Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007
Lady Patriots move to final round
Two wins September 26 in the Mississippi Private School Association State Tournament put the Marshall Academy Lady Patriots in the driver’s seat going into the final four.
In the first game on Wednesday of last week, the Lady Patriots defeated the Lady Bucs of Bowling Green (La.) Academy 5-1.
The MA offense combined for seven hits and three stolen bases. Lauren Alexander had the hot bat. She led the Lady Patriots with two slap hits.
Mandy Bolden, Traci Rodgers, Courtney Gibson, Allie Kriss and Casey Gibson added one hit each.
Defensively, the winning pitcher was Alexander. The junior ace for the Lady Pats struck out six, walked one and gave up three hits.
Going into the final round on Monday, Alexander’s record stood at 17-7.
In the second game September 26, the Lady Patriots faced a very strong hitting team from Leake Academy. Familiar with Leake’s softball team (the Lady Patriots lost to the Lady Rebels in the state championship game last year), the Lady Patriots knew they were in for a fight.
Leake jumped out to a 3-0 lead early with some very good hits.
In the bottom of the second, Marshall’s bats caught fire. The Lady Patriots scored six runs on hits from Bolden, Courtney Gibson, Anna Roberts, Casey Gibson, plus a stand-up double by senior Allie Kriss. Bolden also contributed two stolen bases in the inning.
The Lady Patriots scored again in the fourth on a hit by Alexander and a shot in the gap for a stand-up double by Bolden.
Alexander scored on a stolen base attempt by Bolden, which caused a throwing error by the Leake Academy pitcher.
The Lady Rebels came back to score another run in the fifth and one in the sixth. But coach Susan Rodgers said the Lady Patriots’ “never surrender attitude,” that has carried them through the season, prevailed.
The Lady Patriots won 7-5 and moved to the finals of the winner’s bracket.
Marshall, number one team from the north with a 25-11 record, and Centreville, top team from the south, faced each other Monday at 11 a.m. at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. The other semi-final teams, both with a loss, were Columbia and Leake. They also met at 11 a.m. The tourney was scheduled to end Monday afternoon.
The top two teams in the state advance to the MPSA Overall Tournament.
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