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West HR propels Tigerettes to State Tournament

May 16, 2008

The DeKalb County Tigerette fast-pitch softball team is on the way to the State Tournament.

Sarah West blasted a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie with Sub-State host, Hixson, and the Tigerettes held on for a 4-2 victory, Friday night in Chattanooga. The win puts the Tigerettes in the State Tournament for the fifth time in the program's history, and for the first time since the 2001 season.

DeKalb County was held without a base runner for the first four innings, as the Lady Wildcats built a 2-0 lead with a run in the third inning and another in the fourth. Hixson pitcher, Dawon Millwood walked DC's Kristina Stephens to lead off the top of the fifth inning, and West followed with a one-out single. Shay Sullivan ripped a double to the outfield, which scored both Stephens and West, and tied the game, 2-2.

Tigerettes routed by Goodpasture in Region final

May 13, 2008

The Goodpasture Lady Cougars, the top-ranked team in the state in Class AA, and a winner of five consecutive State championships, came to Smithville and dealt the DeKalb County Tigerettes a 9-0 setback, Tuesday, in the championship game of the Region 4-AA Tournament. Despite the loss, the Tigerettes' season will continue with a sub-state game scheduled for Friday at either Chattanooga Christian or Hixson.

The Tigerettes held the high-powered Lady Cougars scoreless through the first four innings, but Goodpasture finally broke onto the scoreboard with a three-run fifth inning. A run scored on a DeKalb County throwing error to first, while a second run scored on a passed ball. Lady Cougar pitcher, Devon Schmidt, plated the third run on an RBI single.

Tigerettes turn tables on Bobcats in rematch

May 13, 2008

In a rematch of the Region 4-AA semi-finals from a year ago, the DeKalb County Tigerette fast-pitch softball team returned the favor to the District 7-AA runner-up. The Greenbrier Lady Bobcats pitched an 8-0 shutout of the Tigerettes a year ago, but DC got the best of the re-match, winning 5-2, Monday in Smithville, to advance to the Region 4-AA Tournament final for the first time since the 2001 season.

The game was scoreless through three innings, but Greenbrier struck first with a run in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Jordan Rehl. The Tigerettes fired back with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth. Kristina Stephens and Morgan Page led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Sarah West followed with an RBI double. Shay Sullivan scored Page on a fielder's choice, and Brittney Armour drove two more runs in with a triple.

Tigers bow out in Region Tournament semis

May 13, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team was shut out at Goodpasture, 9-0, Monday afternoon in the semi-finals of the Region 4-AA Tournament. The loss ends the season for the Tigers, who finish with a 24-8 record.

The Cougars, the defending Class AA State Champions, scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning, and added another run in the bottom of the second. Goodpasture closed out the rout with two runs in each the fourth and fifth innings.

Trey Finley started the game and worked through the first four innings. Finley allowed seven runs, two earned, on six hits, struck out seven, walked three and hit a batter. A throwing error committed by the senior pitcher led to four unearned runs. The Tigers committed two errors in the game, after committing just one error in the past six games combined.

Bray Page took over on the mound in the fifth and closed out the game. Page allowed two earned runs on two hits, struck out four and walked one.

Eight Tigerettes make All-District; Two former players earn HOF status

May 10, 2008

Junior outfielder, Victoria Bennett, along with sophomore infielders, Jaylen Garrett and Kristina Stephens were named to the District 7-AA All-Tournament First Team, Friday in Baxter. DeKalb County had three of the nine district players represented on the First Team.

Meanwhile, sophomore shortstop, Cynthia Woodward, was named to the All-District Second Team, while Shay Sullivan, Brittney Armour, Morgan Page and Kayla Fish were Honorable Mention.

In other awards, Cannon County shortstop, Kenzie Patterson, was named District MVP, while Macon County coach, Kyla Creasy, was named Coach of the Year. Cannon County's Emily Sissom was named Freshman of the Year.

Three more honorees were also added to the District Softball Hall of Fame, including two from DeKalb County. Amy Barnes Randolph and Kim McCoy were selected from the Tigerette program, while Upperman coach, Judy Delk joined the ring of honor.

Tigerettes blank Lady Owls, 11-0, for District Championship

May 10, 2008

The DeKalb County High School fast-pitch softball team shut out the Smith County Lady Owls, 11-0, to win the District 7-AA Tournament Championship, Friday night, in Baxter. It marked the tenth time the Tigerettes had won the District Tournament in the program's 22-year history.

The sixth-seeded Lady Owls completed an improbable run to the District Tournament Championship game with a 4-3 victory, earlier in the day on Friday, against top-seeded Macon County, who had their season ended after winning the regular season with an 11-1 record.

But it was the Tigerettes who took command in their championship meeting, as the DC girls blew the game open with an eight-run third inning, and clinched victory with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, ending the game by virtue of the ten-run rule.

DCHS Tennis team members advance

May 20, 2008

DCHS Tiger tennis senior, Ryan Young, lost to Cannon County's Aaron Hollis, 6-3, 6-0, in the finals of the individual District Tennis Tournament at Tennessee Tech on Tuesday, but Young earned a berth into the individuals' Region Tournament, as did the Lady Tiger doubles team of Katie Herman and Jessica Harney, who won the District doubles title with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over Cannon County's Rachael Young and Cheri Fann.

The Regionals for individuals and doubles teams are scheduled for Monday, May 12th, at Hadley Park.

In the first round of the individuals' District Tournament at Tech on Monday, Candace Couch of Cannon County eliminated DeKalb County's Megan Merriman, 6-2, 6-4. Laken Ward of Clay County topped DeKalb's Megan Osborne, 6-3, 6-4. The doubles team of Jessica Walden and Whitney Gann from DCHS beat the team of Ciphers/Goad, 6-3, 6-1. Jessica Harney and Katie Herman of DeKalb beat the team of Poindexter/Hester from Clay County, 6-0, 6-2.

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