McKinley Mathis pitches Lady Eagles to win
Evensville, TN — Rhea County Lady Eagles softball team held on for 6-5 win over McMinn County at home. McMinn had five hits in the top of second inning, but Mathis and the defense limited the Eagles to two runs. Lady Eagles tied in their half of second as Hallie DeArman and Kaci Tilley reached base with walk and error by Lady Cherokees. McMinn came back with third run for lead in top of third. In the bottom of the fourth inning the Lady Eagles again put up two runs. Kaci Tilley led off inning with single and scored the first run. Chattin scored the second run on single by Madalyn Ray to give the Lady Eagles the 4-3 lead.
Rhea County pushed the lead to 6-3 the next inning as Keely Hickman(1B) and Hallie DeArman(2B) opened the inning with hits. McKinley Mathis and Kaci Tilley were able to drive both home without the benefit of a hit. McMinn came back with single runs in the next two inning but feel short as Lady Eagles had a non-district win and revenge for loss to McMinn earlier in the season.
Lady Eagles garnered nine hits on the day. Hannah Dearman(1B), Madalyn Ray(1B), Macy Welch(2B), Keeley Hickman(1B), Hallie DeArman(2B)(BB), Kaci Tilley(1B), Kaylee Chattin(1B) and Ellie Hickman(1B)(1B) had hits. McKinley Mathis pitched entire game and gave up 10 hits, while walking one and striking out four.
After the game, head coach Leach Price was very pleased with the win. Coach Price said, “I think they came here thinking they had it made. We were ready from pitch one. Mac(McKinley Mathis) pitched great and we played great behind her, which hasn’t always been the case.”
“We definitely started out rough, especially in a couple of tournaments. I gave the team a little talking to and said we needed to play better. They came out giving the effort they are supposed to give and that is all I can ask for.”
“I feel like the pitching has done a little better late, after struggling early. We have four different style pitchers. I am going to have to be smart in how I use them. My freshman have really stepped up.”