While the Lady Wildcats won the first game 2-0 against the Lady Tigers, the second game resulted in a 5-0 loss, costing Polk the Region 5-AA Championship title.
Both Meigs County and Polk County have advanced to Region 5-AA competition, which begins for the Lady Wildcats on Monday at 5:30 as they venture to East Hamilton.
“We play down in East Hamilton on Monday. We played them last year and we’ve got a chance to win,” Polk County head coach Bill Triplett commented. “We’ve got to play well to beat them, but at this point and time in the year everyone has to play well to advance.”
In the first game of the evening The Lady Tigers were held runless by the Lady Wildcats for the first time this year.
Polk County got their first run of the game in the bottom of the first. Sydney Sloan had taken first base due to base on balls and was brought in by Lily Cuzzort’s double.
The final run of the game came in the bottom of the third. Ashlynn Johnson’s double left her in a scoring position. Two batters later Lydia Triplett smashed a double into left field to bring Johnson in for the second run.
“We got two clutch hits, one from Lily Cuzzort that drove in a run and one from Lydia Triplett who had a double that also drove in a run,” Coach Triplett stated.
During the first game only one Meigs County base runner made it to third.
Hannah Triplett pitched the entire game and fanned five Lady Tiger batters.
‘We had a good game the first game and had a good pitching performance out of Hannah Triplett,” Coach Triplett said.
As a result of the Lady Wildcats’ win, a second game was forced in the double elimination tournament.
LADY TIGERS 5, LADY WILDCATS 0
The Region 5-AA Championship game took an unfortunate turn for Polk County, as Meigs County held the Lady Wildcats runless.
“We got two big hits in the first game and they got two big hits in the second game, that was the difference in both games,” Coach Triplett stated.
Lady Tiger pitcher Morgan Boggess gave up only two hits in the seven innings she pitched.
“Meigs has two pretty good pitchers and we just weren’t able to string hits together and get enough of them,” Coach Triplett explained.
Brandi Kilpatrick’s triple drove in two runners for Meigs in the first inning. Two innings later, Morgan Boggess hit a solo homerun, giving the Lady Tigers a 3 run lead over the Lady Wildcats.
Meigs County’s final two runs came in the bottom of the sixth.
Despite Polk County’s best efforts to get something going, only Lydia Triplett and Lily Cuzzort, who got another double, managed to come up with hits.
Hannah Triplett struck out five Lady Tiger batters and walked none.
LADY WILDCATS 2, LADY TIGERS 0
Polk County 101 000 0 — 2 6 1
Meigs County 000 000 0 — 0 5 0
WP: Hannah Triplett 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 1 BB. LP: Chloe Grayson 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 3 BB. 2B: Lydia Triplett, Lily Cuzzort, Ashlynn Johnson (PC); Taylor Boggess (MC). Highlights: L. Triplett 1-3, RBI; Cuzzort 1-2, RBI; A. Johnson 2-3, run (PC), Taylor Boggess 2-4; Angel Davis 2-3 (MC).
LADY TIGERS 5, LADY WILDCATS 0
Polk County 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Meigs County 201 002 x — 5 9 0
WP: Morgan Boggess 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 2 BB. LP: Hannah Triplett 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5 K, 0 BB HR: M. Boggess (MC). 3B: Brandi Kilpatrick (MC). 2B: Lily Cuzzort (PC); Madison Hampton, Angel Davis (MC). Highlights: Cuzzort 1-3; Lydia Triplett 1-2 (PC); Hampton 2-4, 2 RBI, run; M. Boggess 2-3, RBI, run; Kilpatrick 2-3, 2 RBI; Davis 1-3, run. Records: Polk County 20-15.