By TONY STINNETT/Courier Sports Editor
Sophomore Kristen Hale put on a dominating performance to help lead Cannon County to a 4-2 win against Murfreesboro Central Magnet Tuesday (April 9).
The Lionettes (11-5, 4-3) won for the sixth straight game and remained tied for third in District 8-AA under first-year head coach Gaylon Sissom.
Hale struck out seven and scattered six hits in securing the win on the mound. She also made a difference at the plate, where she was 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI.
Macy Williams also had two hits for the Lionettes. Molly Williams, Cheyenne Fann, Ally Parton, Macy Clements, Madison Simons and Tessa Resko also had hits for the Lionettes.
Cannon County scored early to take control. The Lionettes scored one in the first and added two more in the second. Macy Williams ignited the offense in the second with a triple to score Simons. Hale followed with a single to score Williams and the Lionettes owned a 3-0 lead.
As the middle innings approached those two runs seemed more and more insurmountable as Hale got stronger as the game progressed.
Hale pitched out of trouble spots and held off the Lady Tigers in the latter innings as the Lionettes secured the district victory.
* - The Lionettes had the offense going in an 8-0 triumph against Montery Monday (April 8).
Cannon County pounded out 15 hits in the easy victory. The Lionettes scored all of their runs in the first three innings and coasted to victory. They scored three in the first, two in the second and three more in the third to take an 8-0 lead.
Pitcher Jessica Elmy left nothing to chance. She went the distance, struck out seven, walked two and scattered five hits to notch the victory.
The Lionettes had four extra-base hits. Brianna Nichols blasted a pair of doubles, Macy Clements and Macy Williams also doubled.
Five Lionettes had multi-hit performances with Madison Simons and Nichols leading the way with three hits each. Simons was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Nichols was 3-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored and one RBI.
Molly Williams, Macy Williams and Kamille Smith each had two hits. Molly Williams was 2-for-5 with one run scored. Macy Williams was 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Smith was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Ally Parton, Macy Clements and Cheyenne Fann also had base knocks in the offensive uprising.
The Lionettes are gaining steam down the stretch and seem to be playing their best ball as the district tournament approaches.
They have been particularly impressive during their six-game winning streak. Lionettes’ pitchers have limited the opposition to two runs or less in all six wins.
They have thrown three shutouts during that stretch, including a 1-0 triumph at York.
The Lionettes have won three straight District 8-AA contests and they have won eight of their last 11 games overall.