Tough week for Lady Tigers

Metter High senior Sarissa Ferrell darts to first base.

The Lady Tigers had a tough week on the diamond this past week as they went 1-2 in softball action.

Metter’s lone win of the week came against Bryan County, 9-8. Metter was shut out by Jenkins County, 0-4, and lost to ECI 1-9.

Vs. Bryan Co.

A walk-off single propelled Metter to a decisive victory over No. 1 Bryan County, 9-8 sending the crowd into a frenzy in front of a huge crowd. 

Metter trailed 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh inning when pinch-hitter Raelyn Crosby came up to bat in a pressure situation and singled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs and ending the game in dramatic fashion. 

Bats blistered as Metter collected 14 hits on the day and Bryan County tallied four in the high-scoring game. 

The Lady Redskins got on the board in the first inning when Bailey singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run. Bryan County scored four runs in the fourth inning. Bryan County offense in that inning was led by Johnson, Mobley and Fabin, all knocking in runs. 

Katie Hadden was the winning pitcher for Metter. Hadden allowed four hits and seven runs over seven innings (zero earned runs), striking out three. Joyner took the loss for Bryan County as she allowed 14 hits and seven runs over five and two-thirds innings, striking out six and walking zero. 

Metter totaled 14 hits on the day. Abbi Hall, Sarissa Ferrell, Laura Kate Kessler and Morgan Aldrich all had multiple hits for the Lady Tigers. Ferrell had three stolen bases on the day to add to her team lead. 

Hall went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Metter in hits and had two RBIs. Crosby had the game-winning hit and two RBIs on the day. 

“This was a special day for our team. These girls will never forget how this game ended. Bryan County is the No. 1-ranked team in our region and in the state in Single A. 

“We came to play today and matched them until the end and Raelyn came up with a big hit to seal the deal for us. This was our second walk-off win in a week and that is something you just never get tired of. It was a great atmosphere today and it was an amazing finish,” said Head Coach Eric Verbel.

Vs. Jenkins Co.

Metter watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 4-0 loss to Jenkins County on Tuesday, Oct. 6. 

The Lady Tigers lost despite out-hitting the Lady War Eagles seven to one. 

Jenkins County got on the board in the first inning when Lake grounded out, scoring one run. 

One bright spot for Metter was a single by Railyn Porter in the second inning. 

Williams earned the win for Jenkins County. Williams lasted seven innings, allowing five hits and zero runs while striking out two. 

Katie Hadden took the loss for Metter. She lasted seven innings, allowing one hit and four runs (zero earned) while striking out five. 

Metter tallied seven hits, with Porter and Sarissa Ferrell having multiple hits for the Lady Tigers. 

“This loss is a tough one to swallow. We had multiple opportunities with runners in scoring position today that we just couldn’t cash in. Our energy was down today and we just didn’t seem to catch our stride today. The balls we hit hard were right at the defense and they made the plays,” said Verbel.

Vs. ECI

The Lady Tigers watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 9-1 loss to Emanuel County Institute on Thursday. 

ECI scored on a triple by Bodiford and a single by Robertson in the first inning. Metter struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing the Lady Bulldogs, giving up nine runs in five innings. 

The Lady Tigers opened up scoring in the first inning. Sarissa Ferrell started the inning with a ground ball to shortstop that she sailed over the first baseman’s head on a wild throw. 

Ferrell would end up moving to second on a stolen base and to third on a wild pitch. Millie Fordham next grounded out to second base, scoring Ferrell and getting Metter on the board. 

ECI would answer in the bottom of the inning with two runs and continue adding on each inning while scoring three runs in the fifth inning. 

Robertson, Grimm and Joseph all contributed in the big inning with RBIs. Clifton got the win for ECI as she allowed two hits and one run over five innings, striking out seven and walking zero. 

Katie Hadden took the loss for Metter. Hadden allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs over four and two-thirds innings, walking one. Ferrell and Alissa Smith each collected hits for Metter. 

“We started off well today but we didn’t do a good enough job defensively and we never put together a big inning offensively after the first. Their pitcher was very good today and we put together some good at bats against her but we never broke through,” said Verbel.

Final regular season game

The Tigers are in their last week of regular season play. Metter traveled to Darien on Tuesday and will host Portal on Thursday.

This will be a JV/varsity double header.

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