September 29, 2011
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots are state tournament bound.
MA finished second in District 1-AA and then placed fourth in the North AA Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament at Carrollton.
The Class AA State Tournament will be played Saturday, Oct. 1, and Monday, Oct. 3, at Liberty Park in Flowood.
Marshall will meet the number one seed from the South in its first game Saturday at 9 a.m.
It is the Lady Pats’ first trip to state since 2008, when they won their second straight state championship.
The MA roster includes one senior, no juniors, two sophomores, three freshmen, one eighth grader, three seventh graders and two sixth graders.
N. Delta 7 MA 2
The Lady Patriots once again had trouble getting hits against North Delta Tuesday, Sept. 20, in a game for the district crown.
They had just four hits at Batesville. Getting singles were Alexis McGreger, Darcie Gibson and Elizabeth Skelton. The team’s only senior, Chelsey Gilliam, hit a two-run home run.
North Delta got off to a good start in the bottom of the first and set the tone. The Green Wave got three hits off starter Darcie Gibson. Those, along with a walk, hit-by-a-pitch and an error allowed North Delta to score five in the first.
“After that we settled down and played much better,” coach Marcus Moore said.
Gibson pitched the complete six innings and gave up five hits and three walks and struck out one.
“I think the nerves of playing for a district championship got the best of our young team,” Moore said.
Canton 9 MA 0
The Lady Patriots entered the North Half Tournament Saturday and had to face Canton, the number two seed from District 2-AA, in their first game.
Gibson started in the circle and pitched three innings of the six-inning game. She gave up five hits, one walk and five earned runs. McGreger threw in relief. She pitched two innings, giving up three walks, one hit and three earned runs. Skelton finished the game in the circle. She pitched to four batters before time expired – giving up two walks and striking out one.
MA never got the bats going. Getting hits were Kat Moore, Maura Autry and Skelton.
MA 9 Prairie View 1
The Lady Pats next had to play in a loser-go-home, winner-go-to-state game and stepped up the challenge.
Prairie View Academy was the number two seed from District 3-AA.
Things started very shaky as they committed three errors in the first inning that cost them a run.
“But after a pep talk, the team settled down and got down to business,” Coach Moore said.
MA tied the game in the second and scored one more in the fourth to take the lead for good. The bats really warmed up in the fifth as the Lady Pats batted through the order.
The highlight of the game was two home runs by Gilliam, coming in consecutive turns at bat.
“She took charge at the plate,” Moore said.
Winning pitcher Gibson threw all six innings. She gave up three hits, no earned runs and one walk.
“It was a huge win – securing our young team a spot in the state playoffs,” Coach Moore said.
North Delta 16 MA 1
“There is not much to say about this one, except we just fell apart,” he said.
One again, MA struggled at the plate with only three hits Getting a hit each in the game were Moore, Autry and Skelton.
McGreger started in the circle and Skelton pitched in relief. Moore said both had trouble finding the strike zone. Gibson then went to the circle in the second inning and after a slow start, finally settled in and finished the game. The pitchers issued 11 walks, which was hard to recover from, the coach said.
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