Tigerettes prevail over Lady Dawgs in senior night thriller
Cornersville hosted Marshall County High School in an intra-county rivalry contest Tuesday night as the Lady Bulldogs celebrated senior night in Frog Bottom.
The Lady Dawgs waited until after the game to honor seniors Emma Mitchell, Hannah Hart, Mikaela King, Hannah Singleton and Ali Blair Jones and in an act of kindred sportsmanship, Cornersville also honored MCHS seniors Leah Hollingsworth, Kathryn Donahue, Sydne Solomon, and Savannah Wooten.
And the game was awesome, won by the Tigerettes 4-1.
“It was a great game and a great crowd,” Marshall County coach Wes Woods said. “It was a rivalry game so you can throw the records out, you can throw it all out.”
“You know it was going to be a tough game and it was.”
The Tigerettes outhit the Lady Bulldogs 13-6, but Cornersville threw some serious leather at Marshall County to keep the game close.
Mitchell was incredible behind the dish for the Lady Bulldogs, gunning down 3-out-of-4 MCHS baserunners trying to steal second base, including two in the top of the third inning.
The Tigerettes also had a great defensive game as Donahue made several nice catches in right field and threw out a Cornersville runner at home plate to end the bottom of the first inning.
Donahue also came up huge at the plate for MCHS later on.
Hollingsworth had three hits for Marshall County, while Claire Woods, Donahue, and Mackenzie Walls had two base hits apiece.
Solomon, Savannah Wooten, Tatum Garrett, and Naomi Hopper all had one base knock apiece for the Tigerettes.
Mitchell went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Lady Bulldogs and C.J Thompson, Singleton, Aleia Childress, and King all had one hit apiece.
Claire Woods picked up the win in the circle, tossing the final four innings after coming in for Marlee Woodward, who started the game and gave up no earned runs on four hits.
Woods surrendered two hits, struck out seven and walked one Cornersville batter.
King went the distance for Cornersville, tossing five innings of scoreless ball until the Tigerettes tied the game in the sixth inning.
“Hats off to their pitcher, that changeup was nasty!” Woods said.
Cornersville scored first, tallying a run in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Thompson.
Marshall County had two hits in the top of the third, but Mitchell erased both runners trying to steal.
Woodward set down the Lady Dawgs 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning and King escaped a two-out bases loaded jam in the top of the fourth when she induced an inning ending groundout to Thompson at second base.
After King drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth inning, Woods came in and set down the next three Cornersville batters in order, including a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
“About the fourth inning I told my kids that inning we had some good quality at bats and we didn’t get anything out of it, but if we have those kind of at bats we will score,” Woods said. “I told them, look I know you are fighters and we are going to get some runs and win this game.”
There was no scoring in the fifth, but in the top of the sixth inning Marshall County tied the game at 1-1 on a two-out, RBI base hit by Walls.
Woods struck out the side in order in the bottom of the sixth before the Tigerettes took control of the contest in the top of the seventh inning.
With one out, Solomon was intentionally walked and Hollingsworth followed with her third hit of the night.
King got the second out of the inning on a fly ball to left field before Woods gave Marshall County the lead with an RBI single to centerfield.
Donahue stepped up to the plate and bashed a two-run double to the leftfield fence, giving Woods all the insurance runs she would need.
“I am really excited for that kid (Donahue), she had some great at bats at Columbia Academy last night and her confidence is growing,” Woods said. “That was a shot we needed and she came up big for us and that was a big moment for a senior.”
Mitchell managed to stroke a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to keep the game alive before Donahue grabbed a fly ball in right to end the contest.
“We started out slow and came back in the end got the win,” Donahue said. “I knew I had to do a job there and I got it done, so I’m happy.”
The Tigerettes (17-9) have a bye in the first round of the District 12-AA Tournament that began on Thursday and will play at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg in the second round.
“We will have our district meeting tomorrow and we will sort through that and find out who we are playing and what time,” Woods said. “I’m excited for the kids, they have earned the right to be second place and get that bye.”
“All the hard work and investment has paid off, this is all a brand new season now and every one of those district games will be tough.”
Marshall County improved to 12-2 versus Cornersville since 2002 with the Lady Dawgs’ only two wins coming in the 2014 season.
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Marshall County: Leah Hollingsworth 3-for-4, Claire Woods 2-for-4, Kathryn Donahue 2-for-4, Mackenzie Walls 2-for-3, Sydne Solomon 1-for-2, Savannah Wooten 1-for-4, Tatum Garrett 1-for-4, Naomi Hopper 1-for-3.
RS: Solomon, Hollingsworth, Donahue, Dionna Crutcher.
2B: Solomon, Donahue.
RBI: Donahue 2, Woods, Walls.
INT WALK: Solomon.
CS: Solomon, Hollingsworth, Hopper.
WP: Claire Woods (4IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 7K, 1BB), Marlee Woodward (3IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2K, 0BB).
Cornersville: Emma Mitchell 2-for-4, C.J. Thompson 1-for-4, Hannah Singleton 1-for-4, Aleia Childress 1-for-4, Mikaela King 1-for-3.
RS: Sara Beth Prosser.
BB: Anna Davis.
HBP: Prosser, Davis.
SB: Davis, Abby Woodard.
LP: Mikaela King (7IP, 13H, 4R, 4ER, 4K, 1BB).