Tigerettes Finish Second in Duff Tournament

The Tigerettes went 4-2 over two days, including a 1-0 loss to Lincoln County Saturday, in the Duff Tournament Championship at Cookeville, and finished in second place.

DeKalb County split their first day of pool games on Friday, as they routed Clay County, 13-0, before suffering a 1-0 loss to Lipscomb. The Tigerettes plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning against Clay County, got four more in the third, two in the fourth, then iced the win with a five-run fifth inning.

Morgan Page had a single, a double, a two-run home run and three total RBI's.

Olivia Norton earned the pitching win against Clay County, as she held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless on four hits ,with four strikeouts.

In the game against David Lipscomb, Morgan Page was injured on the play that eventually produced the only run in a 1-0 Tigerette loss. In the bottom of the second inning with a runner at second, Page fielded a liner then spun to look back the runner when the injury occurred. She was replaced in the pitcher's circle by Norton, who pitched the last four full innings.

Saturday opened for DeKalb County with wins over Murfreesboro Oakland and Lebanon, a pair of Class AAA teams out of District 7. The Tigerettes won both games by matching scores of 3-1.
Kayla Self stepped in to replace Page's spot in the rotation and allowed only two hits in six full innings, struck out two and walked one.

The win over Oakland gave the Tigerettes a 2-1 record in pool play, and the victory over Lebanon came in the opening round of single-elimination tournament play. Kristian Puckett had a three-run, fifth inning home run, a major factor in the victory.

In the pitching circle, Norton allowed one run on three hits to the Lady Blue Devils, with one strikeout and a walk.

A re-match with Lipscomb came in the semi-final round, and the Tigerettes pounced for a little payback in a 9-0 rout. DeKalb County roughed up the Lady Mustangs for eight hits, and Self allowed only two hits in five innings of work from the circle.

Alex Meadows and Kristina Stephens each knocked in first inning runs to launch the rout, while Puckett, Brooke Hutchings and Jaylen Garrett each produced RBI base hits in a six-run fifth inning. Stephens and Kara Young were also responsible for driving in a run apiece in the fifth.

The Tigerettes earned a second place finish at The Duff, after finishing third in the MTSCA Tournament, earlier this season.

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