Marion, AL. - The MMI Lady Tigers earned a home doubleheader sweep, defeating Itawamba Community College 3-2 and 8-7. The two wins improve their record to 7-5. The next scheduled doubleheader is Tuesday, February 19, at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Game 1: MMI 3 ICC 2
ICC scored in their first at-bat after an infield error allowed the Indians to take a quick 1-0 lead. Marion didn't scored until the fourth inning. Morgan Gaither started the rally with a base hit. She was followed by Madison Bubel who was hit by a pitch. Kylie Bolton laid down a bunt and an ICC error allowed Gaither to score and Bubel moved to third. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Dalton Merrill scored Bubel and Bolton scored on an outfield error. The Lady Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the fifth inning. The Lady Chiefs scored one in the fifth inning but sophomore Lexi McCray was able to shut down the opposing batters to earn the win.
Game 2: MMI 8 ICC 7
ICC started game two with a run in the top of the first inning before Marion rallied in their first at-bat to plate three runs of their own. Whitney Edgecome walked to lead the inning and Morgan Dennis advanced her to second. Morgan Gaither walked and Madison Bubel was hit by a pitch to load the bases. An error off the bat of Kylie Bolton allowed Edgecomb to score. Jaina Walden got an up-the-middle base hit to score Gaither and Bubel. Marion had a 3-1 lead after one inning of play.
Itwamba took the lead back (3-4) in the top of the third inning after an error in Marion's outfield allowed extra runners to advance. MMI started the bottom half of that inning with another hit by pitch but the runner was stranded, giving the visitors a one run advantage.
Sophomore Anna Claire relieved starting pitcher, Alex Reed, in the fourth inning and with two outs and the bases loaded, the Indians hit a double to deep right center field to score three more runs. ICC led 7-3 going into the Lady Tigers' at-bat. Morgan Gaither earned a walk with the bases loaded to add a run for Marion. Madison Bubel singled in her next at-bat and Marion cut the lead to 7-5 after four innings.
Sophomore Lexi McCray relieved Gresham in the fifth inning and was able to strand runners on first and third for ICC. Marion added a run in the sixth inning. Morgan Dennis was hit by a pitch and Morgan Gaither earned a base hit. Madison Bubel attempted a bunt and an error by the infield allowed Dennis to score.
Down 7-6 with one at-bat remaining, the Lady Tigers were able to manufacture two runs to take the doubleheader sweep. Whitney Edgecomb earned first base after being hit by the pitcher. Morgan Gaither was walked intentionally which brought Kameron Hunt to the plate. A hit off Hunt's bat caused an error by Itawamba and two runs were allowed to cross the plate. Marion won 8-7.