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Lady Knights have a down week

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team had a down week, losing four out of five games. Throughout the week, the Lady Knights played district rival Adair County at home, Mercer County on the road, and played three games in the Boyle County tournament held Friday and Saturday. This past week’s action takes Marion County’s record to 11-9.
“We are not playing well, but hopefully next week will be a better week with better results,” Head Coach Trent Milby said.

Marion County 1, Corbin 4
On Saturday morning, the Marion County Lady Knights softball team traveled to Danville to continue playing in the Boyle County tournament. The Lady Knights took on Corbin, and the Lady Redhounds would take advantage of four hits and four walks to take the victory, beating Marion County 4-1. The Lady Knights’ record now stands at 11-9 after last week’s games.      
Marion County was able to get a few runners on base throughout the first six innings, but couldn’t capitalize until the seventh inning, where they scored one run. However, it was too little too late after the Lady Knights had allowed Corbin to score three runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth. Marion County’s defense did not have any errors in the ball game despite the loss.
The Lady Knights had four hits in the game, one each from Colleen Rakes, Allison Mattingly, Casey Walls, and Evan Thompson.
Ashley Walls took the loss from the mound, allowing four runs off of four hits and four walks. Walls struck out three Corbin batters and also hit one batter.
    R    H    E
Marion     0    0    0    0    0    0    1 -  1   4   0
Corbin      0    0    0    3    1    0    0 -  4    4    1

Marion County 4, Collins 10
The Marion County Lady Knights softball team played Collins High School in the second game of the Boyle County tournament Friday night. After five and a half innings, the game was called due to the time limit, and Marion County lost the game 10-4, taking their overall record to 11-8.
Marion County was able to pick up a quick run in the first inning off of two hits, but the defense allowed Collins to score three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first inning off of three hits and an error. The Lady Knights wouldn’t pick up another run until the top of the fifth inning, but Collins was able to pick up two runs in the third inning and four in the fourth inning.  Collins also scored another run in the fifth, giving them a 10-2 advantage. In the top of the sixth, Marion County was able to put two more runs on the scoreboard off of two hits, two Collins errors, and one sacrifice, cutting the lead to 10-4. However, time was called after the top half, giving Collins the win with the final score of 10-4.
Jordan Thomas and Ann Morgan Reynolds led the Lady Knights’ offense with two hits each. Allison Mattingly, Emily Fenwick, Tiffany Sapp, and Casey Walls each contributed one hit.
Allye Hamilton took the loss on the mound for the Lady Knights, allowing 10 runs off of 11 hits, no walks, and three strikeouts.

    R     H     E
Marion   1    0    0    0    1    2    x - 4    8    2
Collins    3   0   2   4   1    0    x - 10    11    5

Marion County 1, Garrard County 0
Friday afternoon, the Marion County Lady Knights softball team traveled to Danville to play in the Boyle County tournament. Their first opponent was the Garrard County Lady Lions. The Lady Knight defense was able to hold Garrard County scoreless and finished the game with a 1-0 win, taking their overall record to 11-7.
Marion County would not have a great offensive game, only having three hits, but it would be enough to hold off the Lady Lions. In the sixth inning, the Lady Knights would finally capitalize on two hits, picking up one run, which would be enough to win the game. Garrard County outhit Marion County with five hits of their own, but the Lady Knight defense would keep the runners from reaching home and scoring any runs.
For the Lady Knights’ offense, Jordan Thomas led the way with two of the team’s three hits, with Allison Mattingly chipping in the other hit.
Ashley Walls took the win on the mound for Marion County, holding Garrard County scoreless and giving up five hits.  Walls walked one batter and struck out four in the contest.
    R    H    E
Marion      0   0    0    0    0    1    0 -     1   3    0
Garrard     0   0    0    0    0   0   0 -  0    5    0
Marion County 0, Mercer County 4
On Thursday  of last week, the Marion County Lady Knights softball team went on the road to take on Mercer County. Marion County couldn’t manage to get on the scoreboard in the game, allowing Mercer County to take a 4-0 win, putting the Lady Knights’ overall record at 10-7.  
Marion County couldn’t get their offense going, only having one hit in the game from Allison Mattingly, and striking out 13 times. The Lady Knights did manage to get on base five times; one from a hit, once off of a Mercer County error, and Colleen Rakes reached base three times off of walks. However, the team couldn’t capitalize and were held scoreless by Mercer County.
Ashley Walls took the loss from the mound, allowing Mercer County to score four runs off of four hits. Walls did not walk a batter and struck out three.

    R    H    E
Marion         0   0   0   0    0   0   0 -  0    1    2
Mercer          1  0   0   3    0    0    0 - 4    4    1

Marion County 0, Adair County 7
The Marion County Lady Knights softball team hosted the Adair County Lady Indians Wednesday night. The Lady Knights had attempted to play that game on Monday of last week, but rain postponed the game. Marion County would never manage to push a run across the scoreboard, and would lose to Adair County by a final score of 7-0. This loss would put the Lady Knights’ overall record at 10-6, and would allow Adair County to pass Marion County in the district standings, giving Adair the No. 1 seed in the district.
It was a disappointing loss that cost us the No. 1 seed,” Milby said. “I just hope we get another shot at them in the district finals. We will play Taylor County in district.”
On Wednesday, the game was picked up where it was left off on Monday. Adair County was leading 1-0 off of an error and a RBI triple, and Marion County had failed to score. In the third inning, the Lady Knights managed to get a couple of base runners off of a double by Colleen Rakes and a walk, but could not capitalize. Marion County would only have three more players reach base in the game, and the Lady Knights just couldn’t get their offense going on this night.
The Lady Indians took advantage of two big innings, the third and the sixth, scoring three runs in each of these, to put the Lady Knights away and take control of the district standings.  
Only three players for the Marion County softball team reached base with a hit.  Allison Mattingly and Colleen Rakes each contributed a double, and Ashley Walls chipped in a single.
Allye Hamilton took the loss on the mound for the Lady Knights. Hamilton and the defense allowed seven runs, with Hamilton giving up 10 hits, walking one, and striking out one batter.  
    R    H    E
Adair     1   0    3    0    0    3    0 -  7    3    0
Marion      0    0    0    0    0    0    0 -  0  10  2