Thursday, September 19, 2013
Playoffs next for Lady Patriots
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy softball team completed an unbeaten run through District 1-A last week.
They blanked conference foe West Memphis in a doubleheader Monday of last week and then won two of three over the weekend in the Jackson Prep Tournament.
Next up is North State Saturday and Monday at Carrollton. The Lady Pats will enter the post-season with a 26-7-1 record (10-0 in the district).
The Lady Patriots cruised through the final two conference games of the year – dominating West Memphis 11-0 and 10-0 on the road.
Alaken McNeer pitched the first game, scattering three hits, and Darcie Gibson threw the second game, giving up one hit and recording six strikeouts.
All Lady Patriots reached base safely in the second game.
MA then made a road trip to Senatobia Tuesday of last week to face Magnolia Heights. It was rained out after one inning with Marshall leading 1-0.
Coach Carlton Gibson said the Class A Lady Pats were sluggish in the Prep Tournament.
They opened with a 4-3 win over Class AAA Pillow Academy.
“We allowed Pillow to hang around until finally getting the win,” he said.
Alexis McGreger came through with the big bat. When Pillow intentionally walked Kat Moore, McGreger got a hit up the middle to score the winning run.
Gibson pitched the complete five innings, giving up three hits and striking out three.
An extra inning game followed against another Class AAA squad, and Marshall fell to Jackson Prep 5-4.
“Our bats struggled,” Coach Gibson said. “We did not make adjustments at the plate. Prep outhit us, and that was the difference in the game.”
Moore and McGreger each went two for two.
McNeer pitched the complete six innings, giving up 10 hits.
“We had our opportunities to win,” he said. “We left seven runners in scoring position. We have to get better at adjusting at the plate. We will have all week to work on that to get ready for the playoffs.”
The Lady Patriots closed the tournament Saturday in Jackson with a 6-3 win over Class AA Tri-County.
The big hit of the day came from Hayleigh Mason. She sent a shot over the left field fence.
Moore, McGreger, Gibson and Maura Autry contributed a hit each in the victory.
McNeer pitched all four innings, scattering seven hits.
North State schedule
The Lady Pats will start North State play this Saturday morning in Carrollton with the tourney wrapping up Monday, Sept. 23.
The top four teams from the North move on to the Class A State Tournament the following Saturday (September 28) and Monday (September 30) in the Jackson area.
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