Solomon leads Tigerettes in district finale
The 2016-2017 season was a lost year for Marshall County Tigerette standout Sydne Solomon as she had to sit out the softball campaign with a knee injury, but the Western Kentucky University signee has come back with a vengeance.
Solomon has put up a solid 2017-2028 campaign as she recently broke the MCHS homerun record set by Austin Whaley and she added to that total Friday night in a 5-2 win versus Murfreesboro Central Magnet School (MCM).
“Sydne did a great job catching and hitting the ball, I’m proud of her,” Marshall County coach Wes Woods said. “We started off slow, popping the ball up, but we adjusted well throughout the game and hit the ball when we got it squared up better.”
Solomon went a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homerun and two RBIs as the Tigerettes finished the District 12-AA slate with a 7-3 record and a second place finish behind Forrest (10-0).
Besides two losses to the Lady Rockets, the Tigerettes’ only other loss came at home versus MCM and revenge was on the minds of the Lewisburg girls on Friday.
“There are good quality teams throughout our whole district,” Woods said. “Nobody is a gimmee and if you don’t show up to play anybody can beat, just like all the other teams. It’s a new season and I’m looking forward to it.”
The District 12-AA standings were incomplete at press time as the district tournament starts on Thursday at the site of the higher seed throughout.
“We have to play one game at a time and come to play every night,” Woods said. “We have great kids and great parents, so we just have to keep working and if you’re not doing that, you’re not getting any better,” Woods said.
Freshman Claire Woods was strong in the circle for the Tigerettes Friday night at McKnight Field in Murfreesboro, tossing a complete game for the victory.
Woods gave up two earned runs on six hits and struck out five and walked two Central Magnet batters.
“Even though I didn’t think she was her sharpest, and she would probably tell you the same, we battled through and got the job done,” Woods said.
Woods’ only blemish in the circle was a two-run homerun by Abby Frazier in the top of the sixth inning.
Tatum Garrett had two hits for the Tigerettes, while Leah Hollingsworth, Savannah Wooten, Woods, and Naomi Hopper all had one base hit apiece.
Both teams wasted a scoring opportunity in the first inning and then both hurlers set down the side in order in the second.
Garrett led off the top of the third inning with a base hit and one out later, Solomon doubled to left field to put Tigerettes on second and third base.
Hollingsworth knocked in Garrett with a sacrifice fly RBI before Wooten walked and Woods stepped up to the plate and helped herself when she drilled a two-run double to the left field fence to make it 3-0.
There was no scoring in the fourth inning and in the top of the fifth, Hopper lashed a leadoff single before Solomon bashed a two-run homer to give Marshall County a 5-0 lead.
Murfreesboro Central Magnet pitcher Faith McCaghren came up with a leadoff single in the bottom of the frame and her courtesy runner Natalie Peruzzi was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Hope Scott.
Woods got the next two outs to extinguish the threat and Marshall County failed to score in the top of the sixth inning.
Ashley Dyer walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth and one out later, Frazier bashed her two-run homer to make it 5-2.
After a strikeout, Haley Nicholson singled with two outs before Woods escaped any further damage on a fly ball to Hannah Sheppard in left field.
The Tigerettes did not score in the top of the seventh inning and Woods set down the side in order in the home half of the inning to end the game.
Marshall County 003 020 0-5 10 0
MCM 000 002 0-2 6 0
Marshall County: Sydne Solomon 4-for-4, Tatum Garrett 2-for-3, Leah Hollingsworth 1-for-3, Savannah Wooten 1-for-3, Claire Woods 1-for-3, Naomi Hopper 1-for-2.
RS: Solomon 2, Wooten, Woods, Hopper.
2B: Solomon 2, Woods.
RBI: Solomon 2, Woods 2, Hollingsworth.
SAC FLY: Hollingsworth.
WP: Claire Woods (7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 5K, 2BB).
Murfreesboro Central Magnet: Kali Penney 2-for-3, Alyssa Ward 1-for-3, Abby Frazier 1-for-3, Haley Nicholson 1-for-3, Faith McCaghren.
RS: Frazier, Ashley Dyer.
BB: Ward, Dyer.
SAC BUNT: Hope Scott.
LP: Faith McCaghren (5IP, 8H, 5R, 5ER, 1K, 1BB), Abby Frazier (2IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 0BB).