The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team will play for the District 7-AA Tournament title on Thursday (weather permitting), after knocking off tournament top-seed, Macon County, 5-2, in eight innings, Wednesday night in Baxter.
Morgan Page put the Tigerettes on the board with a solo home run in the top of the second inning. Macon County answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, as DC starter, Shay Sullivan, walked a batter with the bases loaded to bring in a run. The score, however, remained tied, 1-1, until the top of the eighth inning.
DeKalb County broke the game open with four runs in the top of the eight, to claim a 5-1 lead. The Tigerettes had five hits in the inning, with Page leading it off with a single. Sarah West plated her with an RBI double, and Kayla Fish drove in West with an RBI triple. Victoria Bennett kept the rally going with a one-out RBI single to score Fish, and Cynthia Woodward followed with an RBI double. The inning finally ended when Jayle Garrett flew to the outfield for the third out.
Macon crossed the plate once in the bottom of the inning, and loaded with two outs. A long fly ball hit to center field was tracked down by DC's Bennett, which ended the threat and the game, and moved the Tigerettes on into the championship game.
The Tigerettes imprvoe to 24-8 on the season, and will play either Macon County or Smith County for the District Tournament championship. The Lady Owls came back from a 9-2 deficit to knock Livingston Academy out of the tournament, 15-13. Macon and Smith are scheduled to square off Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at Upperman High School in a modified schedule, due to the weather. The championship game is slated to start immediately after the loser's bracket final, at approximately 5:30 p.m.
WJLE plans live coverage.