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Lady Knights claim No. 1 district seed

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team played three games last week, winning two and losing one. The Lady Knights have a 5-1 district standing, making them the No. 1 seed in the district. The team's overall record is now 12-4.
"This was a tremendous milestone for our program," Coach Todd Spalding said. "To replace seven of nine starters from last season and win the first regular season district championship in school history speaks volumes about our players."
Spalding added that he is proud of how hard his team continues to work.
 "We are improving. The key for our team is to improve as much in the next three weeks as we have in the last three weeks," he said. "If we do this and do not settle, I think we will be a very tough team to beat in the district and regional tournaments."

Boyle County 2, Marion County 1
The Marion County softball team lost to visiting Boyle County, 2-1, at Talley Field April 25. Marion County allowed Boyle County to score one run in the first and third innings. The Lady Knights got one run back in the bottom of the fourth off of an Emily Fenwick home run to cut the lead to 2-1.
Marion County could only muster three hits as a team, with those coming from Taylor Wade, Fenwick, and Colleen Rakes.
Ashley Walls pitched for the Lady Knights, giving up seven hits, no walks, and striking out five Boyle County batters.  
"Boyle County is a very good team," Spalding said. "They are the best team in the 12th region and one of the best 25 teams in the state. There is no person who hates to lose worse than me, but this was not a bad loss."
Coach Spalding added that Ashley Walls pitched outstanding in that game and all season.
"If you exclude the Adair County game at home, in her last eight games she has given up a total of four runs," he said. "Undoubtedly, she would have to be the player of the year in the 20th district."  

Boyle County    101 000 0 - 2  7  0
Marion County  000 100 0 - 1  3  1

The Marion County Lady Knights junior varsity team lost to Boyle County, 2-1. Marion County got hits from Madison Avritt, Rebekah Taylor, Kendall Benningfield, and Morgan Avritt. Madison Avritt was the losing pitcher, giving up two runs off of seven hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.

Marion County 9, Adair County 0
The Marion County Lady Knights softball team traveled to Columbia to take on the Adair County Lady Indians April 24, where they were able to score early and often to pick up a 9-0 district win to put them at the top of the district standings.
The Lady Knights scored two runs in the first inning on two hits. In the second inning, they added one run on two hits. In the third, Emily Fenwick tripled and scored on an Ashley Walls' double. Marion County took advantage of a hit and an Adair County miscue in the top of the fourth to push another run across the scoreboard, taking their lead to 5-0. The Lady Knights held Adair County scoreless in the 9-0 win.
The Lady Knights had 15 hits, with Jordan Thomas, Emily Fenwick, Ashley Walls, Kylie Benningfield, Ann Taylor Sandusky, and McKenzie Reynolds contributing two hits each. Taylor Wade, Abby Miles, and Colleen Rakes each had one hit.
Ashley Walls was the winning pitcher. She gave up two hits, one walk, and striking out five batters.
"The game was going to decide the district championship," Spalding said.  "For a team as young as ours with so many new players, I was interested to see how our kids would respond to the pressure. My girls simply could not have responded any better."

Marion County  211 101 3 - 9 15 2
Adair County     000 000 0 - 0  2   4
    
The junior varsity team picked up a 13-11 win over Adair County. Rebekah Taylor and Lexi Maupin had three hits each, while Lauren Farmer and Kendall Benningfield added two hits each. Madison Avritt, Kenlee Stout, and Morgan Avritt contributed one hit each in the game. Madison Avritt was the winning pitcher.

Marion County 14, Campbellsville 0
April 24, the Lady Knight defeated host Campbellsville, 14-0. Marion County scored every inning and won in five innings. The Lady Knights had 15 hits. Taylor Wade, Jordan Thomas, Ashley Walls, Abby Miles, Colleen Rakes, and Ann Taylor Sandusky had two hits apiece. One of Rakes' two hits was a home run. Emily Fenwick, Kylie Benningfield, and McKenzie Reynolds also had hits.
Ashley Walls was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits and no walks. She had five strikeouts in the outing.
"We wanted to take it to them immediately and we did. We played a very complete game," Spalding said.

Marion County 334 13x x- 14 15 1
Campbellsville  000 00x x -  0  5  1

The Marion County Lady Knights junior varsity team defeated Campbellsville, 7-3. The Lady Knights had nine hits, with Kenlee Stout, Morgan Avritt, and Kaitlyn Masterson leading the way with two hits each.  Madison Avritt, McKenzie Reynolds, and Lexi Maupin each added one hit. Madison Avritt got the win giving up seven hits and one walk, and striking out eight batters.