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11-12 All-Stars split first two games at state

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By Jesse Osbourne

After knocking off a pesky Lexington Fast Pitch team on Saturday, the Marion County 11-and-12-year-old softball All-Stars lost an 8-7 heartbreaker to South Shore on Sunday to send them to the loser’s bracket.

Assistant Coach Todd Spalding said the team was up 7-4 with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the sixth inning when South Shore reeled off four straight hits to come from behind to win 8-7.

Marion County 8, Lexington Fast Pitch 7

Marion County jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning. The teams were deadlocked at 3-1 through three innings but the game would break open in the fourth.

Lexington Fast Pitch turned the momentum with a six-run outburst to jump out in front, 7-3. Marion County would chip away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Laura Jo Spalding reached on a single to begin the inning, followed by a double from Alyssa Farmer. Taylor Wade then cleared the bases with a double of her own to make it 7-5. Four straight singles would bring Wade around to cut the lead to 7-6 to end the inning.

The team’s battled defensively in the fifth to set up the final showdown in the sixth. Marion County held Lexington in check to enter the bottom of the sixth still down 7-6.

Abby Miles started the late rally with a single. With Miles on third after Kylie Benningfield reached base, Abby Thomas hit a grounder to third base that would slip by and dribble down the left field line and allow Miles to score the winning run.

Alyssa Farmer took the win from the mound for Marion County.

Monday, the 11-12 girls stayed alive with an 11-1 win in five innings over Middlesboro.

UPDATE: Tuesday, the Marion County 11-12 team defeated Lexington Fast Pitch, 12-2 in five innings. Marion County's next game is at 7 p.m. (Eastern time) in Franklin.

Marion County was scheduled to play again at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Lexington Fast Pitch.