This week ended the 2019 season for the MCHS Softball team. The team ended the season in the semi-finals of the 8AA District Tournament.
The tournament opened with a home game against the #8 seeded York lady Dragons on Monday April 6th. As reported last week, the Tigerettes won that game 17-3 in five innings.
Next up would be the #4 seeded Upperman Lady Bees at Watertown High School. With the game tied 4-4 after five innings, Upperman scored two runs in the top of the sixth to lead 6-4. Tigerette Trista Jenkins hit a single to score runs six and seven to take a lead into the final inning. After Upperman tied the game at 7-7, with one out and Makenzie Stafford on base with a single, Raini Gerometta, the number nine hitter, hit a walk-off two run home run to end the game 9-7.
Allyson Shoulders threw all seven innings and allowed three earned runs on 13 hits with four strike-outs. Allyson and Jenkins both went 2 for 4 in the game while Gerometta claimed three big RBIs.
With the win the Tigerettes would face Livingston Academy on May 8th in the final game in the winner’s bracket of the tournament. This was a back and forth slug fest with four different lead changes that went to extra innings and runs scored in 10 of the 16 frames of the game. There were several key moments in the game but the biggest was a grand slam by Livingston’s Jazlyn Flowers in the top of the fifth that took the wind out of the Tigerettes. Livingston won the 160 minute game in eight innings by a score of 11-9.
Allyson Shoulders was the pitcher of record and threw six innings giving up five hits and four earned runs. Gerometta also threw two innings and allowed five hits and three earned runs. Abby Shoulders was 3 for 5 and scored three runs and Madilyn Goodall was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
With the loss the Tigerettes moved on to play DeKalb County, who just defeated Upperman in the loser’s bracket. In a late night game the Tigerettes simply had no luck and absolutely nothing left. For only the second time this season the Tigerettes were closed out in five innings 0-14. They also managed just one hit, by Jenkins, and five base runners the entire game.
With the season over we thank the Tigerettes for a great season.
Correction: Last week we mentioned that the 2019 Tigerettes won the regular season for the first time. That is not the case. In 1998 the Tigerettes won both the regular season and the district tournament while the 2009 team also was the regular season champions but did not advance past the district tournament.