Tigerettes take down Lady Bobcats
The Marshall County Tigerettes posted a 2-3 record at the Gulf Shores Tournament before returning home to Lewisburg for their first District 12-AA contest of the year versus Giles County Monday night at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg and MCHS came away with a big 7-0 win over the Lady Bobcats.
“I told my team it takes a village, it takes everyone,” MCHS coach Wes Woods said. “It takes great plays on defense, it takes a great job catching, and a great job pitching.”
“It’s a team effort and we have several good pieces and it was just a great team win.”
The Tigerettes managed just five hits in the game with four out of the five safeties coming in a huge seven-run bottom of the fourth inning.
Sydne Solomon had two hits and the senior catcher’s grand slam home run capped off the big inning for Marshall County.
“I was just trying to get on, I just wanted to move one runner to get a run in,” Solomon said. “It was sweet, you don’t feel it at all when it goes.”
“It’s always been a rivalry with Giles County, when they come here or we go there it’s always a big game and everybody is ready to play. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little nervous, I still get those butterflies.”
Freshman Claire Woods picked up the complete game victory in the circle, giving up eight hits and one earned run with two strikeouts and zero bases on balls.
Defense was the name of the game early as both squads escaped scoring threats by turning a double play on a ball hit in the air.
Giles County got an inning ending line drive double play in the first inning and the Tigerettes escaped the third inning when senior shortstop Leah Hollingsworth made a circus catch in shallow left field and turned and gunned to first for a double bubble.
Woods allowed at least one Giles County baserunner in each of the first four innings but did not give up a run and in the home half of the fourth inning, the Tigerettes exploded with one out.
Savannah Wooten started the rally with a base hit to center field and Woods walked.
A ground ball moved both runners up before McGehee delivered the eventual game winner with a two-strike, rocket double to the left/center field gap to plate two runs.
“Abby is a freshman and she hasn’t been in that situation and it was a timely two-out hit,” Woods said. “We gotta have those if we are going to win championships and if you are going to compete for championships, you have to have those timely two-out hits. It was awesome for her, awesome for her confidence and I’m know her family is super excited.”
Hannah Sheppard walked and Donahue followed with an RBI single to left field, making it 3-0.
Naomi Hopper drew a base on balls to load the sacks and Giles County changed pitchers with Solomon coming to the plate.
On the second pitch, Solomon hammered a line drive grand slam over the center field fence, giving the Tigerettes a comfortable 7-0 lead.
“I was glad to see her in that situation, she is a great player, a great teammate, and a great leader,” Woods said. “I just told her we just need a base hit, relax your hands, you’re a great hitter and see what happens and luckily she hit it out.”
Woods set down the Lady Bobcats in order in the top of the fifth inning and gave up a run in the sixth on an RBI triple by Anna Johnson.
A pop-up to second base ended the sixth inning and after surrendering back-to-back leadoff base hits in the top of the seventh inning, Woods retired the final three Giles County batters to end the game.
The Tigerettes played at Nolensville last night, at Forrest on Thursday and MCHS hosts Cornersville on Friday night.
“It one game at a time,” Woods said. “Nolensville will present a challenge for us and our entire district is good, so it’s good to start out 1-0.”
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Giles County: Anna Johnson 2-for-3, Ashlyn Kimbrough 2-for-3, Hannah Hill 1-for-4, McKenna Beck 1-for-4, Jada Gardner 1-for-3, McKenna Birdsong 1-for-3.
HBP: Faith Cross.
E: Brenna Huckaba.
DP: Lexi Barnicle, Cross.
LP: McKenna Beck (5.2IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 1K, 5BB), Bianca Malone (.1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0K, 0BB).
Marshall County: Sydne Solomon 2-for-3, Savannah Wooten 1-for-3, Abby McGehee 1-for-2, Kathryn Donahue 1-for-3.
RS: Solomon, Wooten, McGehee, Hannah Sheppard, Donahue, Naomi Hopper, MicKinley.
BB: Leah Hollingsworth, Claire Woods, McGehee, Sheppard, Hopper.
RBI: Solomon 4, McGehee 2, Donahue.
SB: Solomon, McGehee.
E: Lexi Cashion.
DP: Hollingsworth, Cashion.
WP: Claire Woods (7IP, 8H, 1R, 1ER, 2K, 0BB).