Jason McBay’s season opened up the week with a big come-from-behind win over Commerce in their final at bat. The rest of the week wasn’t quite so kind. AA’s second-ranked Monticello Hurricanes took the Dogs down by the tune of 13-2 and Jefferson (highly ranked in AAA) got a 7-2 victory over Morgan in their first Region 8-AAA contest.
Monticello got off the bus hitting line drives taking a 3-0 lead after the first inning of play. A single, triple, and homerun from the first four batters did the damage. The Hurricanes scored in every inning at the plate to take a 13-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth with the run rule in place. Morgan almost extended the game by scoring two runs in the fifth. Maeson Tanner drew a walk with one out and moved to third on freshman Emma Garrison’s single to right. It was the first hit of her young career. Alissa Webb promptly doubled off the right centerfield fence to score the two runs for the Lady Dogs. Webb got two of only three hits in the ballgame. Monticello’s shortstop, Lacy Rutledge, went 3-3 with two doubles, a triple, and a walk.
Thursday MOCO faced off with new Region opponent Jefferson in their first Region game of the season. The Lady Dragons showed why they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018. Pitcher Emily Perrin struck out 15 Morgan hitters while walking only two and gave up three hits. Left fielder Hannah Callaway tripled down the left field line in the sixth, but the next two batters struck out to end the only real threat the Lady Dogs had in the contest.
The Dogs paid a price in this one with three players having to leave the contest due to injuries. The most serious might be the loss of Webb for the next week. She injured her glove hand trying to make a play on a tag at second. Her hand caught the helmet of the runner and immediately swelled. According to McBay, Webb may have a hairline fracture near her thumb. Further tests this week will determine how much time the All-Stater might miss.
McBay commented on the week, “We got a big win Monday against Commerce. As long as the injuries aren’t too serious, I think the losses will make us better.”