Natalie Herrin tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout to out duel Tattnall County’s Jasmine Johnson leading new top-ranked Pierce County to a 6-0 win over 10th-ranked Tattnall County.
PCHS (15-5 overall, 8-0 Region 1-AAA) scored five times in the seventh inning to break open the game played Wednesday, September 30, in winning a fourth straight game and 12th in its final 14 games. The victory gave the Lady Bears the season sweep after escaping 3-2 in eight innings back on September 10 at home.
Pierce County received a bye in the region tournament, which began Tuesday and will finish Thursday. The Lady Bears are the host school.
Kylie Allen (2-for-3) stroked a double and a triple and drove in three runs to power the Pierce County offense. Allen led off the second inning with a double and later scored on Natalie Sullivan’s (2-for-4) one-out single for the only run the Lady Bears would need. Allen added a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning to finally break open the close game.
Meanwhile, after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning, Herrin was in control the rest of the way and retired the last 12 batters in order. She finished with five strikeouts and allowed one walk.
Offensively, Allen had a double for the Lady Bears’ only other extra-base hit of the game. Sullivan added a pair of singles and an RBI for Pierce County while Natalee Griffin singled twice and scored a run.
Rebecca Deloach had one hit in three at-bats as well as a walk, a run scored and a run batted in. Reagan Larson also hit safely for the Lady Bears and Madison Pickett added a sacrifice fly.
After Pierce County took a 1-0 lead in the second on Allen’s double and Sullivan’s RBI single, the Lady Warriors mounted their most serious scoring threat in the bottom of the third inning.
After a one-out PCHS error, Tattnall County got its only hit of the game, a double to right field by Gracie Dowdy that put runners at second and third with one out. Following a fly out and a walk to load the bases with two out, Herrin induced an inning-ending ground out to end the threat.
The scored stayed 1-0 until the seventh inning when the Lady Bears scored five times. Tivona Myles reached on an error to open the inning, Makayla Pitts walked and Griffin beat out an infield single to load the bases with nobody out.
After Herrin popped out for the first out of the inning, Deloach singled to center scoring Myles. Allen then belted a 3-1 pitch to center field for a bases-clearing triple and a 5-0 Pierce County lead. She scored, the game’s final run on Picketts sacrifice fly to right.