Lady Tiger softball season in full swing

First baseman Haley Callaway stretches long for the out. At right, Katie Hadden.

 

The Metter High Lady Tigers fell in a 12-4 loss to Tattnall County on Saturday, Aug. 3, as they struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing the Lady Warriors. 

In the first inning, Tattnall County got their offense started when a Lady Warrior grounded out, scoring one run. Tattnall Co. then scored five runs in the second inning to bring the lead to 6-0. 

Morgan Aldrich led the Lady Tigers with three hits in three at-bats, but it wasn’t enough to close the lead the Lady Warriors established early in the game. Sarissa Ferrell and Megan Heath also had hits for the Lady Tigers. Ferrell added in two stolen bases and Heath added two RBIs. Katie Hadden went five innings for the Lady Tigers, surrendering five earned runs on 11 hits, three walks and two k’s.

Doubleheader Game #2

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Lady Tigers continued to struggle to find their footing. Tattnall Co. jumped out to an early lead and the Lady Tigers struggled to put runs on the board. Haley Callaway took the loss for Lady Tigers in the pitching circle. She surrendered two earned runs on six hits over two-thirds of an inning, walking two and striking out none. Hadden came in as relief and allowed one run on one hit, walking zero and striking out zero. 

Jasmine Joyner came into the game for the Lady Tigers and put out the fire, pitching three innings of relief, surrendering one run and two walks while giving up six hits and striking out two. Laura Kate Kessler led the team with one hit in two at-bats and also stole two bases. Alissa Smith also stole two bases on the day.

Metter vs. Swainsboro

The Lady Tigers’ first region game on Thursday against Swainsboro began with Metter capturing the lead early. 

By the fourth inning, the game was tied, then the Lady Tigers recaptured the lead going into the last inning only to give up a two-out soft hit over second base, bringing in the tying run. Two extra innings later, an error in the field by the Lady Tigers allowed two runs to score in the ninth inning leading to Metter falling to a 7-4 defeat and sending them to 0-1 in region play. 

Hadden took the loss for the Lady Tigers in the pitching circle. She went a strong nine innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out one and walking five. The Lady Tigers totaled seven hits in the game. Alissa Smith and Callaway each had multiple hits for Lady Tigers. 

Smith went 3-for-5 at the plate and stole four bases to lead the Lady Tigers in both categories. Metter had multiple opportunities to put Swainsboro away during the game and just couldn’t get it done in a tough defeat. 

“Katie definitely kept us in the game today and it’s too bad we didn’t get the big hit to put them away. It was a well-played competitive game,” commented Head Coach Eric Verbel.

Metter vs. Sav’h Christian

The team won big over Savannah Christian 16-4 on Saturday, Aug. 10. The Lady Tigers got things started in the first inning when Sarissa Ferrell’s sac fly scored one run.

Metter pulled away for good with three runs in the second inning. In the second an error scored two runs for the Lady Tigers and Savannah Christian’s pitcher threw a wild pitch allowing one run to cross the plate for Metter.

The Lady Tigers notched seven runs in a big third inning rally. Railyn Porter, Alissa Smith, Ferrell, Morgan Aldrich  and Alexis Morris all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

Katie Hadden pitched Metter to victory. She went five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, striking out four and walking one.

Aldrich went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Lady Tigers in hits and also had two RBIs. Alissa Smith had a hit, three walks and two stolen bases on the day, creating great scoring opportunities from the lead-off position. Metter didn’t commit a single error in the field. Haley Callaway had eight chances in the field, the most on the team.

Coach Verbel explained, “We played some good softball today. I was impressed with the way we responded after a tough region loss a couple of days ago. We came in and practiced hard on Friday and played well today on a very hot Saturday.”

On deck this week

The Lady Tigers return to action on Thursday when they travel to Bryan County for a 5 p.m. region match-up. Metter will travel to Burke Co. on Monday, Aug. 19, also for a region game at 5 p.m. before hosting region opponent Bacon Co. on Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

 

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