Thursday, September, 22, 2005

Lady Patriots drop two, start tourney this week


The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots suffered a pair of rare defeats last week.

They saw their season mark fall to 11-5 with losses to Magnolia Heights and North Delta.

MA entered the North Half Tournament on Wednesday of this week in Cleveland, hosted by Bayou Academy. The final round is set for Saturday. The top four teams advance to the State Tournament. Last season the Lady Patriots came up one victory short of the State Tournament.

On Monday of last week, errors and lack of offensive production resulted in a 4-0 loss at Magnolia Heights.

“We had more errors than we’ve had all year, and they hit the ball better than us,” said head coach Louanne Tomlinson.

Traci Rodgers had two singles for Marshall, and Anne Bishop added a single.

Lauren Alexander took the loss from the mound. She faced 31 batters, striking out three and walking two.

“We just didn’t hit the ball; that’s pretty much it,” Tomlinson said.

The Lady Patriots led North Delta 3-0 Wednesday of last week at home but gave up five runs in the top of the sixth inning, and the visitors won 5-3.

“We had some errors, and they had a couple of big hits,” said Tomlinson, talking about the sixth. “After that, we couldn’t come back.”

Five Lady Patriots each had a single – Alexander, Bishop, Mandy Bolden, Heather Tomlinson and Kristina Polk.

Alexander again took the pitching loss. She faced 32 batters, striking out four and walking three.

“We’re just not doing what we need to do at the plate,” Tomlinson said.

The Marshall Academy B-team split against its two opponents last week – losing to Magnolia Heights 4-1 and beating North Delta 5-3.

“The B-team played very good,” Coach Tomlinson said. “It’s the closest they’ve ever played Magnolia Heights.”

In the victory over North Delta, several players contributed with singles.

Pitchers for the B-team last week included Courtney Gibson, Kristin Feathers and Casey Gibson.

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