The run at the State Tournament ended for the DeKalb County Tigerette fast-pitch softball team, Thursday, as they lost to the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils, 7-1, in an elimination game. Despite the loss, the Tigerettes ended up fifth out of the eight team field at State, and finished tied for the second most wins in the program's history, with 28.
Unicoi County had 14 hits against Tigerette pitching and put a total of 20 runners on base in the game. Shay Sullivan started the game in the pitcher's circle for DeKalb County, but lasted only two innings. Sullivan gave up three earned runs on seven hits, struck out one, walked three and hit two batters before being relieved by Morgan Page in the top of the third inning. Page pitched the last five innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits, struck out one and walked three.
DeKalb, meanwhile, had only three hits against Lady Blue Devil pitcher, Jessica Mason, and scored their lone run on a solo home run by Victoria Bennett in the bottom of the fifth inning. Mason struck out eight Tigerette hitters and walked none.
Unicoi struck with three runs in the top of the second inning on a two-run single by Candace Meadows and an RBI double by Mason. The Lady Blue Devils left the bases loaded at the end of the first inning, and did so again in the fourth. Unicoi tacked on a run in the fifth inning on sacrifice fly by Meadows, and scored another run on an RBI double by Emily Lovette in the sixth. Leading 5-1 going into the seventh inning, the Lady Blue Devils got two more runs with two outs on the board on RBI hits by Mason and Whitley Hensley. Unicoi left 13 total runners stranded on base, nine in scoring position, but DeKalb only put four runners on the entire game.
The DeKalb County Tigerettes end the season with a record of 28-11. The Tigerettes end the season as District 7-AA Tournament champions, Region 4-AA tournament runners-up, and Sectional round winners, in addition to a fifth place finish at State.
Unicoi County advanced to the Class AA final four with a 44-7 record, where they joined Goodpasture, Gibbs and Covington.