Thursday, August 4, 2011
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots are off to a 4-0 start on the softball diamond.
MA played in the Magnolia Heights Round Robin last weekend.
In the first game the Lady Patriots, a Class AA team, faced Class AAA Lee (Clarksdale).
“We did not play them last year so we really had no idea what to expect from them,” coach Carlton Gibson said.
Sophomore Elizabeth Skelton started in the circle for MA, getting the team’s first win on the year, 9-7. She pitched three innings, giving up three hits and seven walks and striking out four. Seventh grader Darcie Gibson pitched in relief, giving up one hit and two walks, and striking out two to record the save.
Getting hits for the Lady Pats were Skelton, Hannah Pasco, Caitlyn Brooks and Hailey McMinn.
In game 2 Marshall met Lee (Ark.). Sophomore Samantha Paris, a newcomer to the squad, got the start in the circle. She threw three innings in the 9-5 victory – giving up no hits and three walks. Gibson went in in relief of Paris in the fourth and gave up no hits and one walk. McMinn, a seventh grader, pitched in the fifth inning, giving up two hits and four walks and striking out one. Gibson returned to the game to close it out. She struck out the last two batters.
Getting hits for MA were Maura Autry, Kat Moore, Chelsey Gilliam, Skelton, Pasco and McMinn.
The Lady Patriots collided with rival Kirk in game 3.
“We faced district foe Kirk, who is struggling after the loss of their long-time pitcher to graduation last year,” Gibson said.
Kirk issued 14 walks to MA batters to help the Lady Pats to a big lead quickly. Skelton got the start in the circle as Marshall recorded the 15-1 win. She pitched one inning, giving up one hit, striking out two and walking one. Paris tossed in relief, giving up no hits and getting three strikeouts.
Leading the offense were Moore, Pasco, Brooks, Alexis McGregor, and Skelton.
Game 4 of the weekend was against Delta. Gibson pitched a complete game no-hitter in the 15-0 win over the Lady Raiders. She gave up four walks and had four strikeouts in the three innings of work.
Leading the offense were Moore, Gilliam, Skelton, Pasco and McGregor.
“Overall we were proud of the team effort last weekend,” Coach Gibson said. “Our offensive production was great. Our pitching staff is inexperienced and we will need the run support to help get the wins we need this year. It was a great way to start off the year.”
The Lady Patriots faced Heritage and Hebron Monday and Tuesday of this week on the road. They will play in the Kirk Tournament next weekend. Their first home game is next Monday, Aug. 8, at 4 p.m. versus Lee (Clarksdale).
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