Macon County Girls Softball celebrated Senior Night on Tuesday, just before taking down Central High with a hard-fought 3-2 victory. While team members saluted, the four senior members of the team took the pitcher’s mound with their parents as Head Coach Tabitha Key announced them.
Mary Belton and her parents Dee and Angela Belton were first on the mound. Mary has played Tigerettes softball since her freshman year. She plans to play in college while studying for a degree in orthopedics. Clara Howser and her parents Terry and Audrey Howser were next on the field. Terry has played Tigerettes softball since her freshman year and plans to study occupational therapy in college.
Rachel Schrum and her parents Anthony and Rhonda Schrum stepped out next. Rachel has been a long-time member of the softball team. She plans to start college after graduation. Connor Roddy and her parents Chuck and Cheryl Roddy took the mound last. Connor has played softball for the Tigerettes since her sophomore year. She was the winning pitcher for the game and wants to study education in college and teach third grade.
With anticipation mounting, the seniors and their parents took the mound for a group picture, then headed into the dug out and stands to prepare for victory.
Following the senior celebration, the Tigerettes played Central High. It was their second encounter. The first was earlier in the year on March 27th. The Tigerettes lost that game 14-15, by a point that many in the stands thought was due to a bad call rather than a reflection of the girls’ prowess. Unlike the earlier game, which was a battle of the bats, the game on April 22nd was a pitchers’ battle. Connor Roddy for MCHS kept Central run-less until the third inning, when a fielding error resulted in two runs for Central. The game stayed 0-2 until the the seventh inning, when the Tigerettes pulled out three runs and won the game 3-2.