Thursday, September 6, 2007
Lady Patriots beat Carroll, Lee
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy softball team remained perfect in district play last week with wins over Carroll and Lee (Clarksdale).
Traci Rodgers’ carried the big stick at Carroll on August 27. She went four of four from the plate with two doubles, a triple and a single as the Lady Patriots dominated 9-2.
Other leading hitters include Mandy Bolden with two singles and Heather Tomlinson with a home run over the left field fence. Lauren Alexander, who was the winning pitcher, also had a single.
The MA girls, behind the perfect pitching of Casey Gibson, blanked Lee (Clarksdale) 7-0 the next day, August 28, at home.
Gibson gave up no hits and no walks. She had four strikeouts in seven innings of work.
“Our defense was awesome behind her, only committing one error,” said head coach Susan Rodgers.
Anna Roberts was two of three from the batter’s box with two singles. Bolden had an inside-the-park homer. Getting one hit each were Rodgers, Heather Tomlinson, Alexander and Brittney Tomlinson.
The victory upped Marshall’s district record to 6-0.
The Lady Patriots closed the week with a disappointing 4-2 loss to non-district rival North Delta.
“Our defense was solid,” Rodgers said. “We only committed one error, but we could not get hits at the times we needed them. North Delta played a very good game.”
Getting one hit each for the Lady Patriots were Bolden, Heather Tomlinson and Chelsey Gilliam.
Alexander was the losing pitcher. She gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one.
MA’s overall record went to 12-5.
The Lady Patriots were scheduled to host Indianola Academy Tuesday. They visit Magnolia Heights Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and then play in the Greenville Tournament Saturday, Sept. 8. Next Monday, Sept. 10, they host Kirk at 4 p.m., and next Tuesday, Sept. 11, they visit Lee (Ark.) at 4 p.m.
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