Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High freshman pitcher Allie Warner throws to first base for a third-inning putout.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High freshman pitcher Allie Warner throws to first base for a third-inning putout.

CARTHAGE - The bag of Wild Berry Skittles was quickly emptying.

Fortunately for the Macon County High softball team, a three-inning game prevented a potential problem.

The Tigerettes unleashed offensively, scoring six runs in the first inning and rolling to a 16-0 victory at Smith County on April 2.

"It's a good confidence booster," Macon County sophomore third baseman Madilyn Goodall said of the strong start. "We have that confidence to know we can do it and can bring it throughout the whole game."

The game ended due to the 15-run, mercy rule after three innings of play.

However, assistant coach Lance Spivey passed out lots of Skittles over the abbreviated contest.

"A lot of teams have done it before," Goodall said. "It gives the coaches a way to say good job. It's not much, but that little bit (of incentive) is there … to say, 'We appreciate you. You're working hard and getting a Skittle."

Spivey coaches first base, and every time that a Tigerette reaches base, she gets a Skittle.

"You just get one so we don't run out," Goodall said. "It gives you motivation. It's a reward for getting on base."

Goodall had to wait until the second inning to receive one … and she's always hoping for any flavor other than lemon.

"He usually has the tropical ones instead of the regular," Goodall said. "I like the purple and blue."

Macon County sophomore Abby Shoulders led off the game with a triple and scored when freshman Myle Crowder reached on a bunt single.

Junior Morgan Carter followed with a double to drive in Crowder.

Classmate Raini Gerometta singled in two runs later in the frame, and senior teammate Rachel Ritchie doubled to left-centerfield, driving in the final two runs of the inning.

"We are playing well," Tigerette head coach John Conditt said. "We are a lot better team than we were at this time last year.

"We've really hit the ball well. We have a bunch of girls who can hit it out at any time. We have a bunch of weapons."

Carter led off the second inning with a single up the middle, and senior teammate Allyson Shoulders followed with a run-scoring triple down the rightfield line. Junior Olivia Belton provided a run-scoring single and scored on Goodall's double off of the fence in centerfield.

Ritchie's triple drove in Goodall and freshman Trista Jenkins, and Carter capped the second-inning scoring with a three-run home run over the fence in centerfield.

It was Carter's eighth home run of the season.

Gerometta reached on a third-inning error and scored thanks to another error. Goodall singled and scored the game's final run on Abby Shoulders' single.

Macon County compiled 16 hits.

Allyson Shoulders pitched the first two innings, allowing two hits while striking out two hitters.

Freshman teammate Allie Warner tossed a perfect third inning.

The Lady Owls are in search of their first district win.

"We all just have the understanding that no matter who it is, we have to respect them," Goodall said. "We can't underestimate anybody."

The Tigerettes had seen better competition over the first three weeks of the season, having played in tournaments each weekend.

"That's why we play so much," Conditt said. "What we've tried to do is play the tournaments. We want to play the real good teams, teams who are going to push us. If we don't, we're not going to get any better."

Macon County improved to 15-6 overall and to 4-0 in District 8-AA.

· The Tigerettes fell to 15-7 overall with Thursday evening's 10-7 loss at Shelbyville.

The Eaglettes scored the first eight runs before Macon County erupted for six runs in the sixth.

Abby Shoulders started the scoring with a two-run double that drove in Jenkins and Ritchie.

Junior Morgan Spivey singled to drive in Shoulders.

Carter and Allyson Shoulders followed with singles to drive in Spivey, and Belton's double drove in Carter and Allyson Shoulders.

After Shelbyville added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, Abby Shoulders singled and scored thanks to a wild pitch in the seventh.

Abby Shoulders had three of her squad's 13 hits, scored two runs and drove in two. Belton, Shoulders and Spivey all had two hits.

The Eaglettes compiled 14 hits.