Tigerettes sparkle in win over Spring Hill
After seven straight losses, the Marshall County Tigerettes bounced back with two consecutive home wins, beginning with a 10-0 win on Tuesday over CPA at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg where Marlee Woodward tossed her first career perfect game.
Woodward struck out seven and got plenty of run support as the Tigerettes scored four runs in the third inning and six more in the fifth to put the game away.
“It felt great, we had a solid defense and we hit the ball,” Woodward said. “As a pitcher, every game comes and goes and I was not thinking about it, I was playing every out.”
The Tigerettes came back with a win over Spring Hill on Wednesday as Brooklin Conger followed Woodward’s perfection in the circle with a neat, five-hit, 6-0 shutout victory.
“Between me and Brook, this is my favorite one-two punch we have ever had,” Woodward said. “It’s important that we both pitch well and we are coming together as a team really strong here in the end.”
Marshall County’s defense was sparkling as they turned three double plays in the game and made several more great plays to conclude two error free contests.
“It just feels good knowing we have a solid defense and we can make plays behind our pitchers,” said the infield combo of shortstop Leah Hollingsworth and second baseman Alli Hobbs. “I think last season we peaked in the middle of the season, but this year we are peaking at the end of the season and we feel really good going into the district tournament.”
Hollingsworth (3RS, SB) and Hannah Davis (2B, 2RBI) led the offensive attack with 3-for-4 performances at the plate.
Lexi Cashion (3B, RBI, RS) had two hits and Taylor Walls (2RBI, RS), Hobbs, Hannah Sheppard (RBI), and Savannah Wooten all had one base knock apiece.
The Tigerettes struck early, scoring four first-inning runs on an RBI double by Davis and run-scoring single by Sheppard.
“That is something we have not done well this year is scoring early, we always had to fight, fight, fight and it’s hard to fight when you’re not scoring a lot,” MCHS coach Heather Denton said. “So getting those three runs at the beginning of the game gave us a lift and some encouragement and that is Tigerettes softball and that is what we can do.”
Spring Hill helped the Tigerettes out by committing three errors in the inning and they never recovered from the early onslaught.
Conger and the Marshall County defense had a lot to do with the Lady Raiders’ lack of offense as two out of the three double plays turned by the Tigerettes’ infield erased a leadoff baserunner in the fourth and seventh innings, while the other double-bubble was an inning ending play that wiped out a bases loaded situation in the top of the third inning.
“Our defense played phenomenal, in my history here I can’t remember three double plays by the same three players,” Denton said. “It was a great job by Leah and Alli and Taylor (Walls) catching the ball at first base.”
The Tigerettes added a single run in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Davis and Marshall County finished up the scoring in the game with a pair of runs in the sixth when Taylor Walls stroked a two-out, two-run base hit to left field with the bases loaded.
“Our pitchers have had to work really hard this year, our bats have not been as active as they have been in the past and our pitchers have had to pitch shutout games trying to keep the opponents to a minimum,” Denton said. “Brooklin pitched great in this game and kept the ball down to get ground balls and Marlee did the same thing in her perfect game, getting a lot of groundouts and she struck out seven.”
The Tigerettes (7-15, 4-7) played at Cornersville last night and host the Bulldogs tonight before finishing up the regular season next week with a road game at Moore County on Monday and a trip to Page on Tuesday for their final District 12AA contest.
“I’ve been telling them all year that our record doesn’t matter,” Denton said. “This is when we need to peak, we need to peak now and in the district tournament next week, so I think we will be fine.”
Wednesday, April 26
Spring Hill 000 000 0-5 3
Marshall County 310 002 X- 6 12 0
Spring Hill: Alise Maynard 1-for-3, Gracyn Martin 1-for-3, Shelby Seacrest 1-for-3, Layla Bennett 1-for-2, Savannah Vernon 1-for-3
BB: Martin, Bennett
E: Maynard, Martin, Seacrest
LP: Layla Bennett (6IP, 12H, 6R, 3ER, 0K, 1BB)
Marshall County: Leah Hollingsworth 3-for-4, Hannah Davis 3-for-4, Lexi Cashion 2-for-3, Taylor Walls 1-for-4, Ali Hobbs 1-for-4, Hannah Sheppard 1-for-3, Savannah Wooten 1-for-3
RBI: Walls 2, Davis 2, Sheppard
RS: Hollingsworth 3, Cashion, Naomi Hopper, Walls
WP: Brooklin Conger (7IP, 5H, 0R, 0ER, 1K, 2BB)
Tuesday, April 25
CPA 000 000 0-0 0 0
Marshall County 004 06 X-10 10 0
Marshall County: Lexi Cashion 2-for-3, Taylor Walls 2-for-3, Leah Hollingsworth 1-for-3, Hannah Davis 1-for-2, Alli Hobbs 1-for-2, Hannah Sheppard 1-for-3, Savannah Wooten 1-for-2, Marlee Woodward 1-for-2
2B: Walls, Wooten
RBI: Walls 3, Sheppard 2, Hobbs, Katherine Donahue, Cashion
BB: Davis, Hobbs, Wooten, Katherine Donahue, Brooklin Conger
RS: Cashion 2, McKinley Richardson 2, Walls, Madison Southerland, Hobbs, Sheppard, Wooten, Naomi Hopper
SB: Naomi Hopper, Hollingsworth
WP: Marlee Woodward (6IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 7K, 0BB)