Front, from left, Hannah Swallers, Hannah Champion, Jessica Deming, Alexis McGreger; second row, same order, Faith Shankle, Erin Lomenick, Sarah Jackson, Baylee Floyd, Tyler Vannucci; back row, same order, assistant coach Traci Rodgers, Peyton Stephenson, Lillian Lykens, Karina Mays, X’zorria Jones, Carlie Vannucci, Scarlett Newman, head coach Carlton Gibson. Not pictured is Heather Honeycutt.
Photos by Penny Lomenick
Hannah Swallers swings away at Winona last week.
Faith Shankle of Marshall fields the ball at third versus Winona.
Lady Patriots district champs
The Marshall Academy softball team celebrated a district championship last week about 100 miles from home.
The Lady Patriots dominated Winona Christian 11-2 on the road to remain undefeated in District 1-AA. They were scheduled to close conference play on Monday of this week at Central Holmes.
“This was the first hurdle in the goal for the year (a state championship),” coach Carlton Gibson said. “The girls stepped up and brought home the first blue trophy (for the season).”
Hannah Swallers was in the circle and earned the win.
“She totally dominated them the first time we played them but their batters made adjustments and were able to put the ball in play the second time they saw her,” Gibson said.
She scattered six hits, struck out five and gave up two earned runs.
“She didn’t have her best game and we still dominated,” he said. “Our bats more than made up for the runs they scored.”
The Marshall offense was led by Carlie Vannucci with two hits and four runs-batted-in. Also picking up two hits each were Hannah Champion and Erin Lomenick. Alexis McGreger, Swallers, Tyler Vannucci and Faith Shankle each added a hit.
“Our defense was stellar again,” Gibson said. “We are solid in every position and we are playing really good together.”
On Saturday, the Lady Patriots crushed the competition to claim first place in the Calhoun Tournament.
They faced Calhoun, Strider and Delta and outscored the opponents by a combined 37-1.
“Our defense was excellent and our pitching was above average,” Gibson said. “Our batters made adjustments at the plate quicker, and that was something we had been working on.”
After the visit to Central Homes this past Monday, MA goes to Bayou Academy Monday, Sept. 18, and hosts North Delta Tuesday, Sept. 19. The North State Tournament is set for September 23-25 at Clinton.
“Playoff time is getting close, and we are playing good softball right now,” Gibson said.