By Mark Darnell
The Macon County High Tigerette softball team won their first region championship in the program history this past week. They then hosted their first sectional game with a chance to go the state tournament.
The Region 4-3A tournament began with Macon traveling to Lincoln County on Monday May 15th to face the District 8 Champions, a team that was the Class3A runner-up in the state tournament last season.
With the game tied 2-2, the Tigerettes managed to plate four runs in the top of the fifth inning to take the lead for good. They advanced with a monumental win by a final score of 6-4.
The Tigerettes collected 11 hits up and down the lineup. Macy Meador, Ellie Coley, Cadence Carter, Gianna Holden, Kenley Roark, Ryleigh Coley, and Journey Beasley all collected those hits. The battery sister duo of Ellie and Ryleigh Coley also collected multiple RBIs. Senior Ellie Coley was throwing in the circle and allowed nine hits and four earned runs in the contest.
With the win the Tigerettes would then travel to Page, who defeated Upperman 3-1, for the Region 4-3A Championship game on Wednesday May 17. Macon never trailed in this contest and responded to every punch the Lady Patriots sent their way.
Ahead 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, and with the tying run on second and the winning run on first, Ellie Coley got the strike-out for the 7-6 victory. It was a great high school game to watch even with the nail-biting ending for the Macon fans.
Ellie Coley allowed eleven hits and three earned runs while striking out eight in the circle. Meador, Ellie Coley, Carter and Holden all had multiple hits. None was bigger than Carter’s two run home run in the top of the fifth recording a season high of five RBIs for the game for the Senior first baseman.
The Tigerettes have won district championships and advanced to sectional games before. However they have never won a region title and the ability to host a sectional game at home until now.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon on May 21st the Tigerettes were to host the District 6 Region 3 runner-up Lady Hurricanes from East Hamilton with a huge crowd in attendance. It was such a great atmosphere for a high school contest, with the weather finally cooperating.
Just about any team advancing to this level will be good. With the game tied 1-1 East Hamilton managed to score five runs in the top of the fourth inning, all with two outs, to take the lead for good. East Hamilton collected at least one hit from every girl in their line-up to win 7-2 and advance to the state tournament. The Tigerettes also stranded nine base-runners in the game.
As she has all season Ellie Coley was in the circle for Macon, allowing 16 hits and seven earned runs. More as a testament to how good of a hitting team the Lady Hurricanes were, she failed to record a single strike-out for the first time this season. Ellie Coley and Beasley scored the two runs while Carter and Holden collected one RBI each.
So the Tigerette season comes to a close with a record of 18-13. They were the 2023 District 7-3A regular season champions and the Region 4-3A tournament champions. Congratulations ladies on a terrific season.