Thursday, August 19, 2010
Lady Pats beat Tunica, Marvell
What a difference a week makes.
The Marshall Academy softball team traveled to Washington School August 9 to play the Class AAA powerhouse for the second time in seven days. This time around the Lady Patriots lost a hard-fought, 7-4 battle compared to a 20-0 loss in the season opener.
In the top of the first, MA started off with hits from Kat Moore, Chelsey Gilliam, Elizabeth Skelton and Mallary Covington to take a 2-0 lead.
Covington, from the mound, shut down Washington in the bottom half of the first.
Marshall added two more in the second with hits once again from Moore and Gilliam.
Washington scored one in the bottom of the second.
In the top of the third, MA’s Darcie Gibson got a one-out hit but was left stranded.
Washington added another run in the bottom of the third.
In the top of the fourth, Gilliam and Skelton each got hits but were left on the bags.
Covington shut down the home team in the bottom of the fourth.
The Lady Patriots led 4-2 entering the final inning.
MA got no runs in the top of the fifth. In the bottom, two Marshall errors followed by two Washington hits tied the game. Then with two runners on base, a Washington hitter nailed a home run to provide the winning margin.
“We were really excited to play them that close after they had dominated us the week before,” said Susan Rodgers, head coach of the Lady Pats.
The Marshall girls then traveled to Tunica August 10 and left with a 9-1 victory
Covington “pitched great,” Rodgers said. She gave up no hits, walked two and struck out two. Skelton threw in relief – giving up one hit and two walks and striking out two.
Getting hits in the MA win were Moore, Maura Autry, Gilliam, Skelton, Covington, Gibson, Hannah Pasco, Caitlyn Brooks and Blake Martin.
The Lady Patriots ended the week’s competition Thursday with a 9-0 win over Marvell.
Covington pitched a complete game – giving up five hits, striking out six and walking none.
Moore led the offense. She was three for three with a home run.
“We have continued to improve,” Coach Rodgers said, “and I am pleased with how we are coming together as a team.
“We start district play this week and I hope we can continue the improvement.”
The Class AA Lady Pats (3-4) hosted Class A Tunica Monday and then played district rival Kirk Tuesday at home.
They host district foe North Delta Thursday at 4 p.m. and then play in the Starkville College Exposure Tournament Saturday.
Next week district play continues. MA hosts West Memphis Monday, Aug. 23, at 4 p.m. and then visits Kirk Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m.
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