Thursday, October 11, 2007
MA girls wrap up state title season
“Wow, what a ride,” was about all head coach Susan Rodgers could say to her Lady Patriots as they concluded their magical fast-pitch softball season October 3 at the Mississippi Private School Association Overall Tournament.
Marshall Academy had won the State AA Tournament just two days earlier.
Still on cloud nine and celebrating, the Lady Patriots came out in the first game at Mississippi College on fire, putting away Class A runner-up Franklin Academy 6-2.
MA scored early on singles by Lauren Alexander and Mandy Bolden, a two-RBI double by Heather Tomlinson and an RBI single by Chelsey Gilliam.
In the second inning, Alexander and Casey Gibson were driven in by a two-RBI double from the bat of Mandy Bolden.
Alexander scored again in the fourth on another RBI from Heather Tomlinson.
Alexander got the win on the mound for the Lady Patriots.
MA’s next game October 3 in the Overall Tournament pitted the Lady Patriots against the Jackson Prep Lady Patriots, state champ in Class AAA.
The power hitters from Prep proved to be more than the Marshall team could handle.
“Five unearned runs in the first inning took the wind out of the sails for us,” Coach Rodgers said. “It was hard for us to get any momentum going.”
Singles from Alexander and Bolden and an RBI double from Heather Tomlinson were all the Lady Patriots could muster.
MA fell 8-2.
In the go-home game, the Lady Patriots faced the Centreville Lady Tigers again. They had beaten Centreville twice for the state championship.
In the rematch game of the AA finals, the Lady Patriots were not able to find the fire that had gotten them a win over Franklin earlier in the day. Marshall lost 5-3.
“We are disappointed and sad the season is over but we had a great season,” Rodgers said. “We are going to miss the seniors who have been the building foundation of this program.”
The seniors on this year’s team are Mandy Bolden, Allie Kriss and Brittney Tomlinson.
Coach Rodgers said the Lady Patriots have a strong nucleus coming back for next year and she looks forward to another great season.
The Lady Patriots finished their state championship season with a record of 28-13.
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