Thursday, September 15, 2005

MA softball sweeps Kirk Academy

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots came from behind to get an important district win over Kirk Academy on September 7.

The Raiders went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth. Then in the bottom of the inning Lauren Alexander’s double scored Casey Gibson and Mandy Bolden for what proved to be the winning runs, 3-2.

“We did not hit well,” coach Louanne Tomlinson said. “Our defense was great.”

Marshall defeated Kirk 13-2 earlier in the season.

“Kirk has improved,” she said, “but we need to get the offense going.”

Alexander was the winning pitcher. She struck out six.

On offense, Alexander slapped a double and a single. Heather Tomlinson had two singles. Getting one single each were Bolden and Kristina Polk.

The varsity team improved to 11-3 on the season.

The Marshall Academy junior varsity squad earned two recent wins on the softball diamond and played to a rare tie.

The JV Lady Patriots hosted the A-team from Lee, Ark., for a twinbill on Wednesday, Aug. 31. They won the opener 6-4 and tied the nightcap 6-6.

Kristin Feathers was the winning pitcher in game one. She struck out seven.

Leading the offensive attack were Alison Hutchens, Casey Gibson, Callie Clanton, Lauralee Fant, Desi Black and Emma Elgin.

In game two of the doubleheader, Marshall was up 6-1 before Lee, Ark., rallied to tie. The game was called by the umpires due to the time limit.

“We made several defensive errors in that fourth inning and let them back in the game,” Tomlinson said.

Courtney Gibson pitched for Marshall Academy. She struck out one.

Top Lady Patriots from the plate were Hutchens, Courtney Gibson, Clanton, Anna Roberts and Megan Isbell.

The Marshall JV team then bombed Kirk 9-3 Wednesday of last week.

Roberts connected for a double. Adding singles were Hutchens, Courtney Gibson, Fant, Chelsey Gilliam and Elgin.

Winning pitcher Courtney Gibson faced 12 batters and struck out two, while Feathers tossed in relief, going up against five batters and striking out three.

“The junior varsity team is doing very well,” Tomlinson said. “They’ve only lost one game and tied one.”

The Lady Patriots were scheduled to visit Magnolia Heights Monday. They then host North Delta on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

They will participate in a weekend tournament at Tunica September 17 and 18 before beginning the District 1-AA Tournament the following week.


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