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20th District Tournament begins

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team began the postseason Monday night against Taylor County at Talley Field.  With the threat of rain looming, the game progressed into the seventh inning before being postponed due to lightning.  The Lady Knights were trailing 12-7 in the top of the seventh inning with one out and Taylor County batting. The game was set to resume last night with the championship game of the 20th district softball tournament to follow. Results were unknown as of press time.
In last week’s action, the Lady Knights played five games, going 3-2 for the week.
“We played well at times this week,” Head Coach Trent Milby said. “We had defensive breakdowns in one inning in three games. We have to be focused and ready to go for the district tourney. Overall, we played well.”

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Grayson County 5, Marion County 4
The Marion County Lady Knights softball team nearly grabbed another win Friday night in the second game of the varsity doubleheader against Grayson County at Talley Field. The Lady Knights allowed Grayson County to score three runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth inning before producing any runs of their own. Marion County did manufacture four runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning, and had a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t put the run across the plate.
The Lady Knights lost the game by a final score of 5-4, and their overall record now stands at 18-13 going into district play.
Ann Morgan Reynolds, Casey Walls, and Colleen Rakes led the Lady Knights’ offense with two hits each, while Evan Thompson, Emily Fenwick, and Coco May each chipped in one hit.
Allye Hamilton was the losing pitcher for Marion County, giving up five runs off of eight hits, no walks, and one strikeout.
    R  H   E    Grayson      0  0  0   0  3  2  0 - 5  8  1
Marion     0  0  0  0  0  4  0 -  4  9  0

Grayson County 1, Marion County 3
On Friday night, the Marion County Lady Knights hosted Grayson County for a varsity doubleheader at Talley Field. Marion County won this game by a final score of 3-1.
The Lady Knights would score early, putting two runs across in the first inning and one in the second inning. Marion County’s defense would then hold Grayson County to only one run in the game, which came in the third inning, and the defense would turn two double plays in the process.
Tiffany Sapp was the offensive leader for the Lady Knights, contributing two hits in the win. Allison Mattingly, Casey Walls, Evan Thompson, and Colleen Rakes chipped in one hit each.  
Ashley Walls was the winning pitcher for Marion County, giving up only one run off of 6 hits, no walks, and one strikeout.
    R    H    E    Grayson    0   0   1  0  0  0  0 - 1  6  2
Marion     2   1  0  0  0  0   0 - 3   6  3

Mercer County 2, Marion County 3
In the second game of a varsity doubleheader Thursday night against Mercer County, the Marion County Lady Knights softball team avenged the first loss of the night to split with their opponents.
Despite only having three hits and committing three defensive miscues in the game, Marion County held Mercer County to only two first inning runs for the game and picked up the win. The Lady Knights manufactured runs in the second, third, and fifth innings, and that proved to be enough to claim the victory with a 3-2 score.
Only three Lady Knights collected hits, including Tiffany Sapp, Ann Morgan Reynolds, and Ashley Walls.
Allye Hamilton picked up the win on the mound for Marion County, only allowing two runs off of two hits and one walk.
    R    H    E    Mercer      2  0  0  0  0  0  0 - 2   2   2
Marion     0  1  1  0  1  0  0 - 3  3  3

Mercer County 3, Marion County 2
Last Thursday night, the Marion County Lady Knights softball team hosted Mercer County at Talley Field. In the first game of a varsity doubleheader, the Lady Knights collected seven hits as a team, but left eight runners on base in the one run loss.
Marion County committed four errors in the contest, and could only produce two runs, one in the fourth and one in the seventh inning.
The Lady Knights’ defense allowed their opponents to score three runs, and Marion County lost the game to Mercer County by a final score of 3-2.
Seven different batters contributed a hit for the Lady Knights’ offense, including Jordan Thomas, Allison Mattingly, Ann Morgan Reynolds, Casey Walls, Evan Thompson, Emily Fenwick, and Ashley Walls.
Ashley Walls took the loss from the mound for Marion County, allowing three runs off of five hits, one walk, and no strikeouts.
    R    H    E
Mercer    1  2  0  0  0   0   0 - 3  5  1
Marion     0  0   0  1  0  0  1 - 2  7  4

Danville 0, Marion County 3
On Tuesday of last week, the Marion County Lady Knights softball team hosted Danville at Talley Field.
The Lady Knights came out victorious on Senior Night, where six seniors (Allison Mattingly, Ann Morgan Reynolds, Casey Walls, Tiffany Sapp, Evan Thompson and Allye Hamilton) were honored following the game.  
Marion County won the game 3-0, holding Danville scoreless due to a solid pitching performance and good defense.
Tiffany Sapp led the Lady Knights’ offense with two hits, one being a two run homerun. Allison Mattingly, Casey Walls, and Emily Fenwick each chipped in one hit.
Allye Hamilton was the winning pitcher for Marion County, not allowing Danville to score a run and holding them to two hits while walking one and striking out two batters.
    R    H    E
Danville    0  0  0  0  0  0  0 - 0  2  1
Marion    1  0  0  0  2  0  x - 3  5  1