Thursday, August 27, 2009
MA girls win two in tourney
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots lost a tight softball game to district rival Kirk early last week but bounced back to win two of three in the Starkville Tournament.
MA vs. Kirk
Pitcher Casey Gibson gave up five hits, allowing 2 runs, as MA fell in a close-fought game 2-1 at Kirk Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Kirk scored first in the fourth inning on a leadoff triple, followed by a single to right.
Marshall was finally able to put a run on the board in the sixth when Courtney Gibson got a two-out single to left field. Then Chelsey Gilliam came to the plate and hit a double to center field to score Gibson.
At the end of regulation the score was tied at 1-1.
In extra innings the Lady Patriots started off with Maura Autry at second and was unable to get that run across the plate.
In the bottom of the inning Kirk started off with a runner at second, too. The next batter got a single but the runner on third was picked off as she tried to advance to third. The next batter popped up to Mallary Covington at first. So with two outs and a runner on second, the next batter delivered a hit to centerfield and scored the Kirk runner to win the game.
The Class 2A Lady Patriots got the upset of Class 3A Madison Ridgeland Academy, 6-2.
After a 90-minute delay due to wet fields, Marshall finally took the field to take on MRA.
All of the MA offense came in the third inning. Mariah Covington led off the inning with a blooper hit over the shortstop’s head. The next batter, Autry, hit the ball down the third base line and the defense waited on it to roll foul but it stayed in fair territory and the Lady Patriots had runners on first and second with no outs.
Leadoff batter Casey Gibson stepped to the plate and ripped a double to left center, scoring Covington and Autry. Courtney Gibson came up next and got a hit, scoring her sister. Gilliam got a hit to score Courtney Gibson. With one out, Kat Moore came to the plate and got a hit, scoring Gilliam.
The next Marshall batter stepped to the plate with one out. MRA recorded the strikeout and thought it was three outs and started to leave the field. MA’s Moore, who was on second, kept her head in the game and scored while MRA players were walking off the field.
After the umpires informed MRA there were only two outs, Elizabeth Skelton positioned herself in the batter’s box and hit another single for the Lady Patriots.
MA had six hits in the inning to score its six runs.
Casey Gibson was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and two walks, and she had one strikeout.
“Our defense played really well behind her,” coach Susan Rodgers said.
Marshall Academy next knocked off Benton, 7-4.
Casey Gibson was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts.
Big hitters for Marshall were Casey Gibson and Moore with two hits each. Adding one hit each were Courtney Gibson, Gilliam and Autry.
The nightcap for MA was against Class 3A host Starkville Academy and the Lady Patriots lost 8-0.
The only hit for MA in the game came when Courtney Gibson laid down a bunt with no runners on and beat out the throw.
Starkville had a pitcher that threw in the mid 60s and a tired MA team had trouble catching up with the pitching, Coach Rodgers said.
Casey Gibson was the losing pitcher, allowing six hits and walking two.
The Lady Patriots (8-6) were scheduled to visit West Memphis Monday and host Kirk Tuesday. They travel to Magnolia Heights Thursday for a 4 p.m. match-up and play at Indianola next Monday, Aug. 31, at 4 p.m.
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