Season ends for Lady Tigers

The 2020 Metter High Lady Tigers include (seated, l-r) Abbi Hall; Darcie Salter; Laura Kate Kessler; Jadah Coney; Jamie Faith Ferry; Marissa Kilpatrick. Kneeling: Railyn Porter; Alissa Smith; Millie Fordham; Sarissa Ferrell; Jasmine Joyner; (standing) Coach Eric Verbel; Katie Hadden; Payton Hodges; Raelyn Crosby; Morgan Aldrich; Megan Heath; Synphony Byrd; Coach Riley Kingery.

After a commanding 17-1 victory over McIntosh County Academy on Oct. 13, the Lady Tigers saw their season come to an end in an 8-5 loss to Portal on Thursday.

The blowout victory over MCA came as a result of a big nine-run first inning for Metter.

Millie Fordham, Megan Heath, Katie Hadden, Alissa Smith, Sarissa Ferrell and Laura Kate Kessler all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. 

The Lady Tigers got on the board in the first inning when Fordham grounded out, scoring a run. 

Hadden pitched Metter to victory again, firing four innings of one hit softball, striking out five. Dean took the loss for McIntosh County Academy. Dean went four innings, allowing 17 runs on 12 hits and striking out four.  

Metter saw the ball well against MCA, racking up 13 hits in the game. 

Ferrell, Kessler and Railyn Porter all managed multiple hits as each girl had two hits to lead Metter.  

The Lady Tigers also stole 12 bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Ferrell led the way with three. 

“We played well today and took care of business early in the game,” said Head Coach Eric Verbel. “Katie worked the strike zone and our defense played well. We made some good adjustments at the plate and hit the ball hard which led to extra bases.”

It was a late game score that cost Metter in the match-up against Portal and saw the season come to a close. 

The game was tied at five with Portal batting in the top of the seventh when Sanchez doubled on the first pitch of the at bat with the bases loaded, clearing the bases and scoring three runs to put Portal up for good. 

Metter lost despite out-hitting Portal 10 to nine. 

Portal took an early lead in the second inning. Woods hit into a fielder's choice, scoring one run. Metter rebounded to take the lead, however, before the Lady Panthers knotted the game up at five in the top of the sixth inning, when Sanchez singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run. 

Lamb led Portal to victory in the circle as she allowed ten hits and five runs over seven innings, striking out eight. 

Katie Hadden took the loss for Metter. She went seven innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits and striking out two. 

Metter totaled 10 hits in the game. Railyn Porter and Sarissa Ferrell led the Lady Tigers with three hits each. 

The Lady Tigers stole eight bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Millie Fordham and Sarissa Ferrell led the way with two apiece. 

“This was an exciting game today and we played hard to the end. We are proud of our girls. They worked hard all year and fought through a tough region with some of the best pitchers in any classifications in this area. 

“Every team knew when they came to Metter they had to play well to win and it wouldn’t be easy and that means a lot to Coach (Riley) Kingery and me and our girls. 

“These young ladies have a lot to be proud of and they have represented our city the right way all season. Metter Softball will continue to grow and get better,” Verbel said.

The Portal game was the last varsity game for six senior players: Sarissa Ferrell; Katie Hadden; Jasmine Joyner; Alissa Smith; Morgan Aldrich and Railyn Porter. 

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