The Metter High Lady Tigers were 1-2 in softball action last week. The Tigers were shut out by Long County 13-0 on Monday, Aug. 31, and then lost to Screven County 3-12 on Tuesday, Sept. 1, before defeating McIntosh County Academy 13-1 on Thursday.
Metter fell behind early and couldn’t come back in the 13-0 loss to Long County as the Lady Tigers struggled to contain the high-powered Long County offense. The Blue Tide opened up scoring in the first inning, when Trista Murphy homered on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs. Murphy was also the winning pitcher for Long County as she went five innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits, striking out eight and walking one.
Millie Fordham took the loss for Metter in the circle. She allowed four hits and ten runs (eight earned) over two innings, striking out one. Long County racked up 11 hits in the game. Cassie Davis, Mehana Naki, Jaci Smiley and Murphy all collected multiple hits for Long County.
“We had heard Long Co. had a really good pitcher, and she was on today,” said Metter Head Coach Eric Verbel. “We struggled to catch up early, and she was overpowering with her rise ball. I definitely look to improve as we see them again later in the season.
“As a coach, when setting up your non-region schedule, you want to face some teams you don’t normally face and some good teams as well, hoping it pays off later and today was one of those days. Their pitcher was one of the better pitchers we’ll face this season. This is an opportunity for us to work on some things.”
The Lady Tigers lost the lead late in a 12-3 defeat to Screven County in a 3A region match-up.
The game was tied at three with Screven County batting in the bottom of the fifth when an error broke the tie and gave Screven County the lead for good. The Lady Tigers struggled to come back late in the game as Screven continued to add to their score.
Screven County would go on to score five runs in the sixth inning. Madison Scott, Lyla Johnson, Emma Jones, and Shay Sasser each had RBIs in the inning that blew open the game.
Emma Jones was credited with the victory for Screven County. She allowed eight hits and three runs over six innings, striking out ten. Katie Hadden started the game for Metter. She allowed six hits and four runs (two earned) over four and a third innings, striking out two. Hadden controlled the Gamecocks for 4 innings before they would break through for the victory. The Lady Tigers would end up pitching three more pitchers after Hadden, including Millie Fordham, Jada Coney and Raelyn Crosby.
Metter had eight hits in the game. Hadden and Railyn Porter each collected multiple hits.
“Katie pitched great for us today,” Verbel said. “For five innings we battled back and forth and they had one big inning and took the lead at the end. We put pressure on their defense and left a lot of runners in scoring position today. With a little better defense down the stretch and a couple of timely hits, the outcome would have been different. We will correct some things and be ready for the next one.”
On Thursday, the Lady Tigers had a blow-out region win over McIntosh County Academy. Metter had everything working for them in the 13-1 win.
In the first inning, McIntosh got their offense started. Mcclellan grounded out, scoring one run. Metter knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning when Laura Kate Kessler singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.
Metter pulled away for good in the second inning, blowing the game open with five runs. Katie Hadden singled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run, Millie Fordham singled on the first pitch of her at bat, scoring two more runs and Railyn Porter singled on the first pitch of her at bat, scoring one run.
In the third inning Alissa Smith slapped the ball to the left side and McIntosh’s third baseman sailed the ball over first base as Smith was able to sprint all the way around the bases for an in-the-park home run. The Lady Tigers next scored six runs in the fourth inning. Metter’s big inning was driven by singles by Porter, Morgan Aldrich, Megan Heath and Hadden.
Hadden was credited with the victory for Metter. She pitched a complete game, allowing one run on two hits, striking out four and walking none. Maxwell took the loss for McIntosh County Academy. She lasted three and a third innings, allowing 14 hits and 13 runs while striking out three and walking none.
Metter had 14 hits in the game using the whole field from start to finish including the walk-off hit by Hadden right by the second baseman and into right field. Aldrich, Hadden, Fordham, Porter, Sarissa Ferrell, and Abbi Hall each managed multiple hits for Metter. The Lady Tigers also burned up the base paths, as Smith and Aldrich stole two bases apiece. Hall and Payton Hodges also had stolen bases in the game.
“This was a great rebound game for us today. We needed a big game and we got one from a lot of different players. Our pitching and defense was great; we put good swings on balls, and we were very aggressive on the bases,” said Verbel. “Our girls have worked hard and it was great to see some things play out in their favor today.”