Thursday, September 11, 2008
Lady Pats fall to Magnolia Heights
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy softball team dropped a 5-2 decision to Magnolia Heights Thursday.
It was a non-division contest against a Class AAA school and left the Class AA Lady Patriots with an impressive 16-4 record going into action this week.
Getting one hit each for Marshall in the loss were Robin Bryant, Chelsey Gilliam, Casey Gibson, Lauren Alexander, Traci Rodgers and Heather Tomlinson.
Scoring the Lady Patriots’ two runs were Elizabeth Skelton, pinch running for Tomlinson, and Casey Gibson. Both scored on passed balls by the catcher.
Alexander, who pitched for MA, had four strikeouts, gave up five hits and walked one.
It was also “Senior Appreciation Day” at Lady Patriot Field. Honored were seniors Rodgers, Alexander and Tomlinson.
Head coach Susan Rodgers, in recognizing the three young ladies, announced their statistics from ninth-12th grades.
• Rodgers – .362 batting average, .510 on-base percentage, .495, slugging percentage, .922 fielding percentage, 53 stolen bases.
• Alexander – .343 batting average, .506 on-base percentage, .402 slugging percentage; .889 fielding percentage, 70 stolen bases, 251 strikeouts from mound, 37-17 pitching record.
• Tomlinson – .432 batting average, .552 on-base percentage, .746 slugging percentage, .794 fielding percentage.
Marshall was scheduled to play Indianola Monday of this week at Lee (Clarksdale) and Lee (Ark.) on Tuesday of this week at Lee (Clarksdale). That will leave the Lady Patriots, unbeaten in district, with one district game remaining. They will play Indianola in the Carroll Tournament this Saturday, Sept. 13, and that will count in the district standings.
They visit Magnolia Heights next Monday, Sept. 15, to conclude the regular season.
The North State Tournament, which will be held at Kirk Academy in Grenada, starts Wednesday, Sept. 17.
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