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All-Stars make history

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By Jesse Osbourne

Marion County was busy making history last week in Franklin.

With a loss to eventual state champion South Shore, Marion County's 11-and-12-year-old softball All-Stars became the first local team to place second in the Little League state tournament.

Marion County nearly forced another game with South Shore on Thursday in Franklin.

The teams entered the top of the sixth tied 1-1, heading for an epic finish.

After three batters, the locals forced two outs and allowed only one base runner. With the top of the lineup back up to bat, Marion County would have to weather an epic rally.

The next six batters reached base to bring four late runs to give South Shore a 5-1 cushion heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Kenlee Stout opened the inning with a single and would later come around to score to cut the lead to 5-2. With two outs, Laura Jo Spalding would reach on a single but would be stranded as the next batter struck out swinging.

After losing to South Shore 8-7 in the second round, Marion County beat Middlesboro 11-1 in the loser's bracket on Monday of last week.

On Tuesday of last week, the locals knocked off Lexington Fast Pitch 12-2 in five innings.

On Wednesday of last week, Marion County won 10-9 in an extra innings thriller against North Oldham to set up a rematch with South Shore. Abby Miles' run in the bottom of the seventh with two outs would send Marion County to the finals.

    

Marion County 11, Middlesboro 1

Marion County 12, Lex Fast Pitch 2

Marion County 10, North Oldham 9

South Shore 5, Marion County 2