Tigerettes storm to DH sweep of Upperman

April 22, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerettes rallied from a 2-0 deficit in game one of their Tuesday doubleheader with Upperman, and never looked back. The Lady Bees took the lead in the top of the first inning of the opening game. DeKalb answered with one run in each the first and second innings to tie the game, then blew it open with a seven-run third inning. The end result was a 13-4 rout for the Tigerettes in the opener, followed by an 11-0 shutout in the nightcap.

Morgan Page delivered five innings in the pitching circle in the first game, and gave up the four Upperman runs on four hits, struck out seven, walked five and hit a batter. All four runs came on two base hits - one in the first, the other in the fourth. DeKalb also committed two fielding errors.

The Tigerettes' big inning was the fourth, when 12 batters stepped to the plate. Shay Sullivan, Jaylen Garrett and Kristina Stephens each came up with big RBI singles and Page plated a run on a long fly out to center field. Upperman also committed two fielding errors in the game's deciding inning.

DeKalb County had 12 hits in the game, including a fourth inning two-run home run by Page. Garrett finished with a single, a double and two RBI, while Kayla Fish had a 3-for-3 outing at the plate, with two singles and a double. Victoria Bennett had two singles, Stephens had a single and two RBI, Sullivan had an RBI single, while Kara Young and Cynthia Woodward each tallied a single.

In the second game, freshmen pitchers Olivia Norton and Josie Culwell combined for four innings of one-hit ball. Norton started and worked the first four innings, allowing the one base hit - a single. Norton struck out six and walked none. Culwell pitched the game's final inning and struck out two batters.

Another seven-run inning propelled the Tigerettes to victory, as the team plated seven runs in the fourth. By that point, DeKalb had built a 4-0 lead, with a run in both the first and second innings and two more in the third.

The Tigerettes pounded out 11 more hits in the nightcap, including a solo home run by Sarah West, who finished with two total RBI. Stephens had a single, two doubles and four RBI, while Woodward had two singles, a double and two RBI. Garrett had a single and two RBI, Page ripped a double, while Martha Webb added a single.

The Tigerettes improve to 18-6 overall, and to 9-2 in district play. The team will play in the Coffee County Softball Classic, this Friday and Saturday in Manchester. DeKalb County will open with Chattanooga Christian, Friday at 5:30 p.m., then will take on Cumberland County, Friday at 8:30 p.m. The DC girls will play Cornersville, Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., with single-elimination tournament play to follow.

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