Tigerettes split games at Coffee County Invitational

April 28, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team split four games at the Coffee County Softball Invitational in Manchester, over the weekend.

The Tigerettes beat Chattanooga Christian, 4-3, on Friday, followed by a 1-0 loss to Cumberland County. DeKalb ended pool play, Saturday morning, with a 7-4 win over Cornersville, but the local team was ousted in the opening round of the single-elimination tournament, as Ravenwood spanked the Tigerettes, 13-0.

DeKalb County edged Chattanooga Christian, Friday, on Victoria Bennett's two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the one-hour, fifteen minute time limit expired. Morgan Page singled prior to the Bennett homer, and both came around to score. Chattanooga Christian led most of the game, scoring a run in the top of the first inning and two more in the third. The Tigerettes plated a run in the bottom of the second and another in the bottom of the third.

Shay Sullivan worked the full five innings in the pitcher's circle for the win. She allowed three runs on four hits, struck out one and walked one.

In addition to Bennett and Page's hits, Sullivan had an RBI double, Jaylen Garrett ripped an RBI single, Cynthia Woodward had a double, while Sarah West had one single.

In the second game against Cumberland County, the Tigerettes mustered only five hits - all singles - in the pitching duel. The Lady Jets plated the game's lone run in the top of the third inning.

Josie Culwell allowed the run on three hits, struck out one and walked two through four innings. Olivia Norton pitched the fifth inning and walked one batter.

Kristina Stephens had two singles for DeKalb County, while Garrett, Page and Brittney Armour each had one single.

On Saturday morning, the Tigerettes came from 2-0 down to beat Cornersville. Cornersville plated a pair of runs in the top of the second inning, and the score remained that way until the bottom of the fourth, when DC scored three runs. A four-run fifth inning gave the Tigerettes a 7-2 lead, before Cornersville added two runs in the top of the sixth.

Morgan Page earned the pitching win, as she scattered four runs and four hits through the full six innings, struck out one, walked two and hit a batter.

Stephens smashed a two-run homer, which tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, and added a single. Sarah West had a double and two RBI, Page had a single and two RBI, while Culwell added a single and an RBI.

In the first game of the single-elimination portion of the tournament, Ravenwood took advantage of a big first inning, five Tigerette errors, and a no-hitter against the local team in the 13-0 rout. Ravenwood scored eight runs in the top of the first inning, added another run in the second and four more in the fourth inning.

Shay Sullivan took the pitching loss, as she worked the first inning and two-thirds. She gave up eight runs on three hits and walked two hitters. Olivia Norton came in for an inning and a third, and allowed another run on two hits. Josie Culwell worked the next inning and a third, and allowed four runs on six hits while walking two batters. Morgan Page closed out the game with the last two-thirds of an inning, and allowed no runs or hits.

DeKalb County had no hits against Ravenwood.

The Tigerettes are now 20-8 overall, and are 9-2 in district play. The DC girls are slated to host Watertown, Monday afternoon, at 4:30 p.m., then will close out the district regular season, Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., as Smith County comes in for a make-up game.

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