Lady Knights bounce back

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team defeated Thomas Nelson on April 1 and then went to Clarksville, Tenn., to play in the Play It Again Classic Friday and Saturday, where they played four games, winning three of those contests. The Lady Knights’ record now stands at 7-5.
“We had a very good week,” Coach Todd Spalding said. “I am hoping we found our identity this week. Most importantly, I think we got back to being us. We were tough and competitive, something that had been lacking up to this point.  Going 4-1 on the week and playing well in Tennessee was very important to our confidence. The only game we lost this week was 2-1 game to Gordonsville Tenn., who is probably the best team we have played this season, and in that game we left the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh.”

Gordonsville (Tenn.) 2, Marion County 1
In their fourth and final game of the Play It Again Classic Saturday, the Marion County Lady Knights fell to Gordonsville by a final score of 2-1. As a team, Marion County had four hits, with Abby Miles, Colleen Rakes, Kylie Benningfield, and Kenlee Stout each having one hit.
Ashley Walls was the losing pitcher, facing 31 batters and giving up 10 hits and no walks, while striking out 2 batters.

Marion Co.        000 000 1 – 1  4 2
Gordonsville     100 000 1 – 2 10 0

Marion County 4, West Creek (Tenn.) 2
The Lady Knights used a three-run fifth inning to put the game away, defeating West Creek by a score of 4-2. The Lady Knights had seven hits as a team, with Abby Miles and Lexi Maupin contributing two hits each to lead the offense.  Lauren Farmer, Ashley Walls, and Kenlee Stout each added one hit.
Ashley Walls picked up the win from the mound, facing 25 batters and giving up five hits and one walk. Walls also had five strikeouts.

West Creek   000 020- 2 5 1
Marion Co.   000 13x – 4 7 2

Marion County 7, Pickerington Central (Ohio) 2
The Lady Knights defeated Pickering Central by a final score of 7-2. Marion County had only four hits as a team, but drew 13 walks to help produce runs in this game. Jordan Thomas, Abby Miles, Ashley Walls, and Rebekah Taylor each had one hit in the game.
Ashley Walls was the winning pitcher for the Lady Knights, facing 20 batters and giving up seven hits and no walks. Walls also struck out two batters.

Marion Co.             030 22- 7 4 0
Pickerington Cen.   010 10- 2 7 0

Marion County 6, Grayson County 0
The Marion County Lady Knights defeated Grayson County 6-0. As a team, the Lady Knights had 10 hits, with Abby Miles and Lauren Farmer leading the offense with three hits each.  Jordan Thomas added two hits, while Colleen Rakes and Kenlee Stout each contributed one hit in the win.
Ashley Walls was the winning pitcher for Marion County, facing 23 batters and giving up two hits and no walks. Walls struck out three batters in the contest.

Grayson Co.    000 000 0 – 0 2 3
Marion Co.      001 014  X– 6 10 1

Marion County 15, Thomas Nelson 0
On April 1, the Lady Knights softball team went on the road to play Thomas Nelson High School. Marion County was able to win the game in three innings, 15-0.
Marion County had 16 hits as a team, with Rebekah Taylor leading the way with three hits. Jordan Thomas, Colleen Rakes, Lexi Maupin and McKenzie Reynolds each added two hits, while Taylor Wade, Abby Miles, Ashley Walls, Kenlee Stout, and Lauren Farmer each contributed one hit to the win.
Ashley Walls pitched one inning, giving up one hit and striking out two batters.  Jordan Thomas picked up the win from the mound, pitching two innings and giving up two hits and one walk, while striking out four batters.

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T. Nelson      000 xxx x- 0   3 5

The junior varsity softball team was also in action against Thomas Nelson, winning 14-2.
The Lady Knights had 15 hits, with Kendall Benningfield and Lauren Farmer leading the offense with three hits each. Cassidy Logsdon, McKenzie Reynolds, Lexi Maupin and Rebekah Taylor each added two hits, while Olivia Gaddie contributed one hit. Haley Mattingly was the winning pitcher, facing 17 batters and giving up two hits and four walks. Mattingly had two strikeouts.
“Our defense was much improved this week,” Coach Spalding said. “Our players finally made the plays defensively I knew they had the ability to make all season… Defense is the key to our team. For us to beat good teams we have to be rock solid defensively. We took a positive step in that direction this week.”  
District play begins this week for the Lady Knights. They were in district action Monday and Tuesday nights, playing Adair County at home on Monday and Taylor County on the road on Tuesday. Marion County will play Washington County tomorrow night on the road and will travel to Danville on Friday.