Thursday, October 4, 2012
Marshall drops first game at state
Marshall Academy played game one at the Class AA State Tournament Saturday before the heavy rainfall hit.
The Lady Patriots, third from the North, lost by five to Sylva Bay Academy, second from the South.
The state tourney, a double-elimination event held in Flowood (near Jackson), was scheduled to resume on Wednesday of this week.
Sylva Bay 12 MA 7
Marshall started out with two runs in the top of the first. Kat Moore singled; Hayleigh Mason doubled to score Moore; and Darcie Gibson singled to score Mason.
Sylva Bay answered with three runs off two hits and an error.
MA did not score in the second, while the Lady Saints scored two in that inning.
The Lady Pats pushed one more across in the third when Mason reached on an error, Gibson singled to move her to third, and Alaken McNeer singled to score the run.
The third inning was costly for MA. Sylva Bay would send 10 batters to the plate. The first batter popped out to the shortstop, then the next six singled, which allowed five runs to score.
Marshall trailed 10-3.
MA kept fighting and added two more in the fourth. Moore walked; Mason reached on an error; and Macie McClure connected for a double to score those two.
The Lady Saints answered with two in the fourth off a hit and an error.
Marshall got its final two in the fifth when Alexis McGreger drew the walk, Moore singled and Maura Jane Autry singled to score those two.
McNeer pitched two and a third innings, giving up 11 hits and allowing eight earned runs. Gibson went to the circle in relief – pitching two and two-thirds innings and giving up two hits and allowing one earned run.
Leading up to the state tournament, MA reached the semi-finals at the North State Tournament in Carrollton before dropping two games on Monday, Sept. 24.
Leake 8 MA 2
For the second time this season, MA went up against maybe the best pitcher in the state from Leake.
“We felt like the girls were much more prepared to face this pitcher than we were the first time,” coach Carlton Gibson said. “Every player in the line-up at least put the ball in play.”
Moore went two for three with an inside-the-park home run to center and a single. Gibson picked up a double to left and McNeer got a single.
Going into the fifth inning, it was a 3-2 game. Then Leake’s bats went to work and scored five in the last two innings.
McNeer pitched the complete game – giving up 11 hits and allowing seven earned runs.
Canton 6 MA 2
“After playing Leake as well as we did for five innings, there wasn’t a lot of energy left for Canton,” Coach Gibson said.
Moore led the offense, going two for two. She was also walked twice. Autry, Mason and Elizabeth Skelton each singled and Gibson doubled.
McNeer pitched the complete game – giving up seven hits and five earned runs.
The Lady Patriots returned to Flowood Wednesday for their next game in the state tournament with a 23-8 record.
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