In a key battle for region positioning, McIntosh went on the road and fended off a fierce challenge from Fayette County, topping the Tigers 6-0 on Tuesday.
“We’ve been focusing on our effort and making every play and keeping the energy up,” said McIntosh coach Carlie Anderson. “I thought we did that well tonight. It was a much better outing.”
While freshman pitcher Rebecca Muh was her usual dominating self on the mound striking out 14, it was a particularly solid night for the Chief bats.
“This was probably one of our better hitting games,” said Anderson. “We played with a lot of confidence, and we had some younger players step in and step up.”
She singled out sophomore Morgan Hurd as one of the top performers. Hurd went 3-for-4 with a triple and a RBI.
“Morgan had a great night at the plate. She had some very good at bats.”
The improved Tiger squad gave the Chiefs all they could handle most of the night. Freshman pitcher Lindsey George kept the Chiefs guessing, and her defense added in some key stops to keep the game close.
After Muh struck out the side in the bottom half of the first, the Chiefs got on the board in the top of the second, pouncing on a defensive miscue. Savannah Moore legged out a single and came around to score when CassiDee Rotolo’s infield hit was fielded and thrown away.
Rikkelle Miller led off the bottom half drawing a walk, and Lindsey George singled, but Muh again struck out a trio to escape harm.
Miller wowed in the field to end McIntosh’s half of the third. A runner was slow returning to second, daring her to make the throw. Miller did just that, and Destiny Edwards wisely held the tag as the runner’s momentum took her past the bag for the out.
Hurd led off the fourth with a triple, but the Tiger defense nearly kept her from scoring. Hayley Gill smoked the ball to deep centerfield, and Destiny Truesdale got on her horse and tracked it down. Hurd scored on a hit to shallow right that Maddie Houser charged in and caught on her shoelaces. Sydney Hahn made it a 3-0 lead with a bloop single to plate Ashlyn Gaines.
The fifth brought insurance. Meagan McCamphill led off with an infield single and scored on a Hurd bloop. Moore reached on an error scoring a run, and Gaines drove in the final nail at 6-0.
Fayette tried to stage a rally in the bottom of the seventh, led by a Miller single, but she was thrown out trying to stretch it to two on an excellent throw by Gaines.
The Tigers will look for revenge when they meet again on McIntosh’s diamond Monday, September 25.
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