Thursday, August 13, 2009
Marshall wins opener, drops next four
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots opened their 2009 season last week with a 9-3 victory over Marvell Academy.
With several new faces in the line-up the Lady Patriots travelled to Brinkley, Ark., to face the Lady Eagles.
Seventh grader Kat Moore started the Lady Pats’ offensive attack with a lead-off single, followed by a sacrifice bunt from senior Courtney Gibson. Chelsey Gilliam drove in those two runs with an outfield single.
Casey Gibson, Maura Jane Autry and Elizabeth Skelton added three more hits in the inning and the Lady Patriots were up 3-0 in the first.
Later, in the fourth inning, sophomore first baseman Gilliam hit a triple over the left fielder’s head and scored on a throwing error. Senior Casey Gibson reached on a walk and was moved into scoring position on a beautiful sacrifice bunt by Autry. Also adding to the Lady Pats offensively was Anna Roberts with a single in the game.
Leading the Lady Patriots from the mound was Casey Gibson. She had eight strikeouts, no walks and gave up two hits.
On Thursday, the Lady Patriots faced four time Class A state champions from Cleveland, the Bayou Lady Colts. The Lady Patriots’ youth and inexperience proved to be costly as the Lady Colts soundly defeated the Marshall Lady Patriots 11-0 and 10-0 in an afternoon doubleheader.
“I knew we were going to have our hands full with Bayou, playing them so early in the season,” said coach Susan Rodgers, “but I have always said that you have to play the best to become the best.
“In playing a team of this caliber so early in the season the teams’ weaknesses show up now and we have time to work on them and get people in the right positions for later down the road.”
Junior Mallary Covington came in and pitched the first game and did a good job on the mound, according to Rodgers, with three strikeouts and three walks and she gave up seven hits.
Covington also pitched the second game, and with some defensive changes in the line-up. Coach Rodgers said the Lady Patriots faired some better with not as many errors, and people in some more comfortable positions.
“We know we have to make a lot of improvements in several places and we are working hard to get better,” she said.
Over the weekend the Lady Patriots travelled to Grenada to play in the Kirk Invitational to face Bayou Academy again for the third time in two days. The Lady Pats were defeated 9-0 on Friday.
The Lady Patriots dropped to the losers’ bracket to face the Magnolia Heights Lady Chiefs Saturday. Even though the team’s ego was somewhat battered and bruised after playing Bayou three straight games, they brought a better game to the Lady Chiefs, Rodgers said.
Moore, Gilliam, Roberts and Casey Gibson all had hits in the game. On the mound Casey Gibson had five strikeouts, two walks and gave up three hits. The Lady Patriots were defeated 5-3.
“I thought we played a lot better in the game on Saturday,” Rodgers said. “We cut down the errors and made some routine plays that we hadn’t been making earlier in the week.
“Now we have to get to work offensively and get some runs on the board. Overall, I was pleased with the effort on Saturday and hope we can continue to improve in all facets of the game this week.”
The MA girls hosted West Memphis Monday. They host Hebron Christian Thursday at 4 p.m. Saturday, they face Lee (Miss.), Greenville Christian School and Lee (Ark.) at Clarksdale, starting at 10 a.m.
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