Tigerettes’ season ends in loser’s bracket final

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Marshall County coach Wes Woods (left) gives the Tigerettes a pep talk during their game versus Giles County Wednesday night.
Tribune photos by Rickey Clardy

LEWISBURG – The Marshall County Tigerettes took the lead against the Giles County Lady Bobcats, but the Lady Bobcats used two three-run innings to take control and ended the Tigerettes’ season with a 6-1 victory in the District 12-AA Tournament Wednesday night at Reese Hambrick Field in Lewisburg.

After winning the first three games against the Lady Bobcats this season, the Tigerettes looked poised to continue their streak and advance to the district championship, but Giles County used some timely hitting and missed opportunities by Marshall County to reverse the trend.

Tigerette hurler Claire Woods was in total control to start the game. Woods struck out four and walked two in her first four innings of work while only pitching to two batters over the minimum.

Meanwhile, the Tigerettes threatened in the second inning. After Woods led off the inning with a single, Kathryn Donahue was hit by a pitch and Mackenzie Walls walked to load the bases with one out. Two Marshall County strikeouts ended the rally as the game remained scoreless.

Leah Hollingsworth slams her final hit as a Tigerette Wednesday night at Lewisburg.

Marshall County broke the ice with some small ball in the third inning. After one out, Leah Hollingsworth singled and stole second. With two outs, Woods singled between short and third base to score Hollingsworth and give the Tigerettes a 1-0 lead.

The Tigerettes put two runners on base in the bottom of the fourth, but a double play on the tail end of a sacrifice bunt stopped the threat.

After only putting two runners on base in the first four innings, the flood gates opened for the Lady Bobcats in the fifth. Makenna Birdsong led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a sacrifice and a passed ball. Lexi Barnickle tied the game with an RBI single. Another sacrifice advanced the Giles County runner, but an error on the play cost the Tigerettes an out. After a stolen base, Anna Johnson drove in two runs with a single to put the Lady Bobcats up 3-1.

Marshall County put a runner on base in both the fifth and sixth innings, but could not score as the Lady Bobcats took their two-run lead to the final inning.

The top of the lineup came through for Giles County in the seventh inning. After one out, Johnson singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Hannah Hill drove in a run with a double to put the Lady Bobcats up 4-1. Faith Cross followed with a two-run blast over the left-center field fence to extend the Giles County advantage to 6-1.

Sydne Solomon singled to give the Tigerettes some hope in the bottom of the seventh, but two fly balls ended the game and sent Giles County home with the win.

Cross had three hits to lead the Lady Bobcats at the plate.

Woods led the Tigerettes with two singles while going the distance on the mound.

Giles County advances to the championship of the District 12-AA tournament and traveled to Forrest Thursday night.

Marshall County ended its season with an 18-11 record.

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LP – Claire Woods.

Giles County – Anna Johnson 2-for-4, Hannah Hill 1-for-4, Faith Cross 3-for-3, MaKenna Birdsong 2-for-4, Lexi Barnickle 1-for-3.

Marshall County – Sydne Solomon 1-for-2, Leah Hollingsworth 1-for-4, Claire Woods 2-for-3, Tatum Garrett 1-for-3, Mackenzie Walls 1-for-2, McKinley Richardson 1-for-3.