The Jacksboro Tigerettes narrowly averted disaster Friday as they surrendered a nine run seventh inning lead, then scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Nocona 13-12 and even their district record at 2-2.
The Lady Indians scored first with two runs in the top of the first inning off pitcher Savannah Dunlap. The Tigerettes answered in the bottom of the first as Darby Perry reached base and came around to score to pull the Tigerettes to within 2-1 after one inning of play.
Strong pitching from Savannah Dunlap and several nice defensive plays helped the Tigerettes keep the Lady Indians off the scoreboard for the next five innings. Bea Toscano made a nice play at shortstop to record an out. Catcher Darby Perry threw out a would be base stealer and Bailey Harmonson had several nice catches in left field to help keep Nocona off the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, the Tigerette offense went to work. Lacy Lane scored Dunlap and Madison Swor on a sharp single to left field to put the Tigerettes up 3-2 after two innings of play. The Tigerettes would score two more runs in the third inning when Dunlap singled. Alexia Rushin came on to run for Dunlap and scored along with Bea Toscano on a base hit from Swor to extend the Tigerette lead to 5-2.
Consecutive infield singles from Harley Goodner and Lindsey Murphy were followed by a base hit from Bailey Harmonson to score another run. Bea Toscano drove in an addition run and Dunlap drove in Harmonson to extend the Tigerette lead to 8-2.
The Tigerettes almost ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Harmonson, Toscano and Dunlap scored to extend the Tigerette lead to nine runs. One more run would end the game by virtue of the ten run “mercy” rule. Lane came to bat with two runners on base. Lane drove a smash to shortstop that was speared on a leaping catch.
Nocona came to bat in the top of the seventh inning, trailing 11-2. The Lady Indians would plate ten runs in the top of the seventh inning to go ahead 12-11.
The Tigerettes answered the challenge in the bottom of the seventh inning. Goodner singled and stole second, then came in to score on a base hit by Harmonson to tie the scored. Harmonson stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly. Dunlap came to the plate with two outs and a runner on third. She delivered with a RBI and the Tigerettes had won a wild game 13-12.
Head Coach John Bennett was relieved to get the win as he stated “We have got to learn to put our opponents away when we have them back in the game, but I was proud of the fact that we fought back and scored two runs in the last inning to take back the lead and get the win.”
In other district action, Bowie defeated Henrietta and Holliday defeated City View. The win leaves the Tigerettes in third place in the district. Jacksboro will travel to Henrietta to take on the Lady Bearcats Tuesday afternoon.
One measure of the progress of the Tigerette softball program is the ability of the school to field a junior varsity team. Following the varsity game the JV Tigerettes fell to the JV Lady Indians 12-6. Ashley Cox had a three run triple for the Tigerettes.