Tigerette pitcher Tabitha Key struck out 5 during the contest and led the team in batting with a 2 for 3 performance. Lindsay O'Hair, Lindsey Shrum, and Rebecca Carter each had 1 single during the game. Annie Beth Coley and Chelsea Blankenship provided 1 run-batted-in apiece. Kayce Wilson and Natalie Tuck scored the runs for MCHS.
In the second game of the night, the Lafayette team posted a victory with a 7-0 win over Antioch High School. Sophomore Maghen Brawner tossed a one-hitter and collected 7 K's while the MCHS defenders turned in a faultless effort on the diamond.
The Tigerettes again managed 5 hits at the plate and once more were led by senior member Tabitha Key who had 2 singles in 2 official at-bats. Annie Beth Coley and Chelsea Blankenship each had one double during the match while Lindsey O'Hair added a single to provide offensive support. Coley and O'Hair also led the team in rbi's, with 3 and 1 respectively.
Pool play continued on Saturday morning, March 13 as the Tigerettes faced the "Fighting Irish" softball team from Father Ryan High School. The Irish held on to a slight 1-0 lead after 3 innings before breaking away with a 3 run 4th inning and held on for a 4 to nothing victory over our Tigerettes. Macon County freshman hurler Jordan White saw her first high school tournament action and pitched well during the loss. White only surrendered four hits and 2 earned runs while the defense committed 3 errors in 5 innings of play. On offense, Tabitha Key and Rebecca Carter each had a single to lead the Macon batters.
With "pool play" behind them, the Lady Tigers entered the single elimination tournament on Saturday afternoon against Brentwood High School of Williamson County.
Again, senior Tabitha Key took the mound and scattered 3 hits across six innings of play with both teams still scoreless entering the 7th inning. Brentwood had threatened in the first inning only to be turned away by the resourceful Tigerette "D". MCHS had runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs in the 5th inning but were unable to push one across home plate. In the top of the 7th the Lafayette batters were put away in order 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. The Brentwood team only sent two batters to the plate to collect their winning run in the bottom of the 7th. A lead-off triple was followed by a grounder to 2nd base. The throw to the plate was not in time and Brentwood High advanced and the Tigerettes headed home after the narrow 1 to nothing loss.
The Tigerettes were led at the plate by Sophomore Chelsea Blankenship who had a double.
Overall the MCHS team played well during the weekend. Each opponent they faced were a higher division team as rated by TSSAA classifications. Beech Playday games are officially recognized as scrimmages and do not count as seasonal games so the Tigerettes remain undefeated and untied at this point in the season. Their first scheduled game was held Monday, March 15, with the Lady Owls of Carthage traveling to Lafayette. On Tuesday, March 16, the Tigerettes traveled to Springfield for a district matchup.
The Softball team, coaches, parents, and supporters would like to thank everyone who participated in the basketball tournament on March 5th and 6th. The tournament was sponsored by the MCHS Softball Booster Club to raise money for the team. Special thanks to the employees of Fleetwood Mobile Homes, Lafayette Fire Department, Tri-County EMC, American Greetings, Macon County General Hospital, Macon County Ambulance Service and North Central Telephone Cooperative. A big thank-you also goes out to Eddie Sullivan, David Thomas, and Keith Joines, who along with MCHS Softball Head Coach Tonya Wells, officiated the games and did a good job. The fundraiser was declared a huge success and would not have been possible without the support of those mentioned above.