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Marion County All-Stars 9-10 and 11-12 softball teams both won district titles and will advance to the Kentucky State Little League All Star tournament in Springfield. State play will begin Sunday, July 6, at Idle Hour Park.
Meanwhile, in Lexington, the eight and under team placed fourth in the 8U Whitney Roberts Memorial Tournament. Scores were not available for the eight and under team.
Marion County began its Little League state title defense on Saturday with a lopsided victory over host Adair County. Marion County plated 11 runners in the top of the first inning, and there after held back its offense to keep from embarrasing the other team. Carly Jo Thomas pitched a two-hitter and struck out nine batters to take player of the game honors. Grace Farmer’s first inning two-run single began the Marion County onslaught and it never looked back.
Marion County 11 2 0 2 - 15
Adair County 0 0 0 0 - 0
In the other district semifinal, Washington County beat Russell County by erasing a two-run sixth inning deficit to win, 11-8. However, in the district final Marion County scored the first eight runs and never gave Washington County a chance to get back into the game.
Savannah Benningfield’s key two-run single in the second inning gave Marion County a 5-0 lead at that time. Benningfield was named player of the game for her two run-producing hits leading to five RBIs.
Abby Ford scored two runs for Marion County and Carly Jo Thomas got the win holding Washington County to one earned run and three hits, while striking out eight.
Marion Co. 230 320 - 10
Washington Co. 000 200 - 2
Marion County kicked off Little League district play June 21 against the host team from Adair County Little League in Columbia. Weather delayed the game, but Marion County put the game out of reach with 10 runs in the top of the third inning.
Maggie Overstreet won the Player of the Game Award for her one-hit pitching performance.
Marion County had 14 hits for the game.
Marion Co. 1310 3 - 17
Adair Co. 10 0 0 - 1
Marion County traveled back to Columbia on Sunday to face Russell County for the district champonship. Russell County beat Washington County on Saturday, 13-3, to advance to the final. Marion County scored its first three batters of the game to take the lead and never to give it back.
Maggie Overstreet scored the win, striking out five and walking only one. Amber Farris was named the player of the game for her work catching and her 2 for 2 batting.
Russell County threatened in the sixth inning with runners at second and third base with no outs, but the rally was blunted by second baseman Alex Wheeler’s behind the back catch.
Russell Co. 100 002 - 3
Marion Co. 330 00x - 6