Tigerettes’ season ends in 1-0 loss at Pulaski
The Marshall County Tigerettes faced a do-or-die situation at Giles County Tuesday night in a District 12AA Tournament loser’s bracket game and it went down to the wire as the Lady Bobcats eked a 1-0 win to end Lewisburg’s season.
“They (Giles County) have played light’s out defense against us all year,” MCHS coach Heather Denton said. “I feel like we never get a lucky play in the game---they get diving catches on line drives, ankle catches, so I knew we would have to hit and to win the ballgame and we didn’t.”
Marlee Woodward fought like a warrior in the circle for the Tigerettes, giving up one earned and four hits, while striking out one and walking none in the complete game effort.
“Since Marlee’s freshman year she has improved so much,” Denton said. “Her effort is phenomenal and her work ethic is phenomenal.”
“She gives 110 percent every single day in everything she does and I can’t brag enough about her effort and her willingness to learn and be the best she can be.”
The Tigerettes (10-18) managed just three hits off Lady Bobcat starting pitcher Bianca Malone, who also went the distance in the contest.
Lexi Cashion, Alli Hobbs and Katherine Donahue all had one hit apiece for Marshall County.
Marshall County left five runners on base in the contest and never had a runner reach third base.
First and second inning scoring opportunities went by the wayside for the Tigerettes, who left a baserunner stranded on second base in both frames.
A Cashion one-out double in the top of the first inning was followed by a two-out base on balls to Taylor Walls, but Malone got out of the inning on a line shot out to left field.
Hobbs beat out an infield single with one out in the bottom of the second before Donahue reached on an error.
A pop-out to first base was followed by a groundball to shortstop where the ball was bobbled, but the force out was given at second base on a bang-bang play to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Woodward was sailing along with a perfect game through four innings and in the top of the fifth, the Tigerettes had another scoring opportunity when Donahue banged a leadoff single.
Unfortunately, MCHS was not able to get a bunt down to move the runner and their last scoring opportunity was squandered.
Woodward gave up her first hit in the home half of the frame to Ashlyn Kimbrough before Giles County did get a bunt down to move her to second base.
A passed ball sent Kimbrough to third base and she scored on a fielder’s choice RBI by McKenna Birdsong.
“That’s the difference in the ballgame,” Denton said. “They got that bunt down and advanced that runner to second and we didn’t get our bunt down.”
Malone went on to retire the next six Marshall County batters in a row to end the game.
The Tigerettes did not have a senior player this season and also were without the services of Western Kentucky commit Sydne Solomon, who suffered a knee injury in basketball and missed the entire season.
“Sydne should be back and healthy, so that gives us the talent we have now and that adds to it and the freshmen class is pretty large and we have some good talent coming up also,” Denton stated.
Next year, the Tigerettes field seven seniors and have high hopes to get back to their winning ways.
“I told them to commit to playing summer ball, commit to get better, don’t be satisfied with the season we had and always want more and always compete to be the best athlete,” Denton said.
Marshall County 000 000 0-0 3 1
Giles County 000 010 X-1 4 1
Marshall County: Lexi Cashion 1-for-3, Alli Hobbs 1-for-3, Katherine Donahue 1-for-3
BB: Taylor Walls
DP: Savannah Wooten, Hannah Davis, Walls
LP: Marlee Woodward (6IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1K, 0BB)
Giles County: Allie Toone 1-for-3, Ourbrcyah Daly 1-for-3, Ashlyn Kimbrough 1-for-2, Bianca Malone 1-for-2
RBI: McKenna Birdsong
ROE: Lexi Barnicle
WP: Bianca Malone (7IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 2K, 1BB)