published Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Young Meigs team goes two-and-out

Chloe Grayson of Meigs County pitches against Lexington.
Chloe Grayson of Meigs County pitches against Lexington.
Photo by Doug Strickland.
May 20-24, 2013 Murfeesboro, TN

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — While they didn't look overwhelmed by the state tournament, Meigs County's young softball Lady Tigers certainly went through some growing pains here in their two games.

The Lady Tigers, who have just one senior and were making the program's first appearance at the BlueCross Spring Fling in three years, committed four errors and couldn't take advantage of their own opportunities in a 7-2 loss to Lexington that eliminated them from the Class AA bracket.

"They accomplished a lot just by getting here," Meigs County coach Jeff Davis said. "This was a good experience for a young team. Now they know what it takes to get back here and to compete against the best once they get here."

With both teams facing elimination, Lexington scored two runs in the home half of the first inning, added another in the third, then blew the game open with two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings.

Third baseman Baylee Nunley is Meigs' lone senior, while the Lady Tigers also had four juniors, four freshmen and three sophomores. The Decatur school has the second-smallest enrollment among all Tennessee Class AA programs and next year, which is a reclassification season, it will drop down to Class A.

Meigs County made at least one error in three of the four innings in which Lexington scored.

"Defense definitely let us down today. We butchered some plays today that opened the door for them to score a bunch of runs," Davis said. "We had some chances ourselves, but we never could put together a couple of hits it would take to really score several runs we needed."

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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