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.
Victoria Bennett launched the eight-run attack in the third with a two-run double to score and Sarah West blew the inning open with a two-run home run, which opened the lead up to 7-0, Jaylen Garrett and Kayla Fish each drove in runs in the inning, while Smith County - who had six errors in the game - committed four of those in the third.
DeKalb County finished off the rout with three runs in the fifth inning, as Garrett ripped a three-run double to end the contest.
Morgan Page went the full five innings in the pitching circle, and allowed no runs on four hits, struck out one and walked four batters.
The Tigerettes improve their season record to 25-8, and will host Greenbrier on Monday, in the opening round of the Region 4-AA Tournament. The game will start at 5:30 p.m.
WJLE plans live coverage.