Lady Knights bow out of tourney early

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team will not make a regional tournament appearance this season. Wednesday night, the Taylor County Lady Cardinals beat Marion County by a final score of 12-7 as they finished up the game that was started on Monday of last week and was postponed due to lightning. The game was already in the top of the seventh inning, with Taylor County up to bat with one out. On Wednesday, the Lady Knights were able to quickly get the remaining two outs, but could not get their offense going in the bottom half of the seventh inning, and Taylor County went on to play in the championship game against Adair County. Adair County won the 20th District Championship, defeating Taylor County by a score of 3-2. For Marion County, Casey Jo Walls and Tiffany Sapp were selected for the All-Tournament Team.
In the first six innings that were played on Monday of last week, the Lady Knights left too many runners on base to stay even with the Lady Cardinals.  Overall, Marion County stranded nine runners, which would lead to their defeat and take away their chance of meeting Adair County in the 20th District championship game and competing in the regional tournament in Larue County.
In the first inning, Taylor County took advantage of one walk and four hits to put three runs across the scoreboard and gain momentum. In the bottom half of the first, Tiffany Sapp would get on base with a single and score on an RBI single by Ann Morgan Reynolds. In the second, Taylor County would once again score two runs off of three hits, and in the bottom half, the Lady Knights would leave a runner stranded on third. The score was 5-1 going into the third inning.  Marion County’s defense held Taylor County scoreless in the top of the third, and went on to score two runs of their own in the bottom of the third to bring the score to 5-3. However, in the fourth inning, the Lady Cardinals would collect two more runs while the Lady Knights’ offense went three up, three down, taking the score to 7-3.
Taylor County would score three more runs in the fifth inning, one run in the sixth, and one in the top half of the seventh before the game was postponed, pushing their run total to 12. Marion County just couldn’t produce enough offense in those innings, although they did score two runs in the fifth, one being off of a Tiffany Sapp solo home run, and two runs in the sixth.  Neither team would score on Wednesday when the game was resumed, keeping the final score at 12-7. Marion County’s final record for the 2011 season was 18-14.
Tiffany Sapp led the offense in this district tournament game, collecting two hits, including a solo homerun in the fifth inning, the sixth of her career.  Jordan Thomas, Allison Mattingly, Ann Morgan Reynolds, Casey Walls, and Emily Fenwick each chipped in one hit.
Ashley Walls started the game and suffered the loss from the mound for Marion County, giving up 10 runs off of 11 hits, four walks and two strikeouts. Only five of those runs were earned runs. Allye Hamilton pitched two innings in relief, allowing two runs off of two hits, no walks, and one strikeout.
“We picked a bad night to not catch balls that we should have,” Head Coach Trent Milby said. “I was shocked at that but crazy things happen at tourney time.”
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Taylor     3   2   0   2   3   1  1 - 12  13  3    
Marion     1   0   2   0   2   2   0 -  7    7    2