Craig Harris/Macon County Times The Macon County High softball players congratulate sophomore teammate Morgan Carter following her second home run of Friday evening’s 7-2 victory over visiting Watertown in the two teams’ District 8-AA Tournament opener.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

The Macon County High softball players congratulate sophomore teammate Morgan Carter following her second home run of Friday evening’s 7-2 victory over visiting Watertown in the two teams’ District 8-AA Tournament opener.

Morgan Carter was a standout as a freshman.

She's been a knockout as a sophomore.

The Macon County High catcher is knocking balls out of the park at a high rate, including two more on Friday evening in the fourth-seeded Tigerettes' 7-2 victory over visiting Watertown in the two teams' District 8-AA Tournament opener.

"All I want is a line drive," Carter -- who was the district's freshman of the year and an all-state honoree in 2017 -- said. "If they go over, they go over."

Carter increased her home-run total to 11, after hitting just three last year as a freshman.

"I work at it," Carter said. "Where I've gotten stronger, they go out."

Her first home run on Friday was a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning, after freshman teammate Abby Shoulders led off the inning with a single. That blast sailed over the fence in right-centerfield.

"Throw it high, and I will hit it out," Carter said. "It was middle-out (location). I like middle out. It was elevated too, like I said."

Macon County -- which rolled to wins of 11-1 and 14-3 over Watertown during

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the regular season -- didn't score again until the three-run fourth. Both Abby Shoulders and junior Rachel Ritchie singled and scored in the frame, with senior Meagan Frye driving in a run with a groundout.

Then, Carter hit her second home run over the fence in centerfield.

Tigerette senior Keeley Clariday singled to lead off the fifth inning and scored when freshman Madilyn Goodall doubled. Goodall scored when Ritchie singled for a 7-0 lead.

Macon County produced 12 hits, with Carter, Clariday, Goodall, Ritchie and Abby Shoulders all providing two.

Macon County junior pitcher Allyson Shoulders held Watertown scoreless until the seventh inning, when a walk and two singles resulted in a pair of runs.

Shoulders went the distance in the pitcher's circle, scattering six hits. She recorded her 100th strikeout of the season in the seventh inning, finishing with eight strikeouts while issuing two base on balls.

The Tigerettes ended a pair of innings by turning double plays.

"Allyson had a heck of a game pitching, and (second baseman) Olivia Belton did a heck of a job of turning double plays with (shortstop) Abby Shoulders," Carter said. "Our defense was just together, and they limited the errors."

Macon County advanced to face top-seeded Upperman. The Tigerettes are 8-0 against the bottom four teams in 8-AA but won just one of its five games against the top three teams -- Upperman, DeKalb County and Livingston Academy -- in 8-AA.

"We can beat them," Carter said. "We just have to have self-confidence and believe we can.

"We're ready. The tournament is where upsets happen. We're hoping for an upset. We all have confidence in ourselves. That's all we need."

• The Tigerettes fell into the loser's bracket with Monday evening's 13-11 loss to top-seeded Upperman.

Macon County suffered losses of 16-10 and 10-6 when the two teams met during the regular season.

The Tigerettes fell to 20-12.

• The Tigerettes pounded out 19 hits, but seven errors proved costly in their regular-season finale, a 16-10 loss at Upperman on May 2.

The two teams played in Lafayette on May 2, with the Lady Bees claiming a 10-6 victory.

In the rematch, Macon County trailed 10-5 before rallying to tie the contest.

However, Upperman erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth to break the deadlock.

Carter singled in Abby Shoulders in the top of the first, but Riley Hurst hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning.

Goodall singled in Clariday in the second inning, but the Lady Bees responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame.

Clariday doubled in a run in the three-run third, and Ritchie followed with a run-scoring single. That helped the Tigerettes tie the contest at 5.

However, Upperman scored four runs in the bottom of the third and another in the fourth.

Frye doubled in two runs in the five-run fifth, and Carter, Abby Shoulders and sophomore Morgan Spivey also had run-scoring hits.

Carter, Frye, Goodall and Abby Shoulders all had two hits, and both Clariday and Spivey provided two hits. Frye, Ritchie and Abby Shoulders all scored two runs, and Frye also drove in two runs.

The Lady Bees erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth, which was the difference.