Tigerettes take down Kentucky squad in tournament

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Tigerette shortstop Leah Hollingsworth steps up to the plate and drives home two runs with a deep triple to center field versus McLean County Kentucky at the Zaxby's Invitational in Clarksville Friday night.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

MCHS rode a season-high two game winning streak into the nightcap of the Zaxby's Invitational against highly regarded McLean County and after scoring just five runs in the four games preceding the streak, the Tigerettes have now outscored its last three opponents 39-5, including a huge 13-4 win over the Lady Cougars.

The resurgent Tigerettes’ offense scored 13 runs on nine hits in just three innings after the game was called for time after the Lady Cougars last at bat in the fourth inning.

"Strong hitting again," MCHS coach Heather Denton said. "From the get-go we crushed the ball. I can't brag enough about how they got up there, they were aggressive, they were hitting shots."

The Tigerettes got a third straight dominant pitching performance, this time from sophomore Brooklin Conger, who finished with a game-high four strikeouts, while giving up just six hits.

"I had to go in and realize what I had been doing wrong and fix it before the next time I got back out there," Conger said. "Just staying out of my own head was the biggest problem. I was getting into my own head more than anything else, so I just had to be happy out there."

Marshall County picked up a monster performance from Savannah Wooten at the plate as the catcher finished with three hits and three RBI to lead the blue and white offense.

Ali Hobbs turned in a second straight productive game on offense, finishing with two hits and two RB after going 3-for-3 in the earlier game against Springfield and Leah Hollingsworth tied Wooten with a game-high three RBI on two hits.

The Lady Cougars started out the game with two quick runs as Rileigh Bobo hit a one out triple to bring home the first run of the contest, before Ashleigh Bobo brought home the second run of the night with a sacrifice fly to center field.

"I knew I had to keep them from scoring as much as I could after those two runs," Conger stated. "And I was hoping that we would get them back when we got up to hit."

Conger proved prophetic as the Tigerettes scored eight runs in the bottom of the first to take complete control of the game.

MCHS left fielder Hannah Sheppard steps up to the plate before blasting a triple to bring home the first Tigerette score of the night against the Lady Cougars.

The big inning started off with a Wooten single into right field, followed by a Hannah Sheppard triple to score the first run of the inning.

Hannah Davis and Taylor Walls each drew a walk before Hobbs continued her tear at the plate with a single over the second baseman's head to give Marshall County a 3-2 lead.

Lexi Cashion reached on a second baseman error before Katherine Donahue followed with a bomb that brought home two more runs for a 5-2 lead.

Hollingsworth almost left the yard with a deep shot to center field, but settled for a triple to bring home another three runs, before Wooten collected her third RBI of the inning with a single to center to push the lead to 8-2.

"I knew we had to come in and have a big rally especially since they really didn't earn their two runs," Hollingsworth stated. "So I knew that we needed to make up for that by coming out and hitting the ball."

"I told them that they've got to play defense," Denton said. "Because when we had an error, they scored a run. And we just cannot give teams anything because they take advantage of it and they'll score more runs against us."

The Tigerettes heeded their coach’s advice, putting down two Lady Cougar batters before an error allowed a run to come home and an Ashleigh Bobo single allowed the second run of the inning to score to trim the lead to 8-4.

Marshall County refused to let the Cougars sneak back into the game and continued to swing red hot bats in the bottom of the second inning to put the game out of reach.

Davis reached on an error and Walls hit a double up the middle, before Hobbs brought both runners home with a triple to right field. Donahue followed with a single past the shortstop and Hollingsworth brought home another run with line drive double into right field for an 11-4 edge.

Wooten finished off a perfect night at the plate with a single into right field that brought home Donahue and Hollingsworth to push the lead to 13-4 after just two innings.

The Lady Cougars went on the add a run in both the third and fourth innings, but the Tigerettes early offensive attack was too much to overcome for the Western Kentucky squad and Marshall County pushed its winning streak to three games.

"We're definitely seeing the ball and hitting the ball better," Hollingsworth explained. "And I think we're gonna take this momentum into the elimination games tomorrow and I think we can go far in this tournament."

McLean County 221 1-6 6 5

Marshall County 850 X-13 9 2

Marshall County: Savannah Wooten 3-for-3, Leah Hollingsworth 1-for-3, Hannah Sheppard 1-for-3, Ali Hobbs 1-for-3, Courtney Edde 1-for-2, Lexi Cashion 1-for-2, Katherine Donahue 1-for-2

2B: Donahue

3B: Hobbs, Hollingsworth, Sheppard

RBI: Wooten 3, Hobbs 2, Hollingsworth 2, Donahue 2, Edde, Sheppard

BB: Taylor Walls, Hannah Davis

RS: Hollingsworth 2, Edde 2, Cashion 2, Donahue 2, Wooten, Sheppard, Davis, Walls, Hobbs

ROE: Walls, Hobbs, Cashion, Hollingsworth, Davis

FC: Donahue, Edde

E: Walls, Hobbs

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