Thursday, October 12, 2006
Lady Pats lose two at overall, wrap up good season
Marshall Academy’s exciting fast-pitch softball season came to an end Wednesday of last week with two close losses in the Mississippi Private School Association Overall State Tournament.
In the first matchup the Lady Patriots faced River Oaks from Louisiana.
In the first inning Marshall scored three runs. Mandy Bolden and Courtney Gibson started off the inning with hits. Traci Rodgers and Lauren Alexander also got on base with Bolden, Gibson and Rodgers scoring.
In the third inning Alexander got a hit and Casey Gibson was able to lay down a sacrifice bunt. When the throw to third to try and get Alexander went into the dugout, she was awarded home plate.
This proved to be all the offense MA would get.
Alexander started on the mound for the Lady Patriots. She gave up four hits, four runs and one walk. She was replaced in the bottom of the first inning by Casey Gibson, who pitched five and two-thirds innings. She gave up three hits, two runs and no walks. Casey Gibson also struck out two.
MA lost to River Oaks 6-4.
In the second game of the day, Marshall faced rival Bayou Academy. MA split with Bayou in the regular season.
“We were just not able to get our offense going in the game,” said assistant coach Carlton Gibson. “We could not seem to get two hits in the same inning.”
Alexander led the offense with two hits. Bolden, Rodgers, Heather Tomlinson and Anna Roberts got one hit each.
Alexander pitched. She gave up three hits and no walks, and struck out three.
“We had some errors that cost us in this game,” Coach Gibson said.
The Lady Patriots lost to Bayou 3-1.
“We are very proud of this group of girls and the season they had,” Coach Gibson said. “Getting second in the AA state was the highlight of the year.
“We gained some valuable experience playing in the overall tournament where you play with the best of the best. We gained a lot of experience that we can build on for next year.”
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