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In a twist of fate, the Marion County Lady Knights fell to the Adair County Lady Indians in their first game of the 20th District Tournament on May 20.
They were derailed 6-3 in a heated affair.
Despite being upset about the loss, Lady Knights Coach Todd Spalding said the team played well this year.
“I’m very, very proud of my players,” Spalding said. “We had a lot of adversity this year from the standpoint of injuries and other things that were difficult to overcome.”
It was the third time the teams clashed this season, and the second time the Lady Knights lost to their opponent.
“We did not have our best game tonight,” Spalding said. “They did play well tonight. Hats off to them. They thoroughly outplayed us in every way.”
Scoring opened in the third inning with the Lady Knights (16-9) taking the lead. Junior second baseman Mckenzie Reynolds’ two-run home run drove in junior shortstop Taylor Wade.
“Mckenzie Reynolds played great,” Spalding said. “[She] had two of our four hits and hit a home run, her first home run as a Lady Knight.”
The Lady Indians’ responded with four runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth.
Despite Reynolds’ scoring her second run in the sixth, it was not enough to give the Lady Knights an advantage.
“It just wasn’t our night,” Spalding said.
On May 21, the Lady Indians (15-12) fell to the Taylor County Lady Cardinals, 8-6. The win gave the Lady Cardinals (29-7) the district title.
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Two Lady Knights named to all-region team
Marion County has a habit of producing fine athletes, and this year is no exception.
Two Lady Knights will be part of the Fifth All Region Team.
They are freshman pitcher Jordan Thomas and sophomore third baseman Kylie Benningfield.
“I feel good,” Thomas said. “It feels like a great accomplishment. I can’t wait to be out there with the best of the best.”
Benningfield also was stoked about making the team. When she heard they made the team, she almost couldn’t believe it.
“Are you serious?” Benningfield recalled reacting. “It’s a great accomplishment for both of us.”
Coach Spalding said Thomas is an excellent all around player and has a good future ahead of her. He added that Benningfield is a good hitter with a bright future.
The two will join the fifth region team and will square off against the eighth region team in the University of Louisville’s softball stadium on June 10.