Morgan Page pitched a six inning one-hitter, and the DeKalb County Tigerette bats awoke in the fourth inning, as the local fast-pitch softball team shut out upstart York Institute, 10-0, in the District 7-AA Tournament, Tuesday in Baxter. The seventh-seeded Dragonettes had upset sixth-seeded Smith County and third-seeded Livingston Academy in the first two rounds of the tournament on Monday, after winning only one district game in the regular season.
York held their own with the second-seeded Tigerettes for the game's first three innings. DeKalb County went down in order in the first two innings, but scratched out a pair of hits in the bottom of the third, on a single apiece by Shay Sullivan and Kayla Fish, with one out on the board. Both runners were left stranded, however, as York retired the following two hitters.
The Dragonettes one and only hit came in the top of the third inning on a lead-off single, but the York ladies never threatened to cross the plate. DeKalb County broke onto the scoreboard with three runs in the bottom of the fourth innning. Kristina Stephens started the scoring with an RBI double, followed by Page with an RBI single. Sullivan wrapped up the third inning scoring with an RBI single.
DC added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Page swatted a two-run double, which opened up a 6-0 lead. The Tigerettes ended the game by virtue of the ten-run rule in the bottom of the sixth, as York walked in four runs.
Page struck out three hitters and walked none through the six innings. She led the Tigerettes' nine-hit attack with a double, a single and three RBI. Stephens had two doubles and one RBI, while Sullivan had two singles and an RBI. Fish ripped a pair of singles, while Cynthia Woodward added one single.
The Tigerettes will take on top-seeded Macon County, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in the winner's bracket final of the double-elimination tournament. York, meanwhile, was eliminated later in the evening by Smith County, 4-0.