the game as the Tigerettes outfield was able to keep the rare Yellow Jacket hit in front of them and the Marshall County infield combination of Taylor Walls, Ali Hobbs, Leah Hollingsworth, and Lexi Cashion were able to help Woodard out of trouble with no errors on the night.

"We just played like we wanted to be here," Woodard, who picked up her second win in a row, said. "We had zero errors on the field and I had zero walks. I mean, that just makes for a good game."

"Marlee got ahead and she gave up no walks," Denton said. "Very few times she went deep into the count, so that was one component in the win. And then we played airtight defense."

"Girls were diving after the ball," Denton added. "Taylor Walls had a phenomenal defensive game at first base. I couldn't brag enough about the plays she made. Defensively the outfield got to the balls. They did great."

The blue and white were led in the batters box by Hobbs, who finished the contest 3-for-3 with two RBI.

"Well, I've been hitting a lot lately, but it goes right to a glove every time the past few games," Hobbs said. "So finally they just fell in the right place, thank goodness."

MCHS catcher Hannah Davis and pitcher Marlee Woodard watch as Hannah Sheppard runs into foul territory to catch the ball near the foul line.

It turns out the 19-1 romp over CPA last Tuesday was just what the doctor ordered to allow the Tigerettes to put the tough losses in the Southern Warrior Classic in the rear view mirror and regroup for a run at the Zaxby's title.

"Absolutely," Denton agreed. "That's the bats that I know Marshall County softball has. And the girls that I have on this team, they are gonna fight and they are gonna win. They knew that was a big game, so they came ready to play."