The Tullahoma Middle School softball team got its season off to a perfect start, in more sense than one, sweeping South in a pair of games, first winning on the road 12-0 on Feb. 26, before securing an 8-5 victory on Feb. 27.
While the offense run-ruled South in three innings during the season opener in Winchester on Feb. 26, Zaylan Spinner was tossed a perfect game for the Lady Wildcats. In her three innings pitched, Spinner sat down all nine batters she faced, tossing just a total of 26 pitches, including striking out three hitters.
Despite lighting up the scoreboard, Tullahoma only had three hits in the 12-0 run-rule victory. The Lady Wildcats took advantage of walks, drawing 12 in the contest against the Lady Trojans. Emeri Saunders, Katy Bean and Olivia Spencer all recorded a hit for TMS in the victory.
In the top of the first inning, Tullahoma took advantage of those free passes, an error and wild pitches, plating six runs in the opening frame. The Lady Wildcats followed by plating two more runs in the top of the second, including one run off of a single by Bean.
Tullahoma plated four more runs in the top of the third, grabbing a commanding 12-0 advantage. Two of those runs in the third inning came after Saunders drove a single into right field, allowing Lacee Barbeau and Spencer to score. Spencer had previously reached on base hit to center field in the frame.
In the second game of the series on Feb. 27, Tullahoma spread out seven runs in the first three innings, jumping out to a 7-0 advantage in the home opener. South went on to plate three runs in the top of the fourth inning, cutting its deficit down to 7-3.
However, Tullahoma answered with another run in the bottom of the fourth inning, upping its lead to 8-3. South again tried to cut into its deficit, plating a pair of runs in the fifth, but that was all it could manage as the Lady Wildcats held on for the victory.
Bean got the start for Tullahoma in the circle, tossing 4.2 innings for the Lady Wildcats. In her time pitching, Bean allowed five runs, only one of which was earned, six hits and a walk while striking out 12 batters.
Spinner came in to record the final out for Tullahoma on the night, getting a ground out to seal the victory.
The Lady Wildcats’ offense again took advantage of mistakes by South. The Lady Trojans allowed seven walks and also had six errors in the loss.
Tullahoma had just four hits in the victory. Alazae Berry, Barbeau, Bean and Mallorie Stone all had a base hit for the Lady Wildcats.
In the bottom of the first inning, Tullahoma plated a run off of a dropped third strike, taking a 1-0 advantage into the second inning. From there, the Lady Wildcats padded their lead with five runs in the second frame, grabbing a 6-0 lead. All five runs were scored off of a wild pitches and passed balls.
Tullahoma again plated a run off of a wild pitch in the bottom of the third inning, as Bean scored, upping her team’s advantage to 7-0.
After South plated three run in the top of the fourth, Tullahoma put up its final run in the bottom of the frame. Addison Snipes was able to race home on a passed ball, putting the Lady Wildcats in front 8-3.
Tullahoma (2-0) will open up a series against North this week. The Lady Wildcats will host the Lady Gators on Monday, before heading to Winchester on Tuesday. On both days, first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.