Although it was a struggle early, the Pitkin Lady Tigers roared their way to the finish.

Although it was a struggle early, the Pitkin Lady Tigers roared their way to the finish. Amber McCallon reached base four times and scored four runs, while Ali Merchant retired 14 of the final 15 batters she faced as the fifth-ranked Lady Tigers opened the Class B playoffs on Monday with a 10-0 victory over the 28th-seeded Centerville Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Tigers are now 22-8 on the season and will take on either 12th-ranked Choudrant or 21st-seeded Weston in the second round of the playoffs later this week. Choudrant and Weston are scheduled to play their first-round game today. Centerville (6-10) got off to a good start as leadoff hitter Summar White reached on a bunt single. White stole second base quickly, only to see Merchant strike out Lacy LaGrange. A little later, Casey Owen grounded out to McCallon at short for the second out. White took off for third, but the throw from Karli West was easily in time, getting the double play. McCallon opened the bottom of the first by reaching third on an error by Owen, the centerfielder for the Lady Bulldogs. McCallon scored three pitches later as Kristen Roshong lofted a sacrifice fly to right field for a 1-0 Pitkin edge. After a scoreless second, the Lady Tigers began to build a little momentum. Again, McCallon reached on an error, stole second base and scored on a two-out, RBI-single off the bat of Hailee Anding, giving the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead. Anding scored on an RBI-double from Jalynn Clark and Clark crossed after an RBI-double from Ashton Merchant, pushing the Lady Tigers out to a four-run advantage. The hits kept coming for the Lady Tigers as they scored four times in the bottom of the fourth to build an 8-0 cushion. McCallon singled and later scored on an error. Roshong, who had reached on a fielder's choice, also scored on an error for the Lady Tigers, while Clark smacked a two-run single to left field a little later, accounting for the 8-0 advantage. Pitkin closed it out in the bottom of the fifth when Angelina Dauzat and McCallon scored on a two-run single from Roshong, finishing off the game at 10-0 due to the mercy rule. Ali Merchant gave up no runs on one hit with eight strikeouts and no walks as she faced the minimum 15 batters. She didn't allow a ball to be hit into the outfield. Clark was 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and three RBIs, while Anding had two hits, a run scored and an RBI. McCallon was 1-for-3 with four runs scored, while Roshong was 1-for-3 with three RBIs. LaGrange suffered the loss for the Lady Bulldogs in the circle, giving up eight runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and four walks. White was 1-for-2 with a bunt single and a stolen base.