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The Marion County Lady Knights fought tooth and nail to win two of their four games last week.
After falling in their first game against the Central Hardin Lady Bruins, the Lady Knights (15-8) took two victories against the Adair County Lady Indians and The LaRue County Lady Hawks. They would seal their week of play with a loss against the Green County Dragons.
It has been a decade since the Lady Knights have beaten the Dragons (21-10), and unfortunately, they may have to wait another to year before trying again.
On May 9, the Lady Knights once again fell to the Dragons, this time 11-1 in seven innings.
According to KHSAA’s website, the last time the Lady Knights trumped the Dragons was in 2004. They beat them 5-0.
In last week’s game, the Lady Knights went in swinging and would not stop.
Left fielder Tori Rawlings scored Marion County’s only run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice by sophomore center fielder Jarie Newby.
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The Lady Knights added another win by defeating the Lady Indians (13-8), 7-1, on May 7.
Defense was one of the Lady Knights’ strong suits after sixth grade pitcher Haley Mattingly dealt nine strikeouts.
“My battery tonight was a sixth grader throwing to a seventh grader,” Lady Knights Coach Todd Spalding said.
Catching for the Lady Knights was provided by seventh grader Cassidy Logsdon.
On top of pitching, the field played well together. A double play in the fifth inning quickly ended the Lady Indians chance to score, and a timely catch by senior outfielder Colleen Rakes ended the game.
The Lady Knights’ offense was also top notch for the night.
“We hit the ball very well,” Spalding said. “…it was a great overall effort.”
In the first, Rakes was driven in by sophomore third baseman Kylie Benningfield. Benningfield would in turn make a run on a by Wade.
Scoring would continue in the third, fourth, and sixth.
The victory left the Lady Knights sitting sixth in the region.
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For the second time this season, the Lady Knights defeated the Lady Hawks (13-12) on May 6.
The Lady Hawks’ guns were silenced after the first inning leaving them scoreless in six innings as the Lady Knights added four in the first and third innings and one more run in the seventh.
According to Game Changer, freshman pitcher Jordan Thomas and junior second baseman Mckenzie Reynolds led the charge with two runs each.
Thomas and sixth grade pitcher Haley Mattingly took to the mound against the Lady Hawks. Thomas would take 6 2/3 innings and allow four hits.
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LaRue Co 100 000 0 - 1 4 4
The Lady Knights opened their week by falling to the Lady Bruins, 11-0, on May 5.
Already up by one in the third, the Lady Bruins (28-2) widened the gap by scoring seven runs.
According to Game Changer, freshman pitchers Allison Maupin and Jordan Thomas would pitch the game with only Thomas dealing a strikeout against their foe.
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