Thursday, August 25, 2011
Lady Pats go 2-3 for week
The Marshall Academy softball team began District 1-AA play last week with a win over Kirk and a loss to North Delta.
They also went 1-2 in the Starkville Tournament.
MA 20 Kirk 14
The Lady Pats got off to a rough start Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Grenada. They scored two runs in the top of the first and appeared to be in control but Kirk was able to push eight runs across in the bottom of the first.
Elizabeth Skelton started on the mound and “got off to a rocky start,” according to coach Marcus Moore. She was relieved by Darcie Gibson, who got the third out of the inning.
MA scored five and cut it to 8-7 in the top of the second but then the Lady Raiders got six more runs in the bottom off Gibson, who Coach Moore said “had struggles herself.”
Then with the time limit running out, he said his team’s offense “came to life.”
The Lady Pats pushed across 13 runs in the top of the third to go up 20-14. Gibson shut down the Kirk offense in the bottom of the third.
Kat Moore had three hits and five runs-batted-in to lead Marshall’s offense.
North Delta 4 MA 0
Marshall could muster just one hit off conference-rival North Delta Thursday at home.
Gibson pitched the entire seven innings.
“She pitched good enough to get the win but our offense could not find a way to score,” Coach Moore sad.
North Delta scored its first two runs on MA errors in the second and third innings.
Marshall threatened in the third, getting the first two batters on base. But the Lady Wave turned a rare triple play off a ball hit by Kat Moore to end the scoring threat.
Caitlyn Brooks had MA’s only hit of the contest.
North Delta led off the seventh with a hit and after a couple of MA errors, the visitors were able to put two more runs on the board.
Gibson gave up four hits and four walks in the loss.
MA traveled to Starkville Saturday to take on the number one team in Class A, the number one team in Class AAA and the number three team in Class AAA.
“We knew we had our hands full going into this tournament,” Coach Moore said. “Our goal was to compete.”
First up, Marshall faced Class A Bayou, which has won five straight state championships.
The Lady Pats hung with the Lady Colts for four innings before falling 8-0.
Gibson took the mound loss. The offense was led by Kat Moore and Chelsey Gilliam, each with two hits.
Next up was undefeated Copiah Academy. MA lost 19-2 to the top team in Class AAA.
“All we can say is they are real good,” Moore said.
The only hits for the Lady Pats came from Gibson, Gilliam and Hailey McMinn. Skelton suffered the pitching loss.
In the nightcap, the Lady Pats defeated Class AAA Washington School 4-3.
Samantha Paris got the start and “pitched a really good game,” Moore said.
MA led 1-0 thanks to an inside-the-park home run from Moore. That lead held until the fifth when Washington tied the game. The Lady Generals took the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth.
With time expiring the Lady Pats had to get three runs to win. Gilliam led off with a single. Skelton followed with a grounder to the second baseman, who bobbled the ball, allowing her to reach. With runners at first and second and no outs, Gibson bunted to move the runners. With two runners in scoring position, McMinn came up and hit the ball along the third-base line. Washington players watched for it to roll foul, but the ball came to rest on the chalk. The bases were loaded. Next, Brooks ripped a single to score Gilliam and Skelton. Then, Hannah Pasco came to the plate with one out and McMinn on third. Pasco hit the ball to second base to score McMinn for the winning run.
“We felt like we accomplished things in each game, even though the score might not reflect it,” Coach Moore.
The Lady Pats, 13-5 overall, hosted Carroll Monday and Kirk Tuesday. They go to Magnolia Heights Thursday at 4 p.m. Next Monday, Aug. 29, they host West Memphis at 4 p.m. and then they travel to Carroll next Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m.
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