August 7, 2014
No. 1 ranking
Softball season is off to a good start for Marshall Academy.
The Class A Lady Patriots girls went 3-1 opening week, including a road win over Class AAA Heritage Academy in Columbus.
Pitcher Darcie Gibson had a career high 13 strikeouts in the 5-0 victory over Heritage on Tuesday of last week. She gave up three hits and walked one.
She and Kat Moore powered the offense. Gibson was three for three from the plate and Moore two of three.
Picking up one hit each were Maura Jane Autry, Hailey McMinn and Alexis McGreger.
The Lady Patriots then swept Hebron Christian Thursday at home, 14-2 and 13-1.
Gibson pitched both games, scattering four hits while recording 12 strikeouts.
In game one, Arin Leigh Valentine carried the hot bat for Marshall, going two for two with a walk. Autry, McGreger and Moore also had a hit each.
In game two, Gibson, Autry and Hannah Pasco were each two for three from the batter’s box. Bailey Easley and Sarah Jackson also picked up a hit each.
Saturday, the Lady Pats traveled to Cleveland for the Bayou Tournament.
They were pitted against the host Lady Colts, the defending Class AA state champions, and fell 2-1.
At the end of regulation, the contest was tied at 1.
“Defensively, we played very well,” coach Carlton Gibson said. “We held a huge scoring team to two runs.”
McGreger got MA’s only hit.
“We have to be able to produce more runs,” coach Marcus Moore said.
“Darcie (Gibson) did a great job of keeping them off balance.
“If we can play with them (the Bayou Lady Colts), we can play with any team in the MAIS.”
The second game of the day against Cenla was cancelled due to rain.
In the latest rankings released Monday of this week, for softball teams in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, Marshall is ranked number one in Class A and Bayou number one in Class AA.
The Lady Patriots visited Marvell, Ark., Monday and Lee, Ark., Tuesday to start District 1-A play. They will play in the North Delta Tournament Saturday, Aug. 9. Next Monday, Aug. 11, they will travel to DeSoto, Ark.
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