After breaking into the scoring column, Franklin County had a hard time slowing down Tullahoma’s offense on Wednesday, as the Lady Wildcats rolled to an 11-2 District 8-AAA victory in Winchester.
Tullahoma was retired in order in the top of the first inning, but got into the scoring column with three runs in the second, seizing the lead for good. The Lady Wildcats followed that with two more runs in the third inning, adding another score in the fourth and two more runs in the sixth, before plating three more in the seventh.
In her first varsity start, Alena Martin went 3-4 from the plate, including a fourth-inning triple. The sophomore left fielder scored a pair of runs for the Lady Wildcats, and added an RBI.
“She didn’t play last year and we were so happy that she came back out this year and tried out,” said THS Head Coach Gary Barfield. “She’s bought in in the weight room and is one of the hardest-working kids that we’ve got, whether that is with conditioning, lifting, on the field or whatever. I’m just glad for her because she deserves it.”
Jenna Anderton and Kenzie Lenderman each drove in a pair of runs in the season-opening win for Tullahoma. Lenderman lined a single into center field that plated a score, before adding a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Anderton grounded into a fielder’s choice in the sixth inning that allowed a run to score, before hammering an RBI double in the seventh inning.
Meghan Prosser, Madison Barnett, Jenna Jones and Lila Saunders each had an RBI in Wednesday’s win. As a team, the Lady Wildcats collected 13 hits in the victory.
“I think offensively we did a great job adjusting. They were really coachable tonight and really listened,” Barfield said. “We are doing such a better of job of letting balls travel and going the other way with it.
“We had a couple of innings though where we lost focus offensively, and we got into bad pitch selections. We got up in the count and swung at balls and let their pitcher off the hook. Aside from that, I think we played well.”
Barnett got the start for Tullahoma in the circle tossing the complete game. In seven innings, Barnett allowed two runs on eight hits and a pair of walks, while striking out five batters.
“I think she pitched well tonight,” Barfield said. “I think there were a little bit too many emotions and there were times where she didn’t quite have that pop on that ball. But, she spun it well and when she got ahead in the count, she was good. We made some mistakes defensively as well, so we’ve got to do a better job of helping her out.”
Tullahoma (1-0) will step out of district play and travel to Signal Mountain on Saturday for a doubleheader. The Lady Wildcats will take on the host school at 12 p.m., before battling East Ridge at 2 p.m.