Thursday, September 1, 2011
Lady Patriots defeat three
By BARRY BURLESON
It was a week to remember for the Marshall Academy softball team.
The Lady Patriots knocked off the District 1-AA leader, another conference rival and big school Magnolia Heights last week to improve to 16-5 on the season.
MA vs. Carroll
A young Marshall team stunned district-leading Carroll 8-2 Monday, Aug. 22, in Holly Springs.
Darcie Gibson got the start in the circle. In the first inning, the Lady Rebels scored a run on an error and a hit.
MA pushed two across the plate in the bottom of the first to go up 2-1.
The Lady Pats sent the top of their order to the plate in the bottom of the third and scored three more. Kat Moore walked; Maura Autry reached on a error; then Elizabeth Skelton and Caitlyn Brooks each got a hit to push runs across.
Gibson continued to shut down Carroll in the top of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, Alexis McGreger and Moore earned walks and three runs crossed the plate off hits by Autry, Chelsey Gilliam and Gibson.
In the top of the fifth, Carroll led off with two hits, and Gibson handed the ball off to McGregor, who recorded the final three outs of the game to earn her first save of the year. MA won by six.
“Darcie pitched well against an older group of girls,” coach Marcus Moore said, “and then Alexis coming in and changing speeds really helped keep the Carroll offense off balance.”
MA vs. Kirk
For the third time this season, MA faced conference foe Kirk and easily handled the Lady Raiders 19-4.
Kirk issued 16 walks to Marshall batters.
Gibson was the starting pitcher and gave up five walks and two hits, while striking out two.
The MA offense was led by Kat Moore, who was a perfect three for three, and Hanna Pasco, who hit two doubles and drove in five runs.
MA vs. Mag. Heights
The Class AA Lady Pats capped the successful week with a 7-5 win in Senatobia over Class AAA Magnolia Heights.
“This was a huge win for our program,” Coach Moore said. “We are proud of the girls. They keep improving and that is all we can ask. Our goal is to make the playoffs and we are working to make that happen.”
Skelton started in the circle versus the Lady Chiefs.
The Lady Patriots scored in the first inning off a two-out, solo home run over the centerfield fence by Gilliam, the team’s only senior. They pushed another run across in the second when Autry got a two-out hit and Gilliam connected for a double, her third hit of the day.
Magnolia Heights scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth off three hits, one walk and an error.
In the top of the sixth, Skelton handed the ball off to relief pitcher McGregor. The Lady Chiefs got another run after a hit batter, a hit and an error.
With the score 6-5 going into the top of the sixth, MA added one more run off hits by Moore and Skelton.
McGregor remained in the circle and shut the Lady Chiefs’ offense down in the final two innings to earn her second save of the year.
The Lady Patriots hosted West Memphis Monday and visited Carroll Tuesday. Next Tuesday, Sept. 6, they visit Indianola for a 4 p.m. contest.
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