Victoria Bennett hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning, which was all the DeKalb County High School Tigerettes needed in a 1-0 win over Cannon County in a district doubleheader between the two teams, Monday in Smithville. Shay Sullivan pitched five innings of no-hit ball, in the process, and struck out nine Lionette batters.
In the nightcap, the Tigerettes got two more home runs - one apiece from Kristina Stephens and Brittney Armour - and Morgan Page gave the local team five innings of shutout pitching, as DC completed the sweep, 9-0.
DeKalb County managed only three hits in the first game, two at the beginning of the first inning on Bennett's homer and a follow up stand-up double by Cynthia Woodward. Cannon County pitcher, Emily Sissom, settled down from that point on, and allowed only three more Tigerettes to reach base, and only one by way of a base hit. Still, the Bennett home run held up, as Sullivan allowed only one base runner to reach for the Lionettes.
Woodward was 2-for-3, with a single and a double to lead DC's three-hit attack.
In game two, three Lionette errors and Stephens' solo home run helped the Tigerettes build a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Armour smacked her round-tripper in the second, and that, coupled with an RBI double by Stephens, pushed the lead to 8-0. Bennett capped off the DeKalb scoring with an RBI double in the third inning.
Page scattered four hits through five innings, struck out three and walked one. Cannon County loaded the bases against the sophomore with two outs in the top of the fourth, but a groundout to third base ended the threat.
At the plate, in addition to the homers by Armour and Stephens, Woodward had a pair of singles, Stephens, Bennett and Sullivan each had a double, while Jaylen Garrett and Kayla Fish each tallied a single.
The Tigerettes improve to 10-3 overall and to 5-1 in the district with the wins, while Cannon County drops to 10-3 and to 4-3 in district play. DeKalb County is scheduled to play at Smith County, Tuesday afternoon, at 4:30 p.m.