Tigerettes romp over West Morgan
Following a tough 2-1 loss against reigning 7A Alabama state champion Buckhorn on Friday evening, the MCHS Tigerettes headed back down to Lawrenceburg to take on West Morgan on the final day of the Firehouse Subs Classic.
And after scoring just one run the night before, the Tigerettes opened the floodgates with a 16-2 win over the Lady Rebels to push their record to 3-1 early in the season.
"We did a good job of being disciplined at the plate by making sure we got a ball that we could hit," MCHS coach Wes Woods said. "Understanding the situations like where the runners are and where we want to try and hit the ball.”
“We'd take a pitch to get a pitch and that was positive to see their IQ's and understanding of the game."
The Tigerettes received a standout game on the mound from veteran pitcher Marlee Woodward, who allowed just two runs over three innings and finished with three strikeouts.
"My game plan was to come in and throw the best I can, throw strikes," Woodward said. "I think I did well. I don't think I made too many mistakes on the mound. I pitched a pretty good game, I think."
The Tigerettes’ bats were extremely live, scoring seven runs and batting through the order in the first inning and adding four more runs in the second, before finishing the game with six more runs in the final at-bat.
Sydne Solomon and Hannah Shepard each picked up home runs in the contest and four other Tigerettes had multiple RBI's.
The damage started almost immediately as Leah Hollingsworth and Savannah Wooten knocked back-to-back singles to start off the contest before Solomon stepped up and sent a bomb deep over the fence for a 3-0 lead.
"When I saw her warming up, I noticed she was slow," Solomon said. "I got my timing in the on-deck circle and then when I got into the box she threw me a ball low and then she threw me one perfect and I reared back and hit that thing. I had a plan when I went up there and my plan worked."
The damage continued for West Morgan pitcher Emari Hutto as Naomi Hopper drew a walk and Hannah Davis hit a single before Lexi Cashion knocked a hit up the middle to bring home two more runs for a 5-0 lead.
Shepard walked before Hollingsworth delivered her second hit of the contest into center field to bring home the final two runs of the frame.
The Rebels made a small push in the second inning as Shelby McCullough dropped a bloop single for the lone West Morgan run of the inning, but the Tigerettes bats stayed smoking hot.
Claire Woods started things off with a single, followed by a Hopper walk before Davis hit a double deep to the center field fence to bring home both runners and extend the lead to 9-0.
Cashion struck again with a second straight double to the right center fence to bring home Davis and Kathryn Donahue continued the run with a single up the middle to bring home Cashion for an 11-1 lead after two innings.
The third inning brought much more of the same as Woods started off with a double to the fence and Hopper reached on another walk before Alli Hobbs brought both runners home with a single and the lead was 13-1.
Cashion reached on an error before Shepard stepped up the plate and jacked a two-run dinger deep over the fence for the final Tigerettes’ run of the contest.
"She was pretty consistent with what she was throwing, all of them were fat, right down the middle," Shepard said. "So, get up there with the right mindset, swing at the first pitch that comes down the middle and the winds gonna carry it for you."
The Rebels tacked on one run late for the final score of 16-2 in the Tigerettes’ favor.
Marshall County 745-16 11 0
West Morgan 101-2 5 5
Marshall County: Lexi Cashion 3-for-3, Hannah Davis 2-for-2, Leah Hollingsworth 1-for-3, Sydne Solomon 1-for-2, Claire Woods 1-for-3, Alli Hobbs 1-for-1, Hannah Sheppard 1-for-2, Kathryn Donahue 1-for-2.
RS: Naomi Hopper 3, Cashion 3, Davis 2, Sheppard 2, Hollingsworth, Wooten, Solomon, Abby McGehee, Ericka C, Hobbs.
2B: Davis 2, Woods, Cashion.
HR: Sheppard, Solomon.
RBI: Cashion 4, Solomon3, Hobbs 2, Hollingsworth 2, Sheppard, Donahue.
ROE: Woods, Hollingsworth, Hopper.
SB: Hollingsworth, McGehee.
Team LOB: 2
WP: Marlee Woodard (3IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 4K, 0BB)
West Morgan: Aaliyah Wallace 2-for-2, Shelby McCulloch 2-for-2, Emari Hutto 1-for-2.
RS: Wallace 2.
RBI: Hutto, McCulloch.
Team LOB: 3
E: Cailey Barbee 3, McCulloch, Annabelle Pac.
LP: Emari Hutto.