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The Marion County Lady Knights softball team played three games last week. The team’s record now stands at 19-8 going into the final week of regular season play.
“A very disappointing week of softball,” Head Coach Todd Spalding said. “In order for us to have a realistic chance of advancing deep into the postseason some things have to change and change fast. We have entirely too much moping, pouting and self-pity among some. We still have time to get this right but with one week left in the regular season that time is running short.”
Marion County 3, LaRue County 2
The Lady Knights traveled to LaRue County May 7 and came away with a 3-2 win over the Lady Hawks.
As a team the Lady Knights had 11 hits with Kylie Benningfield leading the offense with three hits. Ashley Walls and Colleen Rakes each chipped in two hits.
Walls was the winning pitcher for Marion County giving up two runs off of three hits and no walks. Walls struck out seven batters.
“We were a bit rusty in this game having only played one game in 10 days,” Spalding said. “We also struggled with finding a key hit with runners in scoring position for much of the game, which has been a problem all season. Kylie Benningfield stepped up with a big hit to tie the score and then Ashley Walls had a huge hit in the seventh to win it for us. I thought Ashley threw the ball extremely well on the mound.”
Marion Co. 000 002 1 – 3 11 1
Larue Co. 100 100 0 – 2 3 1
The Lady Knights junior varsity team was also in action against LaRue County, losing 11-5. As a team the JV Lady Knights had four hits, with Cassidy Logsdon, Kendall Benningfield, Lauren Farmer and Rebekah Taylor each having one hit. Haley Mattingly suffered the loss from the mound, giving up 11 runs off of eight hits and five walks, while striking out three batters.
Marion County 5, Danville 2
The Lady Knights softball team hosted Danville May 8. Marion County scored two runs in the first and second innings, and the defense only allowed Danville two runs in the game. The Lady Knights won by a final score of 5-2, taking their record to 19-7.
The Lady Knights had nine hits as a team. Taylor Wade, Abby Miles and Colleen Rakes each chipped in two hits in the win to lead the offense.
Haley Mattingly was the winning pitcher for Marion County, pitching four innings, giving up three hits and three walks. Mattingly struck out two batters. Ashley Walls pitched three innings for the Lady Knights, giving up four hits and striking out three Danville batters.
“We scored four runs early and then basically quit playing for the balance of the game,” Spalding said. “This is a team that we should have beaten by 10 runs and we found a way to make the game close.”
Danville 000 010 1 – 2 7 2
Marion Co. 220 001 x – 5 9 2
Green County 8, Marion County 3
The Marion County Lady Knights softball team went on the road Thursday night to play Green County. Marion County gave up six runs to the Lady Dragons in the first two innings and eight runs before they scored themselves, two runs in the fifth inning and one in the top of the seventh. However, with six hits in the game, the Lady Knights fell to Green County by a final score of 8-3, taking their overall record to 19-8.
Lauren Farmer led the Lady Knights’ offense with two hits.
Ashley Walls suffered the loss on the mound for Marion County, giving up 12 hits and two walks, while striking out four batters.
“I was embarrassed and the players should have been also about this game,” Spalding said. “There is not one player who played in this game who should have felt good about their performance. We played terribly in every aspect. We allowed Green County to take the fight to us and we played on our heels the entire game.”
Marion Co. 000 020 1 – 3 6 0
Green Co. 330 200 x – 8 12 0
The Marion County junior varsity softball team fell behind 8-2 against Green County Thursday, but battled back to win 17-11. T
The Lady Knights had 13 hits, with Kendall Benningfield and Kenlee Stout pacing the offense with four hits each. Kylie Benningfield added two hits. The Lady Knights drew 10 walks in the win.
Haley Mattingly was the winning pitcher for Marion County, giving up seven hits and two walks, while striking out five Green County batters.
“I was extremely proud of our junior varsity team in this game,” Coach Spalding said. “This is the first time we have beat Green County in a junior varsity game in a long time. Kendall Benningfield, Cassidy Logsdon and Kenlee Stout had huge games.”