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Tigers edge Lions in district opener

March 18, 2008

Corey Atnip drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning, and the DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team edged Cannon County, 5-4, in the district opener for both teams, Monday in Woodbury.

Each team plated a run in the first inning, but the Tigers grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. The Lions went up 3-2 with two runs in the bottom of the third, but DeKalb answered with two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Trey Finley, which gave the Tigers a 4-3 advantage. Cannon County tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but Atnip's RBI put the Black and Gold back on top in the seventh. Bray Page came in to pitch in the seventh and shut the Lions out on one hit to record the save.

Tigerettes sweep doubleheader at York Institute

March 18, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team swept a district doubleheader at York Institute on Monday. The Tigerettes shut out the Lady Dragons, 11-0, in the first game, then came back for a 9-4 victory in the nightcap.

Shay Sullivan pitched three innings of no hit ball in the first game and struck out six of the ten batters she faced. The game lasted only three innings due to the ten-run rule.

DeKalb County scored four runs in the first inning, five more in the second and put the game away with two runs in the top of the third inning. The Tigerettes pounded out 12 hits, led by Morgan Page, who had an inside-the-park home run, a single and two RBI; Victoria Bennett had a single, a triple and two RBI; Jaylen Garrett had a single, a double and an RBI; Cynthia Woodward ripped two singles; Sarah West had a triple and an RBI; Kristina Stephens had a single and an RBI, while Sullivan and Kara Young each had one single.

Tigerettes 1-1 in Friday Session of Commando Classic

March 15, 2008

The DeKalb County Tigerettes defeated Smyrna 3 to 0 and then lost to Unicoi County 8 to 0 Friday night on the first day of the Commando Classic in Hendersonville. The scheduled games for Saturday have been cancelled due to the weather.

In the game with Smyrna, DeKalb County scored 3 runs on 3 hits and made no errors. Victoria Bennett, Kristina Stephens, and Cynthia Woodward each had a single and an RBI.

Smyrna was held scoreless on one hit and made one error.

Morgan Page, the winning pitcher, went 3 innings and gave up one hit. She struck out three and walked two in the game.

Coach Danny Bond says the game was scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. but was delayed by rain until 9:00 p.m. There was also a one hour time limit on the game.

Meanwhile, in the game with Unicoi County, which started around 11:00 p.m., DeKalb County lost 8 to 0. The Tigerettes had only one hit, by Victoria Bennett, and made no errors.

Unicoi County scored 8 runs on 8 hits and made one error.

Page's grand slam thrusts Tigers to victory at Clay Co.

March 14, 2008

Bray Page capped off a seven-run third inning with a grand slam, as the DeKalb County Tiger baseball team routed Clay County for the second time this week. The Tigers' 14-1 victory in Celina gave the local high school team three victories in as many tries in this opening week of the baseball season.

Page's third inning shot helped open up a 10-0 Tiger advantage midway through the third inning, after the team had plated one run in the first inning and two more in the second. A four-run DC outburst in the top of the fifth closed out the game by virtue of the ten-run rule. Clay County scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth.

John Malone started on the mound for the Tigers, and pitched three innings of no-hit ball. Malone struck out five batters and walked one. Garrett Hoke came in for the final two innings, and surrendered one earned run on two hits, struck out three and walked one.

Tigers 2-0 after victory at Eagleville

March 13, 2008

The DeKalb County Tiger baseball team grabbed an early 2-0 lead, then relied on four innings of no-hit pitching from Bray Page before leaving Eagleville, Wednesday, with a 5-2 victory. The win pushes the Tiger record to 2-0 in the early portion of the baseball schedule.

After the Tigers had built the early advantage, the Eagles plated two runs off Tiger starter, Trey Finley, in the bottom of the third inning. Finley allowed the two earned runs on just one hit, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter through three full innings. Page took over on the mound in the fourth inning, struck out 10 of the 12 Eagleville batters he faced, and did not allow a single base-runner through the final four innings. The Tigers went ahead for good on Zack Rowland's RBI double in the top of the fifth inning. DeKalb led, 4-2, after the fifth, then tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning.

Tigerettes sweep Stone Memorial in doubleheader opener

March 12, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tigerette fast-pitch softball team travelled to Crossville to open their 2008 season, Tuesday afternoon, and swept a doubleheader from Stone Memorial High School. The Tigerettes won the first game, 5-1, then took the nightcap, 4-0.

The Tigerettes stormed out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the first game, as Jaylen Garrett and Kristina Stephens each plated a run. The Lady Panthers would close the gap to 2-1 with a solo homerun in the bottom of the inning, but DeKalb tacked on three more runs as pitcher, Morgan Page shut down the hosts the rest of the way.

Page earned the win in the pitcher's circle, as she worked the full five innings, allowed the one Panther run on three hits and struck out three. Both the Tigerettes and the Lady Panthers committed two errors in the field.

Twin two-run blasts propel Tigers past Clay Co.

March 10, 2008

Zack Rowland and Colt Stewart each hit two-run home runs, and Rowland backed up the power surge with five innings of two-hit ball on the mound, as the DeKalb County High School Tiger baseball team routed the visiting Clay County Bulldogs, 10-0, in the season opener for both teams, Monday evening.

Rowland's shot came in the bottom of the first inning, and gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead, after Cody Atnip plated Destry Wiggins with the opening run on a sacrifice fly to center field. Stewart tallied his blast in the bottom of the third, which gave DeKalb County a 6-0 edge. Rowland, meanwhile, kept the Bulldogs quiet at the plate. The senior struck out nine, walked one, and allowed only three total base runners.

Page and John Malone each drove in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the Tigers ended the game by virtue of the ten-run rule in the bottom of the fifth, closed out by Atnip's second sacrifice fly which plated the winning run.


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