Offensive struggles plagued Tullahoma this week, as the Lady Wildcats dropped a pair of matchups to Coffee County, first losing a 6-0 game in Manchester on Tuesday, before following with a 6-1 defeat at home on Thursday.
On the road on Tuesday, Tullahoma managed just four hits off of Coffee County starter Keri Munn. In seven innings, Munn just surrendered those hits and struck out 11 batters in the shutout.
Jenna Jones doubled off of Munn with one out in the top of the second inning. However, Tullahoma couldn’t push that run across, and the Lady Raiders escaped the inning unscathed.
Carlie Baker, Jenna Anderton and Jessica Edde all added singles for the Lady Wildcats at some point in the game. None of those runners ever made it past second base.
Coffee County took advantage, plating four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, before tacking on two more scores in the fifth. Ashley Evans collected two hits in her four at-bats, including a triple, driving in three runs on the night.
Justus Turner and Haley Richardson also added two hits in the victory for the Lady Raiders. Turner also drove in a pair of runs for Coffee County.
Madison Barnett got the start for Tullahoma in the circle, taking the loss. In six innings, she allowed six runs, only two of which were earned, surrendering 10 hits and three walks, while striking out three batters.
Two days later in Tullahoma on Thursday, Coffee County once again got the scoring started, this time plating a run in the top of the first inning. This time though, the Lady Wildcats were able to answer back with a run in bottom of the third.
Lila Saunders singled to start the inning for Tullahoma, while Baker followed by drawing a walk in her at-bat. Meghan Prosser then looped a single into left field, loading the bases with no outs.
Tullahoma could only push one run across during that threat. Demi Garner lined a single into right field, plating Saunders and evening the contest at 1.
Coffee County immediately seized control in the top of the fourth inning, plating a pair of runs. The Lady Raiders then landed another big blow, as Kiya Ferrell hit a two-run home run in the fifth, giving her team a 5-1 lead.
Ferrell also reached on a two-out base hit in the seventh inning and scored when Munn lined a base hit into left field, giving Coffee County a 6-1 advantage.
Munn once again made the start in the circle for Coffee County. After allowing Garner’s RBI single, Munn retired the next 13 batters she faced to secure the win. In seven innings, Munn allowed just four hits and a walk, while striking out nine batters.
“Right now, I think we are in a little funk,” said THS Head Coach Gary Barfield. “We’ve been really trying to coach them offensively and get them to do different things, and we aren’t doing a very good job of being coachable and listening on how to make adjustments. Their pitcher, Munn, did a great job.”
Jones made the start in the circle for Tullahoma. In seven innings, she allowed six runs on 10 hits and a pair of walks, while striking out five batters.
Tullahoma was next scheduled to travel to Fayetteville on Friday on Saturday to take part in the Border Battle. The Lady Wildcats were slated to face Hazelwood, before taking on Athens on Friday. On Saturday, Tullahoma was then slated to face Giles County. As of press time, the results of those games were unavailable.
“We need to get these games in because we need to work ourselves out of this little deal that we are in offensively,” Barfield said. “We pitched well and we played good defensively tonight. It’s one of those things where there are highs and lows in a season, and we are in one of the lows, where we can’t catch a break. Every time we hit a ball hard, it’s right at the defense, and every ball hit, whoever we are playing against, is just a little blooper that is right out of our reach. It’s part of the game.
On Monday, the Lady Wildcats will return home to take on Shelbyville in the final regular-season home game of the year. Prior to the game, the team will honor its three senior members during a ceremony that is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.