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Lady Knights close softball season with a win

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Marion County finishes strong before district tourney

By Nick Schrager

A heightened battle quickly turned into a series of slow blows as the Marion County Lady Knights destroyed the Washington County Commanderettes, 12-3, in seven innings on May 16. 

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It would be the Lady Knights only game of the week and their last game of the regular season. Lady Knights Head Coach Todd Spalding was happy about their performance. 

“We hit the ball very well,” Spalding said. “We had 15 hits and four home runs. We hit some bombs.”

Senior outfielder Colleen Rakes would dazzle with three RBI for the team’s efforts, two of which were home runs. Sophomore third baseman Kylie Benningfield and junior shortstop Taylor Wade each homered in the win.

Scoring started early for the Lady Knights when they opened with five runs in the second and four in the third. 

Wade hit her home run in the fourth inning, and Rakes ended the Lady Knights’ scoring with her second homer of the evening in the final inning. The Commanderettes (10-15) scored their only three runs in the fourth inning.

Pitching also went well for the Lady Knights. According to Game Changer, freshman pitcher Jordan Thomas opened the game by working the first 3 1/3 innings. She recorded one strikeout and allowed three runs and five hits. Sixth-grade pitcher Haley Mattingly lit up the mound for the remainder of the game by firing eight strikeouts and allowing no runs on three hits. 

The victory would leave them sitting sixth in the region at 16-8. 

Spalding said he’s happy with the team’s efforts throughout the season.

“With all the adversity we’ve had, and all the injuries, and all the people going out here and there, to go with the young team we’ve had, 12 of 18 being freshman or younger this year, that’s a pretty good accomplishment,” Spalding said. “I’m very proud of them.” 

From here, the Lady Knights were scheduled to open the 20th District Tournament May 20 after press time.

For the third time this year, Marion County will face the Adair County Lady Indians (14-11). Spalding said the Lady Indians have a solid pitcher but he thinks Marion County has better players.

“But we have to play,” Spalding said. “If we play anywhere but our best, we’re going to be beat.”

 

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