Thursday, September 8, 2011
Win lifts MA to tie atop conference
The Marshall Academy softball team moved into a tie atop the conference last week with a huge road win at Carroll.
MA vs. Carroll
The Lady Patriots came up with clutch hits and a strong pitching performance to down the Lady Rebels 9-2 August 30.
The win pushed MA into a first place tie in District 1-AA with North Delta.
Coach Marcus Moore said he and coach Carlton Gibson are proud of the team’s hard work.
“These girls are really coming together,” he said.
The Lady Pats picked up two runs in the top of the first at Carroll off hits by Kat Moore and Chelsey Gilliam.
In the bottom of the first, Carroll got three hits off starting pitcher Darcie Gibson, but MA was able to limit the damage to just one run.
Marshall added to its lead in the second. Hannah Pasco and Alexis McGregor reached base on errors, and again Moore and Gilliam came through, connecting for hits to push across three runs for a 5-1 advantage.
Gibson shut down the Carroll offense in the second, third and fourth innings.
The Lady Patriots put two more runs on the board in the fourth when Moore and Maura Autry reached on errors and Elizabeth Skelton followed with a big hit.
The Lady Rebels added one more run in the bottom of the fifth on two walks and an error.
In the top of the sixth, Moore and Autry each got a hit. Then Gilliam laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into score position. That’s when Skelton came through again with a clutch hit that scored two more runs.
The Lady Pats did not let Carroll score in the bottom of the final inning.
Gibson pitched a complete game, scattering five hits, while walking four and striking out two.
“Darcie did what we needed her to do,” Coach Moore said. “She threw strikes and let the defense play behind her.”
MA vs. W. Memphis
The Marshall bats came to life in a 16-1 win over West Memphis August 29.
Seven Lady Patriots got hits in the game.
Getting multiple hits were Moore, Gibson and Pasco.
Gilliam blasted a home run over the left field fence in the fourth inning.
Gibson started in the circle. In three innings of work, she gave up three hits, walked two and struck out two.
Sam Paris entered in the fourth as a relief pitcher. She gave up one hit and two walks.
The Lady Patriots visited district foe Indianola Tuesday of this week. They will play in the Carroll Tournament Saturday. Next Monday, Sept. 12, they host Indianola at 4 p.m., and next Tuesday, Sept. 13, they host Magnolia Heights at 4 p.m.
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