to play well
By David Green
The Lady Marshals softball team ran its winning streak to nine games with a victory over seventh-ranked Reidland Thursday.
The streak was snapped in a 3-2 loss to Bowling Green Friday in the Owensboro Sports Warehouse tournament, but coach Kara Hamby was not discouraged.
“We didn’t play as well as we did against Reidland,” she said. “We had the opportunities to score more runs” against Bowling Green.
But the win over Reidland, a Region 1 power, overcame all negative thoughts.
The week started and ended with rain, with a washout of a home game against Union County on April 29 and of three Lady Marshal games scheduled on Saturday in the second day of the Owensboro tournament.
Prior to the victory at Reidland, the Lady Marshals knocked off Graves County 10-0 on April 30.
The 4-0 defeat of the Lady Greyhounds was only the third of the season for Reidland, which has lost twice to No. 4 Lone Oak. Marshall County coach Kara Hamby called it a “great win.”
The Lady Greyhounds will get a chance to avenge that loss when they visit for Saturday’s round robin at Marshall County.
Before the round robin, a busy week was slated to get under way on Monday with a visit by Livingston Central. Murray visits today for a District 4 game at 5:30. The Lady Tigers, 12-14 overall, are 0-3 with a loss at home to Marshall County on April 23. The Lady Marshals are 3-0 in district play.
Another district contest is set for Thursday when Marshall County travels to Calloway County. The Lady Lakers are 5-12 overall but have a 2-1 district slate, the loss coming April 25 at Marshall County.
The week concludes with the second round-robin event of the season at the Lady Marshals’ field. Marshall County plays Reidland at 9 a.m., Massac County at 1 p.m. and Crittenden County at 3 p.m.
Marshall Co. 10,
Graves Co. 0
Senior centerfielder Mallory Young was 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead the Lady Marshals to a mercy-rule win.
Toni Fehrenbacher struck out four and walked none in the four-hit shutout performance.
Young doubled to open the bottom of the first inning and scored on Lexee Miller’s grounder to shortstop.
The Lady Marshals added two more with two outs in the second, with courtesy runner Megan Renfrow scoring on a wild pitch and Chaney Stearns, who doubled, coming home on an RBI single by Young.
Then Payton Smother, Hailey Harrell and Stearns all singled and scored in the third to make it 6-0. Young’s double drove in Stearns.
Abby Fiessinger singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Harrell in the fourth to make it 7-0, and the Marshals ended the game by building the lead to 10 runs in the fifth, when Renfrow, again running in place of Fehrenbacher, and Stearns came home on a single by Young. Then Young got the 10th run when Buzz Ray reached on a fielder’s choice.
Graves Co. 000 00 – 0 4 0
Marshall Co. 12313 – 10 15 0
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: McKenzie Payne
Marshall Co. 4,
Region 1 power Reidland got only two runners past first base and only one as far as third in suffering only its second shutout loss of the season.
Junior righthander Toni Fehrenbacher ran her record to 15-4, striking out only one but getting 10 groundball outs and walking only one Lady Greyhound batter in a steady performance.
Marshall County made the most of its opportunities on offense. Freshman catcher Abby Fiessinger was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Payton Smothers and Chaney Stearns had doubles as Marshall County rapped out seven hits against Lady Greyhound freshman Hannah Ridolfi.
Lauren Cartwright had two of the four hits surrendered by Marshall County pitcher Toni Fehrenbacher.
Marshall County struck early, with leadoff batter Mallory Young opening the game with a base hit. She was sacrificed to second by Lexee Miller and then scored on Fiessinger’s hard grounder up the middle.
That would be all the Lady Marshals would need, but they added insurance runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Fiessinger walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Fehrenbacher in the fourth, Stearns doubled and scored on another RBI single by Fiessinger in the fifth and Young walked and scored the final run.
Marshall Co. 100 110 1 – 4 7 1
Reidland 000 000 0 – 0 4 1
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: Hannah Ridolfi
Bowling Green 3,
Marshall Co. 2
A pitcher’s duel between Marshall County’s Toni Fehrenbacher and Bowling Green’s Kathryn Downing required an extra inning before the issue could be decided.
Bowling Green took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on an unearned run. Sarah Brooks reached and advanced to second on an error, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on another Lady Marshal error.
Marshall County tied it in the bottom of the fourth when Abby Fiessinger tripled and came home on Payton Smothers’ line drive single to center field.
The Lady Marshals got the winning run in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh when Chaney Stearns and Mallory Young had back-to-back singles with one out, but Stearns was retired at third on a fielder’s choice and Buzz Ray popped up to send the game into extra innings.
Bowling Green scored twice on a single, a hit batter and two Marshall County errors in the top of the eighth.
Marshall County got back one of the runs when Ray, who was placed on second, advanced to third on walks to Smothers and Fehrenbacher and then scored when Caitlyn York hit a pop-up to the infield. The ball dropped among three defenders, and York reached on an error. But Smothers was tagged out at home trying to score the tying run.
Fehrenbacher gave up only two hits. She struck out five and walked four. Downing got both base hits for the Purples. Fehrenbacher drew two of the five walks issued by Downing.
B. Green 001 000 02 – 3 2 2
Marshall Co. 000 100 01 – 2 6 6
WP: Kathryn Downing LP: Toni Fehrenbacher