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October 1, 2013

Tuttle holds firm against Piedmont to take home win

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star

TUTTLE —

Three runs in the first two innings were all Tuttle needed to get past Piedmont in their second to last home game of the fall season.

The 3-1 result keeps momentum going for the Lady Tigers as they head toward the end of season regional and state tournaments. Pitcher Bailee Saye had five strikeouts in all seven innings pitched with a home run in the top of the third as the only blip.

It was a big defensive performance that won Tuttle the game, but that came after they got their scoring done early. Leadoff Shelby Carel's single got things started off right for the Lady Tigers in the bottom of the first before she tagged up on a sacrifice fly from Lauren Kelley. Saye and the Tuttle defense kept Piedmont to a three-up-three-down for the first and second innings.

The hits came raining down in the second. Carly Koons led off with a double before another two bases from Peyton Garrett brought her in to score. Mindy Winters then brought Garrett in with another double, and it could have been more had Piedmont not changed pitchers and put Kassidy Scott on the mound, which seemed to stifle the Tiger attack.

That seemed to move the momentum in the Wildcats' favor heading into the top of the third. Madison Morris sent Saye's pitch flying into deep center for a solo shot to get the visitors on the board. 

Scott tried to give her team every chance to get back in, striking out five batters in just over six innings played. A strikeout in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded kept Tuttle's lead at two.

After that, Tuttle couldn't string enough hits together to make the margin larger, but their fielding, which included a heads-up double play by catcher Carel and Cambrye Moore at first in the top of the seventh, was what counted as the game drew to a close.

Carel's impact was slightly bigger on offense, going two-for-three at the plate with a run, stolen base and a walk. Koons added her second double in the fifth inning to go two-for-two with a run and a walk. Winters went one-for-three with a double and an RBI.

With her homerun, Morris went two-for-three from the plate to lead Piedmont. Jamie Lowrie went one-for-two, as did pitcher Scott.