On Monday, March 15, the Tigerettes opened the season with 6 to nothing over the Owlettes of Carthage. Tabitha Key threw the shutout, spreading 5 hits across seven innings of play. Key recorded 10 strikeouts and did not allow a base runner to get past second base. The Macon defense did its part making good on every opportunity to record an out.
Offensively, the Tigerettes were led by Elizabeth Yokley who went 2 for 3 with a single and a double. Annie Beth Coley, Lindsey Shrum and Maghan Brawner all were 2 for 4, each having a pair of singles. Tabith Key, Kayce Wilson and Lindsay O'Hair each had one single a piece. Coley, Wilson, and Brawner drove in 2 runs each.
The Tigerette J.V. played well but dropped the nightcap game with the score being 5 to 4. Lindsay O'Hair and Dani Tirjan hit a double during the contest with Jordan White, Kayla Linville, Chelsea Blankenship, and Amber Warner each recording a single. Lindsay O'Hair collected 2 RBIs while Natalie Tuck added another for the Tigerettes during the loss.
The MCHS team opened district play the following afternoon with a 4-0 win while visiting the Yellowjackets of Springfield. Senior Tabitha Key picked up her 2nd victory and shutout of the year and was one out away from a no-hitter before surrendering a single in the top of the 7th. Key "got it done" with the next Springfield hitter though, securing a good start in district play for the Tigerettes. Again the defensive support was flawless by the Macon defenders.
From the batters box, Tigerette senior catcher Kayce Wilson had a breakout game going 4 for 4 with 2 singles and 2 doubles. Junior 3rd baseman Lindsay O'Hair also turned in a strong 2 for 3 performance with one double and a single. Senior shortstop Annie Coley continued her hitting ways with another 2 for 4 production. Tabitha Key, Elizabeth Yokley and Maghen Brawner each joined in with one single each. Coley, Wilson, and O'Hair all had 1 run batted in during the victory.
This time the Tigerette Junior Varsity also "Took Care of Business" posting an identical 4 to nothing victory. A strong one hit 10K outing from sophomore hurler Maghen Brawner stifled the Yellowjacket offense while the Big Blue batters from MCHS had 6 hits in 4 innings of play. Tigerette freshman Dani Tirjan stung the Yellowjacket defense with a double over the head of the Springfield right fielder.
Kayla Linville, Chelsea Blankenship, Maghan Brawner, Casey Kemp and Natalie Vanderboss each contributed to the effort with singles. Tirjan and Kemp both picked up one RBI for their night's work.
On Thursday March 18, the Lady Tigers began competing in the Commando Classic in Hendersonville, TN. The first game against Lavergne High School quickly became a pitcher's duel and a defensive struggle. MCHS right hander Tabby Key was equal to the challenge, recording 4 strikeouts and holding the opposition hitless through 6 innings of play. The Tigerettes came to bat in the bottom half of the sixth inning with the score still tied at 0 and the time limit running out. Kayce Wilson drew a 1 out walk and advanced to 3rd base on a two-out single to right field by Lindsay O'Hair. With two out and runners at 2nd and 3rd, sophomore right fielder Chelsea Blankenship laced the 1st pitch between the 3rd baseman and shortstop to push Wilson home with the winning run. The time limit had run out, preserving Key's no hitter and upping her record to 3 and 0. Key and Rebecca Carter also hit singles during the contest.
In the second pool play game of the the day, the Tigerettes found Harpeth High School staring back at them from the other dug out. The Macon Countians continued their winning ways, turning the Harpeth team away with a 3-1 score. Maghen Brawner picked up her 1st varsity win of the season, striking out 5 Harpeth batters in 6 innings. The victory extended the Tigerettes record to 4-0.
Leading Macon County on offense were Kayla Linville, who went 2 for 2 with 2 singles and Lindsay O'Hair who was 2 for 3 with a double and a single. Annie Coley, Maghen Brawner, and Rebecca Carter all had 1 single each during the game. Coley, O'Hair and Linville each had one run batted in.
On Friday, pool play continued against the Lady War Eagles from Sycamore. The Tigerettes finally tasted defeat, suffering a narrow 3-2 loss at the claws of the War Eagles. Maghen Brawner saw her record drop to 1-1 with the loss. Brawner struck out 7 batters and allowed 6 hits during her outing.
Lindsay O'Hair lined a double into the outfield to push the 2 Macon County runs across the plate. Kayce Wilson and Kayla Linville contributed a single to the offensive effort.
Friday's 2nd game found the Tigerettes squaring off against the Tullahome Ladycats. The Tullahome team handed the Tigerettes their 2nd straight loss by a score of 2-0. Tabby Key pitched well during the loss. Allowing 4 hits and striking out 4 batters in 6 innings of play.
Senior outfielder Elizabeth Yokley's 5th inning single kept the MCHS team from being blanked by a no-hitter.
On Saturday morning the Tigerettes closed out pool play with a win against Siegel High School.
Tabby Key extended her pitching record to 4 and 1 with the victory. Key struck out 6 and allowed only 3 hits while throwing her third shutout of the season.
The Macon County batters remained quiet through 4 innings but exploded with 4 runs in the 5th and another in the sixth inning to secure the win.
Tigerette pitcher Key helped her own cause by going 3 for 3 at the plate. Lindsay O'Hair added her 4th double this season while Chelsea Blankenship, Kayla Linville, and Jordan White each hit a single. Tabby Key had 3 RBIs and Annie Coley and Jordan White each had 1 RBI.
Junior outfielder Kayla Linville suffered an ankle injury while sliding into 2nd base. Linville was forced to leave the game and was later diagnosed with a severely sprained ankle. At this time it is not known how many games Kayla, who is hitting a .286 clip, will miss. Hopefully, her return will be soon.
Single elimination play began Saturday afternoon with the Tigerettes in a showdown with Germantown High School. The Lady Tigers dropped this one, however, by a score of 8-1. The Macon County defense committed 6 errors in the 2nd and 3rd innings as the Germantown batters racked up all 8 scores. Maghen Brawner started the game at the pitcher's position and was relieved by Tabby Key after 2 1/3 innings. Brawner struck out 1 batter and gave up 5 hits and was credited with the loss. Key struck out 2 while holding the Germantown team to one double for the rest of the way out.
Senior 2nd baseman Liz Yokley led all Tigerette hitters with as single and a double in 2 plate appearances. Lindsay O'Hair smacked a triple into left field and freshman outfielder Jordan White provided the lone RBI with a 2nd inning single.
The Tigerettes pool play and tournament record was even at 3-3. Overall, the tally stands at 5 wins against 3 losses.
The week of this publication should find the Tigerettes in the middle of a 4 game stretch of district action which includes a home doubleheader against Greenbrier at 4 p.m. on Thursday March 25.
On Friday, March 26, the team travels to Portland for another district matchup. This game also has a 4 p.m. start. Make plans now to come out and support your Tigerettes.