Lady Knights clinch top seed in district softball tournament

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By Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team played games against Campbellsville and Adair County this past week in district play, and then competed in the Jaguar Classic this past weekend at East Jessamine. The varsity team did not play Boyle County, as it was changed to a double junior varsity game Thursday night. After winning three of the five contests, the Lady Knights are 16-7 overall, 6-1 in the district, giving them the No. 1 seed in the district tournament.
“We won the district for the second year in a row,” Coach Todd Spalding said. “These are the only two district wins in school history. We have a few areas that we need to clean up, but I feel that we have the pieces to make a strong run in the postseason.”

Madison Southern 11, Marion County 0
In the Jaguar Classic championship, the Lady Knights fell to Madison Southern, 11-0.  
Marion County had six hits in the loss. Rebekah Taylor had two hits. Pitcher Ashley Walls gave up 11 runs off of 13 hits. Walls had three walks and seven strikeouts in the game.

Mad. So.       002 070 2 – 11 13 0
Marion Co.   000 000 0 – 0   6 1

Marion County 9, East Jessamine 1
In their second game of the Jaguar Classic, Marion County played the host team, East Jessamine, holding them to only one run and scoring nine runs of their own.  
As a team, the Lady Knights had 10 hits in the win, with Lauren Farmer, Ashley Walls and Rebekah Taylor leading the offense with two hits each. Walls, Colleen Rakes and Taylor each had a double in the game.
Walls picked up the win from the mound, facing 30 batters and giving up five hits and one walk. Walls struck out five batters.

Marion Co.   100 310 4 – 9 10 3
East Jess.       010 000 1 – 1 5  2

Marion County 3, Lexington Catholic 1
In the first game of the Jaguar Classic at East Jessamine, the Lady Knights were able to defeat Lexington Catholic 3-1, only allowing the run after giving up two consecutive doubles.  
As a team, the Lady Knights had six hits, with Abby Miles and Rebekah Taylor leading the way with two hits each. One of Taylor’s hits was a triple and Ashley Walls hit a home run.
Ashley Walls was the winning pitcher, giving up only one run off of five hits and no walks. Walls struck out five batters.

Lex. Cath.      000 001 0 – 1 5 1
Marion Co.  010 200 x – 3 6 0

“We played a tournament this weekend at East Jessamine, and played really solid teams,” Spalding said. “We had probably our best win of the season against East Jessamine who had been ranked in the top 25, and then turned around four hours later and played our worst game of the season against Madison Southern. I attribute that performance to fatigue more than anything else and I am not concerned about that game.”
Spalding went on to comment about the play of Rebekah Taylor.
“She really stepped up this weekend,” he said. “She had six hits and drove in six of our 12 runs in the tournament. I really like where our team is at right now.”
The Marion County junior varsity team played Boyle County Thursday night on the road in a doubleheader. In the first game, Marion County lost to Boyle County 9-7.
The Lady Knights had nine hits, with Rebekah Taylor leading the way with three hits. Kylie Benningfield and McKenzie Reynolds each chipped in two hits. Haley Mattingly was the losing pitcher, giving up seven hits and three walks, while striking out one batter.
In the second game, Marion County fell again to Boyle County, as they were edged 15-14. The Lady Knights had 11 hits in this game, with Kendall Benningfield, Kylie Benningfield, Rebekah Taylor, and McKenzie Reynolds each contributing two hits.  Kenlee Stout was the losing pitcher in this contest, giving up eight hits and 18 walks.

Adair County 4, Marion County 3
The softball team went on the road to play Adair County April 23, another district matchup. Despite outhitting the Lady Indians 11-8, the Lady Knights lost to the Lady Indians in nine innings, 4-3.  However, this was Marion County’s first loss in district, so they remain the top seed in the district standings.
The Lady Knights had 11 hits as a team, with Lexi Maupin leading the way for the offense, going 4-4 in the game with two doubles. Colleen Rakes added three hits, while Kylie Benningfield chipped in two hits.
Haley Mattingly suffered the loss from the mound, giving up four runs off eight hits and three walks. Mattingly faced 37 batters in eight and two thirds innings of play.

Marion Co. 001 110 000 – 3 11 2
Adair Co.      000 021 001 - 4  8  0

The junior varsity team played Adair County on the road, losing 11-0 in three innings of play.
The Lady Knights could muster only three hits in the game, with Cassidy Logsdon, McKenzie Reynolds and Abby Scott each having one hit. Kenlee Stout was the losing pitcher for Marion County.

Marion County 20, Campbellsville 0
The Lady Knights hosted Campbellsville in a district matchup at Talley Field April 22.
Marion County had 16 hits as a team, and the defense did not allow any hits or walks in the game, and the Lady Knights did not commit any errors to beat the Lady Eagles in three innings, 20-0.
Kylie Benningfield led the offense with three hits, while Lauren Farmer and Kenlee Stout each chipped in two hits.
Ashley Walls pitched two innings for Marion County, picking up the win from the mound and striking out three batters. Haley Mattingly pitched one inning, striking out one batter.

C’ville         00 0 xxx x – 0 0 3
Marion Co.  7121 xxx x – 20 16 0

The Lady Knights hosted Bethlehem Monday and against Casey County yesterday. The team will play Thomas Nelson tonight at Talley Field.