Tough weeks for the Lady Tigers

Freshman Darcie Salter on the mound in her first varsity pitching stint while first baseman Morgan Aldrich waits for action.

It was a tough week for Lady Tiger softball last week as they dropped three games, including a region match-up against ECI.

Despite outhitting the Lady Dogs four to three, the Lady Tigers fell 8-1 to Wheeler County on Monday, Sept. 14. 

Metter struggled to contain the offense of Wheeler County, giving up eight runs in the game. 

The Lady Tigers got things started in the second inning when Sarissa Ferrell grounded out, scoring Metter’s only run.

Wheeler County scored three runs in the sixth inning. The big inning for Wheeler County came, thanks to walks by Vann, Keleiyah Harris and Amy Dalton.  

Millie Fordham took the pitching loss for Metter. She went four innings, allowing four runs on two hits. 

Offensively, Railyn Porter, Megan Heath, Ferrell  and Alissa Smith each collected hits to lead Metter. Smith also added a stolen base. 

Defensively, the Lady Tigers were sure-handed in the field, not committing a single error. 

“We played a competitive game and stayed in it the whole time; we just never managed to get anything going on offense,” said Head Coach Eric Verbel. “We didn’t hit the ball as well as we needed to and Wheeler County did a good job of adding on runs each inning. 

“Our defense played well today, but our pitching was a little off and again we have to hit the ball better to give ourselves a chance to win.”

In the second game of the double-header, Metter’s scoring improved, but it was not enough as the Lady Tigers fell 4-6 to the Lady Dogs.

Wheeler County scored three runs in the fourth inning. That big inning was driven by singles by Summer Vann and Alli Hartley and an error on a ball put in play by Logan Harrelson. 

Harrelson was the winning pitcher for Wheeler County. She allowed seven hits and four runs over seven innings, striking out six. 

Katie Hadden took the tough luck loss for Metter. She lasted six innings, allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out one. 

Metter  racked up seven hits in all. Millie Fordham, Sarissa Ferrell and Railyn Porter all had multiple hits for the Lady Tigers. Fordham also chipped in three RBIs on the day. 

Wheeler County tallied eight hits in the game. Mallory Edge, Conner and Vann each managed multiple hits for Wheeler County. Marissa Kilpatrick had two walks and two stolen bases for Metter in the game. 

“We had a great outing by our pitcher today and didn’t take advantage of it, which is disappointing,” said Verbel. “Katie pitched great today, coming off an injury, and we left some runners on bases that we couldn’t get in; it came back to bite us. 

“We hit the ball well today but we just didn’t get enough to cross the plate. I’m proud of their effort and our attitudes were great today.”

A big inning for ECI doomed the Lady Tigers as they fell 14-1 in a region match-up.

Metter could not keep up with ECI on the scoreboard, although the Lady Tigers got on the board in the first inning with an early lead. 

Railyn Porter singled on the first pitch of the at-bat to right field, scoring one run. 

ECI evened things up at one in the top of the second inning when Radford singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. The Lady Bulldogs pulled away for good with two runs in the third inning, taking a 3-1 lead. In the third Stephenson singled on a 2-1 count, scoring two runs. 

ECI exploded for 11 runs in the fourth inning. That big inning was driven by a couple of errors by Metter, singles and doubles and a long home run by ECI’s Robertson to right field. 

Clifton pitched ECI to victory. She lasted four innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out four and walking one. 

Katie Hadden took the loss for Metter in the circle. She went three and a third innings, allowing seven hits, four walks and five earned runs. 

Porter, Megan Heath, Millie Fordham and Marissa Kilpatrick each collected hits for Metter. Porter had the Lady Tigers’ only RBI during the game. 

“We played well today for three innings and then the wheels came off for us in the fourth. We dropped a couple of routine balls on the infield and gave them some momentum. It got out of hand and they had a big inning. 

“We all expected a better outcome than what we got today. We will keep working and be ready for the next game. We are at the half way point in the season so everything is still on the table for us. We will keep getting better and try to put ourselves in a good position for a playoff push."  

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