9-10 girls win first two games at state, drop third

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By Jesse Osbourne

After two days of pool play, the Marion County 9-and-10-year-old softball All-Stars were one win away from playing in the Little League State Championship.

The young ladies took care of their opponents in a business-like manner on Saturday by winning 5-1 against North Oldham and on Sunday by winning 10-1 against South London in Franklin.

Marion County 5, North Oldham 1

Known for their softball pedigree, North Oldham was shocked early on by Marion County’s pitching and defense.

Allison Maupin methodically took care of North Oldham’s batters, sending five of the first six batters back to the dugout.

Meanwhile, Marion County jumped out to a 3-0 lead by solid overall hitting.

North Oldham squeaked a run by in the fourth by Marion County quelled their hopes by adding a run to make the tally 4-1.

Pitching and defense shut down North Oldham’s bats in the final two frames, allowing Marion County to walk away with a 5-1 victory.

Monday evening, Marion County received its first-loss of the double-elimination tournament. The girls lost 6-4 to East Davies.

With the loss, Marion County’s next game will be 4 p.m. Wednesday.