Thursday, August 11, 2011
MA girls go 2-2 for week
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots made it five wins in a row to open the season before losing to Lee (Clarksdale) in the Kirk Tournament.
MA enters this week with a 6-2 early-season mark.
MA 11-Heritage 5
Marshall traveled to Columbus August 1 to play Heritage for the first time in the history of the Lady Patriots’ program.
MA got off to a good start and was able to push two runs across the plate in the top of the first. MA added three runs in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Getting hits for the Lady Patriots were Maura Autry, Kat Moore, Chelsey Gilliam, Darcie Gibson, Hannah Pasco and Alexis McGregor.
Elizabeth Skelton got the start on the mound, went five innings and “pitched her best game of the year,” according to coach Marcus Moore.
She had six strikeouts and two walks and gave up two hits. Gibson came in the sixth – recording two strikeouts and one walk and giving up one hit to get the save.
Kirk Tournament Lee 3-MA 2
“We were sluggish going into this game and were just never able to get anything going,” Coach Moore said about the tournament opener Saturday. “We struggled at the plate and did not get the offensive production that we needed.”
Getting MA’s only three hits came off the bats of Autry, Gilliam and Caitlyn Brooks.
Skelton got the start in the circle. In three innings, she issued five walks, two strikeouts and three hits. Gibson entered in relief with the score tied at 2. She issued two walks and then Lee (Clarksdale) was able to get a hit to push across the winning run. Gibson suffered her first loss of the year.
MA 14-Calhoun 2
Being put in the losers’ bracket after the first game of the tournament, MA battled back for a win against Calhoun.
Samantha Paris got the start in the circle. She issued seven walks and gave up two hits to earn the victory. Getting hits for Marshall were Skelton, Gilliam, Brooks, Hailey McMinn and Gibson.
N. Delta 12-MA 5
After an already long day in the heat the Lady Patriots did not have a good showing against district foe North Delta, Coach Moore said.
MA, the visiting team, was able to push one run across in the top of the first. North Delta scored five in the bottom of the first. MA did not score in the second but the Lady Green Wave was able to take advantage of a tired Marshall pitching staff and after the Lady Pats issued five walks in the second, North Delta was able to score seven runs.
The MA bats did make a comeback in the third. thanks to a triple by Moore and a double by Gilliam to help the Lady Patriots score four runs.
Skelton pitched one inning – giving up four walks and four hits. Gibson and Paris pitched the 2nd inning, combining for five walks and two hits.
The Lady Pats were slated to host Lee (Clarksdale) Monday and then visit Lee (Ark.) Tuesday. They go to West Memphis Thursday at 4 and play in the Lee (Clarksdale) Round Robin Saturday. Next Tuesday, Aug 16, MA visits Kirk at 5 p.m.
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