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Lady Knights capture 3 wins

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Prepares for district tournament

By Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team picked up three wins last week. The team's overall record is now 15-4. After capturing the first regular season district title in school history, the team is playing well heading into the final stretch of the season. The team's final regular season game is scheduled for May 19, just two days prior to the start of the district tournament. The 20th district softball tournament will be played at Taylor County High School, while the 5th region tournament is scheduled to be played at Marion County.

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Washington County 0, Marion County 8

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team played Washington County at Talley Field Thursday, holding them scoreless to pick up their 15th win of the season.

Neither team would score in the first inning, but Marion County would put across four runs in the bottom of the second inning, using four hits, one walk, and one Washington County miscue.  The Lady Knights would score another run in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-0 lead, and would score three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to lead 8-0, which would end up being the final score as Washington County was held scoreless.

The Lady Knights collected 12 hits as a team, with Taylor Wade and Emily Fenwick leading the way with three hits each. Colleen Rakes added two hits in the win, while Jordan Thomas, Ashley Walls, Abby Miles, and Rebekah Taylor each chipped in one hit.

Ashley Walls pitched for Marion County, collecting the win from the mound.  Walls pitched seven innings, holding Washington County scoreless, giving up seven hits and no walks. Walls also had seven strikeouts in the outing.

"We played well," Head Coach Todd Spalding said. "I thought Emily Fenwick, Taylor Wade and Colleen Rakes had big nights at the plate. We only made one error and I felt played well overall."

Washington County     000 000 0 - 0   7  3 

Marion County          040 103 x - 8  12  0

The Marion County Lady Knights junior varsity team was also in action against Washington County, winning the game 7-6. Kenlee Stout had two hits in the game, while Lauren Farmer, Madison Avritt, Kylie Benningfield, Kendall Benningfield, and Lexi Maupin each added one hit. Madison Avritt picked up the win from the mound for the Lady Knights.

Bethlehem 4, Marion County 10

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team hosted Bethlehem at Talley Field Tuesday of last week, picking up a 10-4 win.

The Lady Knights jumped out to an early 9-0 lead in the first three innings, scoring five runs in the first inning and four more runs in the bottom of the third inning. However, Marion County would then allow Bethlehem to score one run in the top of the fourth inning, as they gave up three hits and a walk.  Bethlehem would then score three more runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut Marion County's lead to 9-4. The Lady Knights would then hold Bethlehem scoreless in the last two innings, and would put one more run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the final score at 10-4.

Marion County had 11 hits as a team, with Taylor Wade, Jordan Thomas, Emily Fenwick, and Ann Taylor Sandusky leading the way with two hits each. Ashley Walls, Colleen Rakes, and McKenzie Reynolds each added one hit.

Ashley Walls picked up the win from the mound, pitching seven innings in the game. Walls gave up eight hits and two walks, while striking out nine Bethlehem batters.

"We started off well, getting ahead 9-0 after three innings and then I thought our kids took the foot off the gas somewhat and let a few runs score," Spalding said. "It was not a great effort by any stretch but still a solid win.  Bethlehem is a nice team and is 13-7 on the season."

Bethlehem          000 130 0 -   4  8  2

Marion County     504 001 x - 10  11  2

The junior varsity team also played Bethlehem, winning 3-2. Kendall Benningfield led Marion County with two hits, while Lauren Farmer, Rebekah Taylor, Lexi Maupin, Kenlee Stout, and Morgan Avritt added one hit each. Jordan Thomas was the winning pitcher for the Lady Knights, giving up two runs off of three hits and one walk, while striking out six batters.

Marion County 7, Garrard County 4

The Lady Knights went on the road to play Garrard County Monday of last week, where they were able to come away with a 7-4 win.

Garrard County would get on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning, but Marion County would answer in the top of the third inning with a run of their own. Garrard County would score another run in the bottom of the third and two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead. However, the Lady Knights would have a huge fifth inning, scoring five runs off of five hits and a Garrard County miscue to take a 6-4 lead. Marion County would collect one more run in the top of the seventh inning and would hold Garrard County to get a 7-4 victory on the road.

As a team, Marion County collected 14 hits. Ashley Walls led the way with three hits of her own, while Jordan Thomas, Emily Fenwick, Abby Miles, and Kylie Benningfield chipped in two hits each. Colleen Rakes, Ann Taylor Sandusky, and Abby Hamilton each added one hit in the win.

Ashley Walls pitched for the Lady Knights, picking up the win from the mound.  Walls pitched seven innings, giving up eight hits and one walk, while striking out five batters.

"We played as bad as we can play for four innings then finally woke up in the fifth with some timely hitting," Spalding said. "Abby Miles, Emily Fenwick and Ashley Walls had huge hits in the game to propel us to the win. This was a very bad defensive game for us. We played defense in this game like we did early in the season."

Marion County     001 050 1 - 7  14  1

Garrard County     011 200 0 - 4   8  3