Thursday, September 20, 2012
Lady Patriots in playoff hunt
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots improved to 6-1 in District 1-AA play last week with a rout of Indianola on the road.
One crucial district contest awaited on Tuesday of this week at North Delta.
They Lady Pats enter this week with a 21-5 overall record.
MA 14 Indianola 1
MA got off to a slow start Monday, Sept. 10, in Indianola.
“It wasn’t until the third inning that we finally started to hit some of the slowest pitching we had faced all year,” coach Carlton Gibson said.
The Lady Pats scored two runs in the third, four in the fourth and eight in the fifth. Getting multiple hits for Marshall were Megan Watkins, Macie McClure and Elizabeth Skelton. Adding one hit each were Kat Moore, Maura Autry and Alaken McNeer.
McNeer pitched the complete, five-inning game. She scattered five hits and gave up just one run.
Magnolia 5 Marshall 1
MA could get only three hits in the fourth meeting of the season between the two schools, this one Tuesday of last week in Senatobia.
Moore, McClure and McNeer each had a hit with McNeer driving in the only run of the night.
Darcie Gibson pitched the entire seven innings – giving up eight hits, walking two, hitting one batter and striking out two.
Washington 5 MA 3
Class AA Marshall traveled to Greenville Saturday for a doubleheader against AAA Washington School.
The first game was slow starting for the MA squad.
“Errors cost us a win,” Coach Gibson said.
Moore led the offense, going two for four. Hayleigh Mason, Gibson, McNeer and Skelton each picked up a hit.
McNeer pitched the complete, seven-inning contest. She gave up three hits, walked one and fanned one.
MA 9 Washington 8
Once again errors were costly to the Lady Patriots.
“But we managed enough offense to come out on top in this game,” coach Marcus Moore said.
The offense was led by Gibson, who was two for four at the plate. Adding a hit each were Moore, Mason, Skelton, Watkins, Autry and Alexis McGreger.
Gibson pitched the six-inning distance. She gave up six hits and one walk and also struck out one.
Marshall was scheduled to wrap up the regular season with a trip to district rival North Delta Tuesday. With a win, the Lady Patriots clinch the district championship and a spot in the North Half Tournament this weekend at Carrollton. If they lose at North Delta, they’re in a three-way tie with North Delta and Carroll. The tiebreaker would be used to determine the order of finish. The top two move on to North Half.
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