Raini Gerometta

Raini Gerometta

WATERTOWN -- Junior Raini Gerometta hit a two-run, walkoff home run on Monday evening as the top-seeded Macon County High School softball team captured a 9-7 victory over fourth-seeded Upperman in a District 8-AA Tournament contest played at Watertown High School.

"That home run wouldn't have meant anything if everyone wouldn't have done their job," Gerometta said. "This game was one of the best atmospheres we've ever been in.

"That's a dream every softball player has. To win the game for your team is what everybody wants to do. When it finally happens, it's like a dream come true. When I got to home plate, we were all screaming. It was great."

The two teams played in Baxter on March 28, with the Tigerettes claiming a 3-1 victory.

On Monday, Macon County never led until scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

The Lady Bees tied the contest by producing a run in the top of the seventh, but after freshman Makenzie Stafford singled in the bottom of the seventh, Gerometta hit a blast over

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the fence in left-centerfield.

It was Gerometta's third home run of the season.

Cassidy Tucker came on in relief of Upperman starting pitcher Reagan Hurst to begin the inning. Gerometta hit a home run off of Tucker in the District 8-AA Tournament last season as well, in Macon County's 10-3 loss to end the season.

"Last year, during the district tournament, she's the one I hit off of," Gerometta said. "When I was on deck, I was like, 'Ok, I've got this.' I was praying. I stepped in the box and took a deep breath. The pitch came, and I was like, 'Yep, this is the one.'

"I rounded first base and started tearing up."

The Lady Bees took control early on, scoring three runs in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the inning, sophomore Abby Shoulders singled with two outs and scored when senior Allyson Shoulders singled.

In the fourth inning, junior Olivia Belton and Stafford produced back-to-back singles, and Belton scored thanks to an error. Stafford scored when Gerometta laid down a bunt, tying the contest at 3.

Each team scored a run in the fifth, with Allyson Shoulders homering for the third consecutive contest. It was her fifth home run of the season.

Upperman retook the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth, but the Tigerettes responded by producing three runs in the bottom of the frame.

Sophomore Madilyn Goodall drew a bases-loaded walk to force in Stafford, and freshman Trista Jenkins singled to drive in junior Morgan Carter and Allyson Shoulders for a 7-6 lead.

"In the dugout, we were making sure everyone was cheering each other on," Gerometta said. "You just have to all be in there for each other."

Macon County was outhit by the Lady Bees by a 13-12 margin. Gerometta, Jenkins, Stafford and Allyson Shoulders all had two hits, and Stafford scored three runs.

Allyson Shoulders picked up the complete-game victory in the pitcher's circle, allowing five earned runs. The right-hander issued one base on balls and struck out four hitters.

The Tigerettes improved to 26-9.

• Macon County erupted for 10 runs in the fourth inning in a 17-3, five-inning victory over visiting York Institute -- the No. 8 seed -- last Friday evening in the two teams' District 8-AA Tournament opener.

The Tigerettes captured a 16-6 win at York Institute on April 22.

In the rematch, Abby Shoulders started the bottom of the first inning with a triple and scored on Carter's groundout.

Then, Allyson Shoulders followed with her fourth home run of the season.

Then, classmate Rachel Ritchie doubled and scored later in the inning.

Ritchie provided a two-run single in the four-run second, and Carter singled in a run.

The Lady Dragons responded with three runs in the top of the third before the Tigerettes concluded the scoring in the fourth inning.

Goodall doubled in Belton and Jenkins in the fourth, and Abby Shoulders drove in freshman Myle Crowder with a double.

Carter doubled in Abby Shoulders, and Belton singled later in the inning to drive in Jenkins. Goodall doubled for the second time in the frame to drive in Belton.

Belton, Carter, Goodall, Ritchie and Abby Shoulders all had two hits, and both Abby Shoulders and Allyson Shoulders scored three runs each. Both Carter and Goodall drove in three runs.

Gerometta picked up the complete-game victory, allowing three earned runs on three hits. Gerometta struck out four hitters and did not issue a base on balls.