Thursday, September 15, 2011
Marshall clinches playoff spot
The Marshall Academy softball team earned a berth in the playoffs last week after falling short the last two seasons.
“Our goal at the beginning of the season was to make the playoffs,” coach Marcus Moore said. “I just hope the girls can stay focused and not be happy with just getting there.”
MA 8 Indianola 0
The Lady Patriots visited Indianola on Tuesday, Sept. 6, with a chance to secure the playoff spot and they did just that with the shutout victory over the District 1-AA foe.
Darcie Gibson got the start in the circle. She pitched a complete, six-inning game, allowing only two hits, giving up three walks and recording three strikeouts.
“Our defense played solid behind her,” Moore said. “We had a couple of miscues but nothing that caused us to give up runs. They had base runners in five of the six innings but the girls stayed focused.”
The MA bats were steady throughout the lineup. Kat Moore got a triple, with Chelsey Gilliam and Hailey McMinn each getting a double in the game. Getting a single each were Maura Autry, Elizabeth Skelton, Gibson and Hannah Pasco.
MA 8 Heritage 3
Elizabeth Skelton started in the circle. She gave up three hits, issued six walks and recorded three strikouts in four innings of work.
Gibson entered in relief, giving up one hit, issuing two walks and recording three strikeouts in two innings of work.
Pasco, Skelton and Moore led the offense with two hits each.
On Saturday, the Lady Patriots visited Carroll for a tournament.
“We knew we had an uphill fight because our senior, first baseman, Chelsey Gilliam, was out taking the ACT,” Coach Moore said. “Chelsey not only leads our team with her defense and offense, she is the team motivator for these younger girls. So without her we took the field for game one.”
Carroll 5 MA 3
“We hung with them and competed for whole game and had our chances to win,” Moore said.
The highlight was a solo shot over the center field fence by Moore, her first-ever, out-of-the-park home run.
“Elizabeth (Skelton) pitched the complete game and did a good job,” he said.
Bayou 7 MA 0
“We just gave this game away in the first inning,” Coach Moore said.
Gibson started in the circle and struggled to find the strike zone, he said.
Alexis McGreger came in in relief and “pitched really well,” he said.
The Lady Patriot offense never came to life, as the girls could only muster two hits.
MA 9 Kirk 5
McGreger started in the circle and pitched well,” Coach Moore said.
Kirk issued nine walks in the three innings, and the Marshall offense made the most of those opportunities.
The Lady Patriots (21-7 on the season) hosted Indianola Academy on Monday of this week and Magnolia Heights on Tuesday. They travel to North Delta next Tuesday, Sept. 20, with the district championship on the line in the season’s final regular season contest.
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