Tigers thump Bulldogs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dee Gantt was lights out on the mound for the Lady Tigers.

Dee Gantt was lights out on the mound for the Lady Tigers.

Straughn picked up a 7-0 win at home over Andalusia Tuesday in area softball action Tuesday night.


Dee Gantt was electric on the mound for the Lady Tigers, and started the contest off by retiring the first three Lady Bulldogs in order.


Straughn wasted no time getting things going on offense as Katelyn Kinsaul reached on an error to start the bottom of the first.


A second error by the Lady Bulldogs allowed Kinsaul to come in to score to give the Lady Tigers an early lead.


The Lady Tigers added a second run in the opening inning when Molly Stewart scored on a sacrifice fly from Kristen Peavey.


Andalusia got its first base runner of the contest when Jones reached on a walk, but the Lady Bulldogs were unable to get anything from it.


Colby Adams led off the bottom of the second with a single, and came around to score a few batters later off a single from Stewart to put the Lady Tigers up 3-0.


Jacie Williamson then she ripped a single into left field that plated Caroline Fussell from third.


A walk issued to Peavey loaded the bases for the Lady Tigers.


Paige Taylor hit a hard ground ball to short that caused an error that allowed Stewart and Williamson to come around to score.


The Lady Bulldogs managed a few more base runners in the top of the third, but were still unable to crack the scoreboard.


After giving up early runs, Lady Bulldogs’ pitcher Tessa Walker was starting to settle into a goove.


The two pitchers went back and forth the next few innings shutting each other down before the Lady Tigers managed their final run in the bottom of the fifth.


Stewart drove in Gantt to give the Lady Tigers a 7-0 lead.


Stewart showed off her cannon in the top of the sixth, and showed why no one runs on her. With one out, Stewart caught a fly ball fairly deep in right field, and fired a bullet to third base that cut down the Lady Bulldog runner by five steps.


The Lady Tigers were able to hold off the Lady Bulldogs in the final inning to pull out a 7-0 victory in the first area game of the season.


Olivia Amerson, Haley Harper and Merikal McCaskill were the only three Lady Bulldogs to record a hit on the night.


“We are making too many errors right now,” Lady Bulldogs’ head coach Anthony Mikel said. “I think they only had two or three earned runs Tuesday night, but we didn’t hit the ball well when we had chances so you can’t blame it all on errors. Straughn is a good team, and they hit the ball well. I was proud of the way Tessa Walker pitched tonight. Both teams had really good pitching tonight.”


Taylor led the Lady Tigers by going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.


“Right now, we are playing solid on defense,” Lady Tigers’ head coach Kenny Skipper said. “And we are pitching well. We have been a bit streaky at the plate, but there are two or three that are really hitting the ball well. It was a big boost for us to get up early like we did. It took some of the pressure off, and allowed us to go out and do what we did.”


The Lady Tigers will host Headland Thursday night for the second area contest of the season.


The Lady Bulldogs will also be in action Thursday when the travel to Ashford in area action.