Thursday, September 25, 2008
Lady Pats repeat as north champs
Last week was a huge one for the Marshall Academy softball team, and this one could be even bigger.
The Class AA Lady Patriots opened the week by skunking Class AAA rival Magnolia Heights and then proceeded to repeat as North Half champions with a three-win sweep of the tournament. This week they will also look to repeat as state champs.
On Monday, Sept. 15, MA traveled to Senatobia to face the Lady Chiefs. In the second inning, Marshall came to life scoring four runs on hits by Heather Tomlinson, Courtney Gibson, Chelsey Gilliam, Anna Roberts, and Robin Bryant. Marshall would hold on to record the 5-0 win.
“Shutting out Magnolia is a huge win for the softball program at Marshall,” coach Susan Rodgers said after the game. “Hopefully, we can take this win and carry it over to the North Half tournament and the state tournament as well.”
Lauren Alexander recorded the win on the mound with two strikeouts and allowing three hits.
On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Marshall Academy traveled to Grenada in hopes of bringing home a second straight North Half championship.
Winston Academy would be the first to fall victim to the MA Lady Patriots. Alexander got the win on the mound, recording five strikeouts and allowing four hits. Marshall’s defense would not allow Winston the opportunity to put a run on the scoreboard.
Scoring runs for Marshall were Alexander, Courtney Gibson, Traci Rodgers, Elizabeth Skelton, and Robin Bryant. Alexander, Courtney Gibson, Rodgers, Heather Tomlinson, Casey Gibson, Mallory Covington and Bryant provided the offense for Marshall to shut out the Lady Patriots of Winston Academy 7-0.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, Marshall Academy traveled back to Grenada to face district foe Indianola Academy in the semi-finals of the tournament. It was a pitcher’s duel. Alexander was on the mound for Marshall and Courtney Wilson was on the mound for Indianola.
In the fourth inning Casey Gibson received a two-out walk and Chelsey Gilliam hit a double, scoring Gibson from first. This would be the only run placed on the board and with Marshall’s stifling defense, it would prove to be enough for the win.
The Lady Colonels threatened in the sixth when they got a one-out triple but could not score after loading the bases with one out.
Marshall had a few other hits in the game by Tomlinson, Casey Gibson, Rodgers and Alexander, but could not capitalize on the bases. Alexander recorded seven strikeouts and allowed only two hits.
After defeating Indianola Academy 1-0, it was a waiting game for Marshall to see who would make it back to the championship game. Indianola Academy would earn that right.
In the championship contest, Alexander would take the mound again in hopes of clinching the North Half title. Alexander gave up a hit in the first inning and that would prove to be the only offense Indianola could provide against the arm of Alexander.
Marshall scored three times in the first as that would prove to be enough for Marshall. Alexander allowed the one hit while recording seven strikeouts in the five-inning match. Providing the offense for the Lady Patriots in the 3-0 victory were Alexander, Courtney Gibson, Rodgers and Tomlinson.
“We’re excited about repeating as North State champions, and our girls are fired up and ready to repeat as state champions, too,” Coach Rodgers said.
Marshall Academy (25-4) will travel to Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in hopes of repeating as AA state champions. The Lady Patriots will play the number four seed from the South at 10:30 a.m. They will also play another game on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
The state tournament will wrap up on Saturday, Sept. 27, with the championship match-up slated for 2 p.m.
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