Lady Knights compete in classic

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Win 2, lose 2

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

By Josh and Jessica Veatch
The Marion County Lady Knights softball team participated in the Lady Laker Classic hosted by Russell County on April 8-9. Throughout the two days, the Lady Knights ended up playing four games, winning two and losing two. On Friday, Marion County beat Casey County 1-0 in the first game before losing to Clinton County in the second game 8-7. On Saturday, which started the actual tournament part of the Classic, the Lady Knights defeated Adair County 11-10 before losing to Butler County 3-0 in their second game that day. This tournament allowed some of the younger players to contribute with some of the starters not able to be at the games.
“It gave the younger ones some experience for later in the year if they are called upon,” Head Coach Trent Milby said.
The softball team’s record now stands at 6-3.

Marion County 0, Butler County 3
After defeating Adair County on Saturday in the Lady Laker Classic, the Marion County Lady Knights softball team moved on to compete with Butler County.  Marion County only managed two hits the entire game, and Butler County’s pitcher struck out 17 Lady Knight batters in the outing, helping Butler County to defeat Marion County by a final score of 3-0. Head Coach Trent Milby talked about how good Butler County’s pitcher was, saying that she has signed with Murray State.
The Lady Knights offense could only muster two hits the entire game, one coming from Allison Mattingly and one from Casey Walls.
Allye Hamilton took the loss on the mound, giving up three runs in the game.  Hamilton allowed Butler County three hits, one walk, and she struck out seven batters.
    R    H    E
Marion     0   0   0   0   0   0   0  - 0    2    2
Butler    0    0    2   0   0   0   1 - 3   3   2

Marion County 11, Adair County 10
In the opening round of the tournament portion of the Lady Laker Classic in Russell County, the Marion County Lady Knights softball team played the Adair County Lady Indians. Despite Adair County’s 15 hits in the game, Marion County used their five hits combined with six Lady Indian miscues to win the game by one run, 11-10. Coach Milby said this game was fun to be a part of and felt like whoever batted last would win.
Marion County allowed Adair County to jump out early in the first inning and take a 2-0 lead. However, the Lady Knights responded with a six run outburst in their half of the second inning. The attack was led by a pair of triples from Abby Hamilton and Allison Mattingly. The Lady Indians came back in the third inning with three runs of their own to bring the score to 6-5, with Marion County leading. For the rest of the game, both teams would mirror each other, so Marion County’s one run advantage would be enough to take them to the second round of the tournament.
Allison Mattingly led the Lady Knights offense with two hits, a triple and a double, while Coco May, Abby Hamilton, and Ann Taylor Sandusky contributed one hit each. Ashley Walls pitched into the fifth inning before giving way to Allye Hamilton in relief. Walls gave up six runs on 11 hits, no walks, and no strikeouts.  Hamilton gave up four runs on four hits, no walks, and struck out three.
            R    H     E
Marion     0   6   0  1  0   3   1 - 11  5   2
Adair     2  0  3  1  0   3   1 - 10  15   6
Marion County 7, Clinton County 8
In their second game last Friday in the Lady Laker Classic, the Marion County Lady Knights softball team took on Clinton County in a game that would go back and forth throughout.  
In the first inning, the Lady Knights defense allowed Clinton County to score one run. However, Marion County would quickly strike back in the bottom half of the first, using four hits and a sacrifice bunt to produce three runs to take the lead 3-1. Clinton County would then go on to score one run in the third and fourth innings, and two in the fifth, putting them ahead 5-3. The Lady Knights wouldn’t go away, scoring three more runs in the bottom of the fifth innings off of four hits, once again giving them the lead at 6-5. Marion County would allow Clinton County to score three more runs in the game, but could only muster one run in the seventh, allowing Clinton County to take the game 8-7.
“Our mental mistakes throughout the game cost us the game,” Milby said.
Tiffany Sapp led the Lady Knights’ offensive attack with three hits, while Allison Mattingly, Emily Fenwick, and Casey Walls pitched in two apiece. Jordan Thomas had the only other Marion County hit.
On the mound, Allye Hamilton pitched four and a third innings before giving way to Ashley Walls, who finished the game.
    R     H    E
Marion     3   0   0   0   3   0   1 -  7   10    4
Clinton     1   0   1   1   2   2   1-   8    10    4

Marion County 1, Casey County 0
The Marion County Lady Knights softball team played Casey County in their first game of the Lady Laker Classic last Friday afternoon. The Lady Knights produced four hits in the outing, scoring one run to defeat Casey County in a game that relied on pitching and defense.
Casey County was held scoreless in the game, with Marion County only scoring one run in the sixth inning, which proved to be enough. In that inning, the Lady Knights used a double by Coco May, a sacrifice by Jordan Thomas, and an RBI by Ashley Walls to manufacture the only run of the game. Marion County went on to defeat Casey County by a final score of 1-0.
Coco May led the Lady Knights’ offense with two hits, while Tiffany Sapp and Ashley Walls added one each.
Allye Hamilton was the winning pitcher for Marion County, holding Casey County scoreless. Hamilton gave up five hits, walked one batter, and struck out nine.

                                                   R    H    E
Marion     0   0   0   0  0   0  1  0 -  1   1    1
Casey      0   0   0   0  0   0   0    -  0   5    5