SOFTBALL: Lady Knights held scoreless, lose on unearned run

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By Gerard Flanagan

A misjudged throw in the fifth and a poor showing from the bats doomed Marion County in their opening game of the Lady Cardinal Classic Saturday in Campbellsville. 
The Lady Knights fell to the Glasgow Lady Scotties, 1-0. 
"We struck out 10 times and had three errors.  You cannot win a game with that kind of statistic," Head Coach Jonathan Spalding said. 
The only run scored by either came in the top of the fifth when a Glasgow runner reached home off a throwing error. Marion County's two hits came from Abby Scott and Kendall Benningfield. Haley Mattingly struck out seven batters in the loss. 


              1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Glasgow  0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 1 5 0
MCHS      0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 3

Three-Run third sends Marion County to loss
The Holy Cross (Louisville) Cougars struck for three runs in the third inning and the No. 22 ranked team in the state held on for a 5-2 win against Marion County. The loss dropped the Lady Knights to 5-5 on the season. 
"Holy Cross is probably underrated at 22 in the state," Spalding said. "Hopefully playing a quality team like this will help us in the upcoming district games." 
Benningfield went 2-3 in the game with an RBI. 

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HOLY  0 0 3 0 0 1 1 - 5 12 0
MCHS  0 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 2  4 1

Marion County clinches third place in classic
Already reeling from two losses on the day and only mustering four hits in those losses, the Lady Knights looked to turn the page against Dixie Heights.
Did they ever, recording 15 hits and blowing out the Lady Colonels 10-0 in the third place game of the Classic. Spalding was glad to see his team bounce back from the two losses with a solid outing against Dixie Heights and improve their record to 6-5 after the game. 
"After struggling all day to score runs it was nice to get five in the first and get 15 hits for the game," he said. 
Spalding also applauded Mattingly's performance pitching in her games against Dixie Heights and Glasgow. Mattingly struck out 10 batters in the game against Dixie Heights. 
"You also have to applaud what Haley did today.  She pitched 12 innings in two games giving up no earned runs, striking out 17, walking only one and giving up only eight hits." 

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Dixie Heights    0 0 0 0 0 - 0  3 1
MCHS              5 0 0 2 3 - 10 15 0

Lady Knights march into thick of district play
District action heats up for Marion County next week with two games against Campbellsville and Taylor County. 
The Lady Knights will first make the 20-minute journey to take on the Lady Eagles at home at 6 p.m., Monday evening. Campbellsville began their regular season district play Monday evening against cross-city rival Taylor County; the Lady Eagles were in the midst of a seven game losing streak, with four losses coming on the sunny beaches of Florida in the Florida Beach Bash to Henry County,16-4, Webster County,11-1, Muhlenberg County,14-2, and Lexington Christian, 4-3. The seven-game losing streak sent Campbellsville from an impressive 4-1 start to a 4-8 record heading into their game against the Lady Cards. In their first five games, Campbellsville outscored opponents 60-14, but in the seven games since, they have been outscored 71-22. 
This season, Caitlin Bright leads Campbellsville in batting average among players with at least 10 at-bats, with an average of .600. Freshman Shallan Philpott is second among Lady Eagle players with at least 10 at-bats, posting a .444 average in seven games. Philpott also leads Campbellsville in RBI's with 10 through seven games as well. Catlyn Clausen has also given her team solid performances this season, hitting .333 with seven RBI's, six runs, and six hits in seven games. As a team, Campbellsville has a batting average of .329 in seven games. 
Campbellsville lost standout senior Paige Dabney to graduation; Dabney posted a batting average of .411 and was third on her team in RBI's with 22 and second in hits with 39. She also hit three home runs last season. Marion County Head Coach Jonathan Spalding had high praise for Dabney. 
"She was their best player," he said. "She was one of the best players in the region."
Marion County has had an impressive run of dominance against Campbellsville in recent memory; in fact, one has to go back to days of Head Coach Trent Milby to find the last time the Lady Knights defeated the Lady Eagles, which occurred on April 27, 2009 when Campbellsville won 7-4. 
"It’s been a long time since they beat us," Spalding said. "They have a respectful record but they're down this year. It's a district game and we need to win it. Every game is a new game." 
Marion County is back in action the next night at 6 p.m. against the Taylor County Lady Cardinals at home. The two teams previously squared off last night in Campbellsville. 
"A lot of this game will depend on what happens in the first three district games we play and they play," Spalding said. "It's hard to predict what will happen. The district championship might very well be between us. We'll know where everyone stands by the time we play."
Taylor County stood at 8-3 before opening their regular season district play against Campbellsville Monday night. 
With two district games on tap, Spalding said his players know the importance of the upcoming  games. 
"They know how important it is," he said. "These are the games that matter the most and I hope we carry through on that."