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Postseason on the diamond

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By Jessica Veatch

Well, as you are reading this column, the 5th Region softball tournament is already underway. The Marion County Lady Knights were scheduled to play on Monday in the tournament, but as I am typing this, due to an early deadline, I do not know their opponent or time of the game yet. However, I do know the tournament will be held in Nelson County.
The Lady Knights advanced to the 5th Region tournament after winning their first round district game against Campbellsville, who they had already beaten twice during the regular season, winning 17-0 and 20-0. The third time, Wednesday night at the Lindsey Wilson College softball field (which I am so jealous of, wishing I had been able to play on this field while I was at college at Lindsey Wilson), Marion County won the game 14-2, automatically giving them a game in the 5th Region tournament.
However, in the 20th District Tournament championship game, the Lady Knights fell to Taylor County 4-0, a team that Marion County had also beaten twice during the regular season, 5-1 and 6-5, giving them the runner-up trophy.  Hopefully, the Lady Knights will fare better in the regional tournament and be playing tonight in the 5th Region championship game for a chance to advance to the state tournament for the first time in school history. And hopefully the weather will cooperate and there will not be games cancelled during the regional tournament.
On the Knights’ side, the baseball team was also looking to advance to the 5th Region tournament, which is being held at North Hardin. Standing in their way was Taylor County, a team who Marion County had defeated twice during the regular season 6-5 and 10-8. However, the Knights couldn’t beat the Cardinals in the first round matchup of the 20th District Tournament, which was held Thursday night due rain the previous two nights, losing by a score of 8-5. Six seniors played their last high school baseball game, and Head Coach Chad Spalding coached his last ball game as the coach of the Marion County High School Knights baseball team, stepping down after 17 years. The Knights finished the season with an 18-13 record.
Track, tennis and now baseball have finished their spring seasons. School is over and only one spring sport continues playing, well I am hoping they still are as you are reading this. It seems like time goes by so fast sometimes, as it seems like only a few weeks ago I was writing a column about the spring sports beginning and how cold it was at games, meets or matches. Now instead of worrying about how many layers to wear to a game, it is usually whether or not to take an umbrella or how to stay cool. It is amazing how things can change from the beginning of the season to the end.
So there you have it, a recap of postseason play on the diamond, both the softball diamond and the baseball diamond. Good luck to the Lady Knights as they continue their postseason in the 5th Region tournament.