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Lady Knights extend winning streak to seven

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team won district home games against Campbellsville and Taylor County and road games at Washington County and Danville last week. The Lady Knights improved to 13-5 overall and 4-0 in the district.
“A great week for our team,” Coach Todd Spalding said. “We have put ourselves in a great position to win our district and obtain the No. 1 seed which is critical. This will be a huge week for us. We finish district play and then play Boyle County, East Jessamine and Lexington Catholic, all three of which are among the better teams in the state.”

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Marion County 16, Danville 7
The Lady Knights visited Danville on Friday. Despite not having Ashley Walls for the second game in a row, Marion County had solid pitching thanks to Haley Mattingly. The offense came alive with 17 hits in the victory.
Abby Miles and Kenlee Stout had three hits each, and they combined for nine RBI. Stout had two home runs in the game, while Miles added one of her own. Taylor Wade, Lauren Farmer, Kylie Benningfield, Colleen Rakes, and Kendall Benningfield each contributed two hits.
Haley Mattingly picked up the win after facing 30 batters and giving up seven hits and seven walks. Mattingly struck out two batters in the contest.
“The same pitcher that held us to four hits and one run last year, we had 17 hits and 16 runs against,” Coach Spalding said. “I think that says something about our offensive improvement.”
Marion Co.   440 031 4 – 16 17 1
Danville       002 401 0 – 7  10 1

The Lady Knights junior varsity scored in all three innings to defeat Danville, 8-1. Six Marion County players had one hit each in the game, including a two-run home run by Kylie Benningfield. Kenlee Stout was the winning pitcher.

Marion County 12, Washington County 1
The Lady Knights allowed one run and six hits in a win over host Washington County Thursday.
The Lady Knightsjumped out to an early 4-0 start and never looked back, adding two runs in the fourth and six in the sixth inning to put the game away. Marion County won 12-1.
The Lady Knights had 13 hits in the game, with Taylor Wade, Kylie Benningfield, Colleen Rakes and McKenzie Reynolds each collecting two hits.
Haley Mattingly was the winning pitcher. She faced 26 batters and gave up six hits and three walks. She struck out three.
“We played well in all aspects,” Coach Spalding said. “My fifth grader, Haley Mattingly, picked up the first of many varsity wins she will have.”

Marion Co.  400 206 x - 12 13 1
Wash. Co.   000 100 x – 1  6  6

The Marion County junior varsity softball team lost to Washington County, 8-6. The Lady Knights managed just four hits. Kenlee Stout suffered the loss from the mound for Marion County.

Marion County 6, Taylor County 5
The Lady Knights were tied 1-1 with visiting Taylor County at April 16 until the bottom of the sixth inning when Marion County used four hits, two Lady Cardinal errors, and a hit batter to score five runs for a 6-1 lead. Taylor County scored four runs in the seventh inning, but Marion County held on to win, 6-5.
As a team, the Lady Knights had eight hits. Ashley Walls lead the way with two hits, including a solo home run. Walls also was the winning pitcher, facing 30 batters, giving up eight hits and no walks, and striking out two batters.
“Great effort in this game by Ashley Walls,” Coach Spalding said. “She pitched with a 101-degree fever and battled on the mound the entire game and had two hits including a home run. Ashley is an unbelievable competitor with a tremendous will to win. She’s a special player.”

Taylor Co.  100 000 4 – 5 8 2
Marion Co. 010 005 x – 6 8 2

The junior varsity defeated Taylor County, 7-5. Marion County had 10 hits in the game. Kendall Benningfield finished with three hits, and Cassidy Logsdon chipped in two hits. Haley Mattingly was the winning pitcher.

Marion County 17, Campbellsville 0
The Lady Knights dominated visiting Campbellsville April 15, defeating the Lady Eagles, 17-0. The Lady Knights used 12 hits, solid pitching from Ashley Walls, and Lady Eagle miscues to put the game away in three innings.
Lauren Farmer, Walls and Kylie Benningfield led Marion County with two hits each. Walls picked up the win after facing only nine batters and not allowing any hits or walks. Walls struck out four of the nine batters she faced.
“We hit the ball hard and put pressure on their defense,” Coach Spalding said. “We played really well and they played very bad leading to a lopsided result.”
    
C’ville         00 0 xxx x –  0   0   8
Marion Co.  611x xxx x – 17 12 0

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team was in action Monday and Tuesday in district games at Campbellsville and at Adair County. The team will visit Boyle County Thursday night, and travel to Jessamine Friday and Saturday to play in the Jaguar Classic.