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Lady Knights bow out to region champs

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By Jesse Osbourne

Marion County continued their sparkling postseason play but it wasn't enough to conquer eventual Fifth Region champs Green County on Tuesday of last week at Central Hardin.

The Marion County High School softball team trailed 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh inning. Green County sophomore pitcher Kasey Estes, who hurled a perfect game in the first round, was nearly unhittable against the Lady Knights.

Allison Mattingly and Evan Thompson finally solved Estes and reached base to begin the inning. With runners at second and third and two outs, Coco May went to bat.

With two strikes on May, Estes threw to third to pick off Mattingly. The throw was wild and went to left field. Mattingly scored easily and Thompson reached third with no problem.

Thompson hesitated at third but the left fielder bobbled the ball so Thompson went for home to tie the game at 2-2.

A perfect throw would gun down Thompson to end the game, who was a heartbeat away from tying it.

"We had to go for it there. It took a perfect throw to get her out," Lady Knights Head Coach Trent Milby said.

Green advanced with a 2-1 win over the Lady Knights. They beat Nelson County 2-0 in the region final to advance to the state tournament.

"We played well defensively and pitching. The whole post season we played as good as we could," Milby said.

The Lady Knights and Lady Dragons look to have future slug fests similar to this as Estes returns along with a core of young, talented players.

Marion County 10, Washington County 0

The Lady Knights rolled in the first round of the region tournament on Monday of last week at Central Hardin High School.

Allye Hamilton took the win from the mound and the offense ignited in this renewed rivalry.

The Lady Knights and Commanderettes didn't play each other during the regular season but the rivalry lost no steam as they battled it out in region play.

The Lady Knights set the school record for most wins in a season with 22. Their final record stands at 22-13.

Marion County loses one senior, Christan Montgomery, to graduation.

"We'll be right there in the mix next year," Milby said. "If we continue playing defense and our pitching is good enough we should be fine."