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The Marion County Lady Knights softball team traveled to Nelson County High School to compete in the 5th Region Tournament May 27. The Lady Knights made it to the regional tournament after winning their first round district game against Campbellsville. Marion County drew Central Hardin, and played the Lady Bruins on Memorial Day.
Neither team scored in the first inning, despite Marion County’s Abby Miles reaching second base after taking advantage of a Central Hardin miscue. The Lady Knights would have another runner on base in the fourth inning after Ashley Walls drew a walk with two outs. Walls was also stranded on base. As a team, the Lady Knights had no hits and 12 strikeouts in the 2-0 loss.
The Marion County defense allowed Central Hardin to have a runner on second base in both the second and third innings, but did give up runs in those innings. However, in the bottom of the fourth inning, the leadoff batter hit a solo home run to give Central Hardin the 1-0 lead. Another batter would get a double in the same inning, but was stranded on second base. In the fifth inning, Marion County gave up another run to the Lady Bruins on two hits and an error to trail 2-0 going into the sixth inning.
Walls suffered the loss for Marion County, giving up eight hits and no walks. Walls struck out three Central Hardin batters, and was selected for the 5th Region All-Tournament team for the Lady Knights.
“Central Hardin is certainly one of the six or seven best teams in the state,” Marion County Coach Todd Spalding said. “We were completely dominated at the plate by Jessica Nall who is outstanding. Our hitters were totally overmatched, which is extremely disappointing.”
Coach Spalding said Walls pitched great.
“She only made one bad pitch the entire game to McGuffin who is a Division One prospect and she hit it out,” he said. “That was the only earned run of the game. We also played very well on defense and only made one error which ended up costing us a run.”
Marion County 000 000 0 – 0 0 1
Central Hardin 000 110 x – 2 8 1
After falling to Central Hardin in the first round of the regional tournament to end the Lady Knights’ softball season, Coach Spalding reflected on this past season.
“We faced considerable adversity this season and had our ups and downs,” he said. “We played extremely well at times and very poorly at other times. However, we won 23 games which was the third most in the region and won our second straight regular season district championship. We had probably the second most successful season in school history. Our team only loses one senior so we expect to be good next season. However, we must get better offensively and be more consistent on defense. It mainly depends on how hard these kids are willing to work. We now have an indoor facility at the park. The kids from Central Hardin I am told practically live in their facility year round. To be as good as they are we must have the same commitment.”