Thursday, August 12, 2010
MA downs Lee, drops three
By BARRY BURLESON
A young Marshall Academy softball team started the growing process in week one of the season.
The Lady Patriots opened 1-3 but saw steady improvement from the first game to the fourth.
“We are getting better each game,” coach Susan Rodgers said. “A big part of the learning process is learning to work together and to communicate. We have several players in new positions and it will take us a few games to pull it together.”
The Class AA Lady Pats started the new campaign Tuesday of last week with a 20-0 loss to a Class AAA power Washington.
They next visited Hebron Thursday and fell 6-1.
The score was knotted at 1 until the fourth inning.
“It was a very good game,” Rodgers said. “We played well.”
Pitcher Mallary Covington gave up just four hits in taking the loss and “pitched much better,” according to the coach.
Kat Moore went two for three at the plate. Also getting a hit each in the game were Chelsey Gilliam and Darcie Gibson.
The MA girls celebrated their first win of the season at the Kirk Tournament over the weekend. They knocked off Class AAA foe Clarksdale Lee 7-2.
Leading the offense were Moore and Gilliam, who combined for five hits. Also getting a hit each were Covington and Allie Smith.
Covington gave up three hits and struck out four in earning the mound win.
The Lady Patriots then battled hard against a talented Kirk squad in the tourney before losing 6-3.
“We played well against a very good Kirk team who is expected to win our conference and who has a very good pitcher,” Coach Rodgers said. “Everyone in our batting order put the ball in play and that was a big improvement.”
Covington gave up eight hits and had five strikeouts.
Gilliam and Covington connected for two hits each.
The Lady Patriots visited Washington Monday of this week and Tunica Tuesday. They go to Marvell Thursday.
MA then plays home games Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 16 and 17, versus Tunica and Kirk, respectively. The games start at 4 p.m.
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