The DeKalb County Tigerette fast-pitch softball team swept a doubleheader with visiting York Institute, Tuesday, in Smithville. The Tigerettes rolled to a 17-0 victory in the first game, then took an 11-0 rout in game two. The wins were the first in district play, this season, for the DCHS girls.
Morgan Page pitched a five-inning, complete game no-hitter in the opener, while Olivia Norton and Kayla Self combined to keep the Lady Dragons hitless in the nightcap. The Tigerettes plated four runs in the second inning of the opener, as Kara Young and Brooke Hutchings each scored on throwing errors to make it a 2-0 score. Victoria Bennett made it a 3-0 game with an RBI single, then came on in to score herself, on a wild pitch. DeKalb County added four more runs in the third inning, then plated nine in the fourth.
Page (struck out five batters and walked two, and backed her own pitching performance with three hits — a single, a double and a triple. Hutchings added four singles, while Martha Webb delivered two singles. Bennett, Cynthia Woodward, Jaylen Garrett and Kristina Stephens each had one single apiece.
The Tigerettes pounded their way out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning of the second game, as Bennett laced a two-run home run, which opened up a 2-0 lead, and Norton capped off the inning with a two-run single. Norton was strong in the pitcher’s circle, as she struck out three in three innings of work, while allowing no base runners to reach. Self came on in relief in the fourth, and worked past three batters with no hits, runs or strikeouts.
Hutchings and Wodward each had a two-hit effort at the plate, with a single and a double apiece, while Norton had two singles. Stephens and Young each added a double, while Page and Mackenzi Gibson each tallied a single.
The Tigerettes are scheduled to participate in the Middle TN Softball Coaches’ Association Tournament in Clarksville, this Friday and Saturday. DeKalb will take on Rossview and Riverdale on Friday, at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively. The team will then battle Obion County in the last game of pool play, Saturday morning, at 10:30 a.m. Single-elimination tournament play will begin at the conclusion of pool play on Saturday.
The Tigerettes will return home to battle Warren County, Monday, at 4:30 p.m.