Thursday, September 12, 2013
Lady Pats clinch district crown
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Lady Patriots clinched the District 1-A softball championship last week by blasting Lee (Ark.)
“This win was big because it guarantees us a number one seed going into the playoffs, but there was no celebration,” coach Carlton Gibson said. “There are bigger goals for this team.”
Kat Moore, Alexis McGreger, Darcie Gibson, Hayleigh Mason and Maura Autry combined for 12 hits in the 12-0 road win over the Lady Cougars Thursday.
Gibson pitched the complete four-inning game. She gave up only two hits, while striking out six.
The Lady Pats upped their district mark to 8-0. They wrapped up conference play Monday of this week with a doubleheader at West Memphis Christian.
The Marshall girls went 2-1 in the Carroll Tournament Saturday.
They started with a 6-2 win over Class AAA Madison Ridgeland Academy.
“We did not play our best game,” Coach Gibson said. “We started out really slowly. We committed three errors in the first inning to give MRA the lead but our defense tightened up and we were able to put together enough offense to secure the win.”
Alaken McNeer pitched the complete four-inning game – giving up only one hit and recording four strikeouts.
Next up in the tournament, Marshall dropped a 7-2 decision to Leake, the three-time state champion in Class AA.
The Lady Patriots scored one in the top of the first on hits by McGreger and Mason.
The Lady Rebels answered with four runs off four hits and a batter hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first.
“Darcie (Gibson) struggled a little in the first (from the circle) but overall she did a good job against a very good hitting team,” Coach Gibson said.
The second and third innings were three up and three down for both teams.
In the fourth, Autry got a hit for MA and later scored on a passed ball.
“That was all the offense we could muster against a really good senior pitcher (for Leake),” Gibson said.
The Lady Rebels added three more in the fourth when two errors and a single loaded the bases and then they got a bases-loaded double.
Gibson eventually got all three outs in the inning via strikeouts.
“Games like this just help us get better,” Coach Gibson said. “There should not be a pitcher we face in Class A who will be as good as the one we saw with Leake.”
The MA girls then closed the tournament at Carroll with a 14-0 rout of Calhoun.
The Lady Patriots went through the entire batting order in the first inning with every player scoring.
“We had some big hits in this game,” Coach Gibson said.
Hailey McMinn was two for two; Arin Leigh Valentine had a double; and Erin Lomenick added a triple.
McNeer pitched two innings and Gibson one. Each gave up one hit.
MA improved its record to 22-6-1.
After the road trip to West Memphis on Monday of this week, Marshall visited Class AAA Magnolia Heights Tuesday. The Lady Pats will play in the Jackson Prep Tournament Saturday.
The North State Tournament is set for September 21 and September 23 at Carroll Academy (Carrollton).
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