Tigerettes finish second at Plateau Invitational

April 14, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team played six games, this past Saturday at the Plateau Invitational in Crossville, winning four of those games, which gave the Tigerettes a second place finish in the event.

DeKalb County opened play with a pool play game against Cookeville, which they lost, 3-0. Morgan Page took the pitching loss, as she worked 2 1/3 innings, allowed three runs on six hits, walked one batter and hit two. Shay Sullivan pitched an inning and two-thirds, allowed one hit, struck out one and hit two batters.

The Tigerettes had only one hit against Cookeville pitching, a single by Kayla Fish.

The Tigerettes won their second game of pool play, as they pounded Knoxville Bearden, 8-2. Bearden jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but DeKalb County scored two in the bottom of the second and added six more runs in the third. Josie Culwell was the winning pitcher, as she worked three innings, allowed two runs on four hits, struck out three and walked one.

At the plate, Page had a double and two RBI, while Culwell, Sullivan, Cynthia Woodward and Jaylen Garrett each had a single. Bearden committed five errors, while the Tigerettes had none.

From there, the tournament went into single-elimination format. The Tigerettes' first game was against district foe, Livingston Academy. DeKalb won easily, 11-0, to move on in the event.

Olivia Norton picked up the pitching win, as she worked five innings, gave up two hits and struck out four batters. DeKalb County scored three runs in the third innings, six runs in the second and two more runs in the fourth inning.

At the plate, Page smacked a home run. Kristina Stephens had two singles, a double and an RBI. Garrett had two singles and two RBI. Brittney Armour had a single and two RBI. Sarah West had a single and a double, Cynthia Woodward tallied two single, while Victoria Bennett had a single and an RBI.

The win moved the Tigerettes into the next round, where they defeated Pope John Paul II, 3-0. Sullivan earned the pitching win, as she worked four innings, allowed just one hit, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter. DeKalb County scored one run in each the first, second and third innings.

Stephens hit the team's second out-of-the-park home run of the day, added a double and had two RBI. Kara Young had two doubles and an RBI. Page ripped one double, while Fish and Woodward each had a single.

Next up was the semi-final round, where the DC girls took on Rhea County. The Tigerettes broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the top of the fifth inning, and won the game, 4-1. Sullivan worked six strong innings, and allowed one run on three hits, struck out two and walked three.

Bennett belted the third Tigerette homer of the day, added a single and an RBI, while Woodward, Stephens, West and Fish each had a single.

The Tigerettes advanced on to the championship game, but came up short against Walker Valley, 3-2, in a thrilling finale. Sullivan, again, gave the Tigerettes solid pitching, as she allowed the three runs on six hits through five innings, struck out one batter and walked two. Walker Valley took the lead with a run in each the second and third innings, then tallied one more in the fifth. DeKalb County scored one run in the fourth and another in the fifth, but came up just short of winning the championship game.

At the plate, Armour had a triple and an RBI, Garrett had a single and an RBI, Bennett had a single and a double, while Woodward had a single.

After the tournament, the Tigerettes are now 15-5 overall. The team is scheduled to play at Livingtston Academy, Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

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