Thursday, September 18, 2008
MA wins third straight district championship
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots captured their third straight District 1-AA championship last weekend by defeating rival Indianola Academy.
While competing in the Carroll Tournament, the Lady Patriots used a pool game to play a make-up game (originally rained out) versus the Lady Colonels.
Lauren Alexander got the 5-2 win on the mound. Alexander put up seven strikeouts while allowing only three hits.
Offensively, Heather Tomlinson’s double to the fence and Anna Roberts’ run-batted-in put the Patriots on the board early in the second inning. Some key hits by Robin Bryant, Alexander and Courtney Gibson put runners in scoring position and a stand-up double by Traci Rodgers brought in three runs for the Lady Patriots. A sac fly by Tomlinson brought in Rodgers for the Lady Patriots’ fifth run of the game.
Coach Susan Rodgers said the Lady Pats played good, steady defense behind the pitcher, Alexander.
In the second pool game of the Saturday tournament, the Lady Patriots faced the Lady Waves of North Delta. Some hard hitting and several North Delta errors put Marshall on the board in the top of the first, 4-0. The Lady Pats went on to score one in the third and three more in the fourth to get the 8-3 win.
Tomlinson led the way for Marshall with a single and a three-RBI double. Casey Gibson, Alexander, Rodgers and Bryant each contributed a hit in the win.
In the final game of the day, the Lady Patriots soundly defeated the Lady Stars from Winona Christian 14-2.
Casey Gibson got the win on the mound for MA, gathering six strikeouts and giving up only one hit. Mallory Covington also pitched and collected three strikeouts and allowed one hit in one inning of work.
Again, Tomlinson led the team with two hits. Alexander, Courtney Gibson, Rodgers, Roberts and Bryant contributed to the cause with hits as well.
The defending state champions (21-4 overall and 10-0 in district) will head to Kirk Academy in Grenada this week to play in the North AAA Tournament Wednesday and Saturday.
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