After dropping two district games last week, the Tigerettes roar back by sweeping a doubleheader from district foe Martin Luther King High this past Thursday, April 15 at Tigerette Stadium.
MLK threatened to break away quickly in the 1st inning by loading the bases and having 0 outs. One of the runners scored on a throwing error but senior pitcher Tabby Key struck out the next 3 batters to retire the side.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Tigerettes sent their first 7 batters to the plate and all 7 collected hits. The 8th and 9th batters earned walks as the MCHS squad really began to turn up the heat on he Royals.
Each MCHS hitter had taken 2 at-bats before MLK finally recorded the 3rd out. The Tigerettes scored 12 runs on 11 hits, 4 walks and 2 errors in the 1st inning. Both defenses dug in and held tight for the rest of the game with the Tigerettes winning 12 to 1. Tabby Key got the pitching victory with 2 hits, 5 strikeouts outing over 3 innings of play.
Maghen Brawner threw the 4th and 5th innings, allowing 1 hit while striking out 4 Royals. Defensively, the Macon Countains committed only one error and executed a nice 4-6-3 double play in the last inning with Kayce Wilson, Annie Coley, and Elizabeth Yokley representing the 4, the 6 and the 3 respectively.
Obviously, several Tigerette hitters fattened their batting averages during this one. Here's how they did: Maghen Brawner led all hitters going 3 for 3 with 3 singles and 1 RBI. Jordan White went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles; one of them producing 2 RBIs. Tabby Key and Kayce Wilson were each 2 for 4. Both had a double and a single. Wilson had 2 RBis while Key had 1. Annie Coley, Lindsey O'Hair, Elizabeth Yokley, and Rebecca Carter had 1 single each. Also, having RBIs were Rebecca Carter with 2 and Elizabeth Yokley and Natalie Tuck, each with one.
The second game was also a 5 inning matchup as both sides had agreed to makeup the previously rained-out game at MLK right after the scheduled game at MCHS.
The Lady Tigers were visitors on the scoreboard only as the Tigerette faithful cheered their favorite team on during the nightcap game.
MCHS drew blood first, scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning. MLK answered with a run in the bottom half of the first. Sophomore hurler Maghen Brawner and the Tigerette "D" shut down the Royals in innings 2 through 4 but the MCHS bats had cooled off save for a leadoff triple by Kayce Wilson in the 3rd inning. MLK caught Wilson at the plate when she tried to score on a hard-hit ball to 2nd base by Lindsey O'Hair. Wilson had held at third before an errant throw to 1st base opened a window of opportunity to score. Unfortunately for MCHS, a friendly bounce off of the fence allowed the 1st baseman to recover quickly and get the ball to the plate in time for the out.
With the score still 2-1 the Tigerettes entered the 5th inning needing some insurance runs. Annie Coley came up with a big one out single to get things started. Kayce Wilson and Lindsay O'Hair were both walked to load the bases. Coley was forced out at home by a grounder to the pitcher for out number 2.
With 2 out and the bases loaded Tigerette hitter Maghen Brawner crushed a fastball over the center fielder's head to score all 3 base runners and the give the Macon Countains a 5-1 advantage.
Brawner took the mound for the final inning and, with a little help from he defense, preserved the win and completed her first varsity no-hitter of the season. The victory upped her pitching record 3-2.
Offensively, the Tigerettes were led by catcher Kayce Wilson, who was 2 for 2 with a single and a triple. Annie Coley and Elizabeth Yokley each had 1 single while Maghen Brawner added a double.
Brawner collected 3 RBIs and Kayce Wilson was credited with 1 RBI during the contest.
The two victories improved the Tigerette's overall record to 11-7 and a 6-3 district mark.
On Friday, April 16, the team traveled to Greenbrier to tangle with the Lady Bobcats. The Tigerettes were defeated earlier this year 9-0 by the Greenbrier team and anxious to redeem themselves.
The Lady Tigers played better but still came up on the losing end of a 3-1 score. Tabby Key (ERA 1.20) only gave up 1 earned run while spreading 7 hits across six innings of play. Her record falls to 8 wins against 6 losses.
Key also had a double in the game while Kayce Wilson added a single. Wilson would later score the Tigerettes' lone run on an RBI groundout by Freshman Jordan White.
The Tigerettes are scheduled to host the Portland Lady Panthers on Thursday, April 22 with a 4 p.m. start and a JV game will follow. The team plans to travel to Gallatin on April 23 and 24 for tournament action. The date of May 3 holds a visit from district opponent Hume Fogg to close out the season for MCHS.
With the district tournament being held in Springfield this year, only a limited amount of chances remain to catch the "2004" Tigerettes in action here at home. Make plans not to attend one or more of the exciting, fast paced MCHS Fastpitch Softball games at Tigerette Stadium.
Fast-pitch JV unable to answer to Lady Bobcats
The Tigerette Junior Varsity finally got some work as they faced off against the Lady Bobcat J.V. immediately following the Varsity game.
Both teams were scoreless until Greenbrier finally scored in the bottom of the 4th inning.
The Tigerettes were unable to answer in the 5th and lost the game 1-0.
On offense, MCHS freshman Dani Tirjan reached base twice. Once on a clean double and once more on an error by the center fielder. Casey Kemp was the only other MCHS base runner during the contest, getting aboard with a walk. The JV record falls to 3-2-1.
Maghen Brawner threw the 1st 2 innings striking out 2 before being relieved by Jordan White for innings 3 and 4. White assumed the loss with the opposition picking up the unearned run during her watch in the 4th. White's JV record drops to 3-2.
The JV team will travel to Franklin-Simpson (KY) on April 27 for a 4 p.m. start.