Thursday, August 20, 2009
Lady Pats go 5-0 for week
The Marshall Academy softball team enjoyed an unbeaten week.
The Lady Patriots went 5-0 last week and upped their season record to 6-4.
MA opened the week with an 18-0 rout of West Memphis Christian.
Casey Gibson was the winning pitcher with seven strikeouts, and giving up one hit and one walk.
Big hitters for Marshall with two hits each were Chelsey Gilliam, Casey Gibson and Elizabeth Skelton.
The Lady Patriots then knocked off Hebron Christian in extra innings, 7-6.
Winning pitcher Casey Gibson gave up eight hits and four walks and struck out five.
Big hitters for Marshall with one hit each were Courtney Gibson, Gilliam, Anna Roberts, Casey Gibson, Mallary Covington and Skelton.
“This was our first time to ever play this 1A school from Pheba,” coach Susan Rodgers said. “It was great competition.”
MA then traveled to Clarksdale to participate in a round robin with Lee (Miss.), Lee (Ark.) and Greenville Christian.
In game one, Marshall Academy cruised past Lee (Ark.) 10-1.
Casey Gibson was the winning pitcher with seven strikeouts, no walks and no hits. The only run allowed was on an error.
Casey Gibson led the offense, getting two hits, one of which was a triple with the bases loaded. Then she was able to score on a throw that was off the mark at home plate. She called it a “grand slam!” Kat Moore also got a hit in the bal game.
In game two of the tournament, the Lady Patriots won 2-1 over the host school.
Winning pitcher Mallory Covington had two strikeouts, plus gave up two hits and two walks.
“Lee (Miss.) has a pitcher that throws a lot slower than we are used to and our hitting suffered,” Coach Rodgers said. “We could not slow our bats down.”
The only offense came when sixth grader Hannah Pasco hit the ball to the shorstop, who fumbled the ball. Then Maura Jane Autry laid down the sacrifice bunt which was also mishandled, putting runners on first and secnd. Senior Casey Gibson came to the plate next and hit a single up the middle to score the runners.
In the third game at Clarksdale, MA turned back Greenville Christian 1-0.
The winning pitcher was Casey Gibson, who threw a one-hitter, with six strikeouts and two walks
“This was a hard-fought game and our defense really stepped up and played well,” Rodgers said.
The game was tied at the end of regulation. It advanced to extra innings with the batting team starting with base-runner on second (the player who was last at bat in the prevous inning).
Greenville Christian batted first with its runner on second. The first batter bunted to move the runner, the next batter popped out to the MA catcher, Moore, and the third batter struck out.
The Lady Patriots started with their runner on second, which was Casey Gibson.
The next batter was Courtney Gibson, who laid down the bunt to move the runner into better scoring position. The next batter, Gilliam, came to plate. On her last at bat she had hit the fence so Greenville Christian was playing her deep.
Coach Rodgers who had her senior Gibson on third, called for Gilliam to lay down the bunt and told Gibson to score. Gilliam and Gibson did their jobs and MA won the game.
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