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Tigerettes win first game of tourney
grand slam
Smithville Review/Reed Vanderpool photo Dani Meadows gets a high-five by Coach Bond as she rounds third-base after hitting a grand slam in a recent game. She is greeted at homeplate by members of her team.


The DCHS Tigerettes softball team had a busy week, edging out the Upperman Lady Bees in a 5-4 game on April 27, falling 1-0 to Warren County on April 28, and defeating York Institute 10-0 in the first round of the District Softball Tournament at Baxter on May 1.


In the game against Upperman Monday, The contest remained scoreless until the Tigerettes scored all five of their runs in an explosive fifth inning rally. Upperman countered with four runs in the sixth inning, but stalled, allowing DeKalb to take the win.


The Tigerettes won the game on six hits, and committed two errors. Upperman scored four runs on two hits, with no errors.


The Tigerettes loaded the bases in the fifth, setting Dani Meadows up to rattle the scoreboard with a grand-slam homerun. Katie Hall and Hannah Walker contributed one double and one single each, and Allison Maynard put a one-bagger in. Winning pitcher Kayley Caplinger struck out fourteen Lady Bees.


In the 1-0 loss to Warren County on Tuesday, two strong defensive efforts prevented either team from getting on the scoreboard until the eighth inning, when the Lady Pioneers managed to squeeze in the lone run of the game. Warren won the game with eight hits, and committed no errors.


The Tigerettes put two hits on the books, and committed two errors. While Kayley Caplinger took the loss on the mound, she struck out twelve batters in the game. The Tigerettes hits were both singles, from the bats of Katie Hall and Dani Meadows.


In the first round of district tournaments, the Tigerettes scored ten runs on twelve hits and committed no errors to defeat York Institute. The Lady Dragons were held scoreless, with no hits in the game.


DeKalb scored three runs in the first inning, six runs in the fourth, and one run in the seventh inning to take the win, and winning pitcher Kayley Caplinger struck out nine York batters.


Katie Hall blasted two doubles for the Tigerette offense, while Tyra Graham hit a single and a double. Dani Meadows and Hannah Walker slipped in two singles each, and Loren Cripps, Kayley Caplinger, Myranda Bailiff and Lexi Bates all singled.