Thursday, September 13, 2007
Lady Patriots back on track
The Marshall Academy softball team has been in a slump, to say the least.
Last week the Lady Patriots lost three consecutive games, one of them being a 2-1 district setback to the Lady Colonels of Indianola. The other two were to the Lady Waves of North Delta and the Lady Chiefs of Magnolia Heights.
“We just needed to regroup, take a deep breath and regain our composure,” said head coach Susan Rodgers. “We had just been playing so well. It was so disappointing to see us play so badly.”
On Saturday, Sept. 8, the slump came to an end. The Lady Patriots traveled to Greenville to compete in the Greenville Christian Invitational Tournament. Not only did the Lady Patriots go undefeated in the tournament, they completely dominated it by outscoring their opponents 22-4.
In the first round of pool play, the Lady Patriots were set to avenge a loss to district rival Indianola, and avenge they did. In a 9-0 rout, the Lady Patriots were flawless on offense and defense. The Lady Patriots were on fire, scoring two runs early with hits coming from Heather Tomlinson, Traci Rodgers and Mandy Bolden, and two runs-batted-in from Casey Gibson.
As the Lady Patriots were racking up the runs, pitcher Lauren Alexander was racking up the strikeouts – six for the game while giving up two hits.
Casey Gibson and Chelsey Gilliam led the Lady Patriots’ hitting barrage with a double and a single each while adding to the scoreboard with three RBIs each. Also having hits for the Lady Patriots were Anna Roberts, Courtney Gibson and Brittney Tomlinson with one each.
In the second game of the day, the Lady Patriots won 5-3 over Deer Creek Academy.
The hot hitting continued into this game as well. Bolden carried the big stick with a triple, two singles and three RBIs. Alexander hit two singles, followed by Rodgers, Heather Tomlinson, Roberts and Casey Gibson with one each. Alexander was the winning pitcher.
In the tournament championship game, the Lady Patriots crushed the Lee (Clarksdale) Lady Colts 8-1. Casey Gibson was the winning pitcher.
Even though the Colts had six hits, the Lady Patriots’ defense was tight as they committed only one error in the game and held the Colts to only one run.
Offensively, the Lady Patriots were still on fire. Heather Tomlinson led the way with two doubles and also reached on a third strike pitch. Bolden had a great game at the plate as well, hitting a double and a single. Roberts, the designated hitter, had two singles, followed by Rodgers and Gilliam with one hit each.
The Lady Patriots were scheduled to host Kirk Academy Monday and then visit Marianna, Ark., to face Lee on Tuesday. Both are district contests. They will play in the Indian Summer Classic at Tunica this weekend. Next Monday, Sept. 17, MA hosts Magnolia Heights.
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