Three-run first inning propels Macon County past Tigerettes

Macon County scored three runs in the top of the first inning, and that proved to be all they needed to get past the DeKalb County High School Tigerettes, 3-1, Wednesday in Smithville. Macon avenged an 11-1 loss at home to DC last Tuesday, in Lafayette.

The visiting Tigerettes sent all nine hitters to the plate in the top of the first inning, and scored three runs on three hits, including RBI singles by Katie Reid and Leah Rather. DeKalb starter, Olivia Norton, settled in after the first inning, and gave up only two more hits the rest of the way. and retired the Macon County side in four of the last six innings.

Meanwhile, the Tigerettes did not put their first runner on base until the bottom of the fourth inning, when they scored their lone run. Victoria Bennett reached on a fielding error, then stole second, with two outs on the board. Alex Meadows hit a deep fly ball to center field, which was dropped by Macon County centerfielder, Tori Key, which allowed Bennett to score from second.

DeKalb County left a total of eight runners stranded on base, six of those in scoring position. The Tigerettes had bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, as Bennett lined out to the pitcher, Chandra Brooks, to end the game.

Brooks earned the pitching win for Macon County, as she worked the full seven innings, allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out one and hit a batter. Norton also went the distance for DeKalb County, and yielded three earned runs on five hits, struck out six and walked one.
Norton, Morgan Page, Jaylen Garrett, Kara Young and Brooke Hutchings each had one single for the Tigerettes’ five hits.

DeKalb County falls to 11-4 overall and to 5-1 in the district.

The Tigerettes are scheduled to play in the Plateau Invitational in Crossville, this Friday and Saturday. DeKalb will take on White County, Friday at 4:00 p.m., then will match up with Union County at 7:00 p.m. in pool play. The Tigerettes will battle Monroe County, Kentucky, Saturday at 10:00 a.m., before opening play in single-elimination tournament format. The DCHS girls are scheduled to resume district play on Monday, as they entertain Cannon County, at 4:00 p.m. in a make-up game.

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