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Lady Knights take two

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By Jessica Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights softball team only had two games last week, both on the road. The Lady Knights played Danville on Monday night and traveled to Boyle County on Thursday night. Marion County easily handled Danville 16-2 and also defeated Boyle by a score of 7-3. This takes the Lady Knights softball team’s record to 4-1 on the season. Marion County will travel to Russell County April 8-9 to compete in the Lady Laker Classic.
According to Head Coach Trent Milby, the Lady Knights have room for improvement.
“We need to get better defensively, which we will as the season goes forward,” he said.

Marion County 16, Danville 2
Marion County would only allow Danville to score two runs in the softball game Monday night, and the Lady Knights would score 16 of their own on 14 hits.  After the first inning, in which both teams were scoreless, the Lady Knights scored often to pick up the win in just five innings of play. They would score three runs in the second inning, four in the third, five in the fourth, and four in the fifth to defeat Danville by a final score of 16-2 to take their record to 3-1.
The Lady Knights offense was very efficient in this outing, with seven of nine Marion County batters having at least one hit. Allison Mattingly, Colleen Rakes, and Casey Walls paced the Lady Knights with three hits each, while Ann Morgan Reynolds added two. Three batters for Marion County collected one hit.
Ashley Walls took the win on the mound, pitching four innings. In this appearance, Walls gave up six hits and struck out four batters, not allowing any walks. Allye Hamilton pitched the fifth inning for the Lady Knights.
                                                   R     H    E
Marion County  0    3    4    5    4 - 16  14    2
Danville           0    0    1    0    1 -   2    6    5

Marion County 7, Boyle County 3
Marion County didn’t waste any time in the top half of the first inning as they took advantage of two walks, one hit, and a sacrifice fly to score three runs.  The Lady Knights would score again in the fourth inning and three in the fifth off of a Jordan Thomas 3 RBI hit. Marion County wouldn’t allow Boyle County to get on the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Lady Rebels used two hits, an error, and a sacrifice to manufacture one run. The Lady Knights would not score again in the game. However, in the bottom of the seventh, Boyle County could only manage two more runs, and Marion County held on to win the game 7-3. This win took their season record to 4-1.
Jordan Thomas had two hits for the Lady Knights to lead the offense, while Ann Morgan Reynolds and Emily Fenwick each added one hit.  
Allye Hamilton had a solid performance on the mound to get the win. Hamilton held the Lady Rebels to three runs in the outing, giving up six hits, walking three batters, and striking out four.
“We had some timely hits and scored four of our seven runs on two outs,” Milby said.
He said that this was a good win for the Lady Knights.

                                                                R    H    E
Marion County  3    0    0    1    3    0    0 -  7    4    3
Boyle County    0    0    0    0    1    0    2 -  3    6    6