DRAFFENVILLE – The hits were big ones, not unusual for the potent offense of the Lady Marshals. But they were few and far between, and the opponent had far more hits, big ones and small ones alike.
The result was a dominant 10-0 victory by top-rated Lone Oak in the semifinals of the Region 1 tournament Tuesday, and the end of the season for Marshall County at 18-11.
The Lady Flash rocked Marshall County with 16 base hits, including four doubles and a two-run home run by Sarah Kreuter. Three of the Lady Marshals’ four hits were doubles.
Lone Oak was favored, but the Lady Marshals were responsible for one of their four regular-season losses, a 5-4 decision April 10 at Draffenville. That win came in dramatic fashion, with a three-run walk-off home run by Buzz Ray lifting Marshall County to the victory.
In two more meetings between the two teams, the Lady Flash won 4-1 May 12 in the Lady Colonel Classic in Hopkinsville and 5-1 in a meeting at Lone Oak two days later.
In the region clash, after pitcher Toni Fehrenbacher and the Lady Marshals retired three of the first four Lone Oak batters, junior center fielder Mallory Young led off with a double off Lone Oak’s Jenny Chapman. Young went to third on a stolen base, but Chapman sat down the next three batters.
The next inning, the Flash offense went to work. Three consecutive singles and a double netted three runs, and another two-base hit was recorded before the side was retired on a rundown that caught Jacqueline Roof between third and home.
Lone Oak added two runs in the third inning on Kreuter’s homer, two more in the fourth, an eighth run in the sixth and two more in the final frame.
Meanwhile, the Lady Marshals got only five more batters on base. Two of those came on errors, one on a single and two on doubles, one by junior second baseman Shelby Tyree in the third and another by Abby Fiessinger, the Lady Marshals’ eighth-grade catcher, in the sixth.
Bailey “Mushy” Murphy, another eighth-grader, made it as far as third base after reaching on an error in the third and freshman Chaney Stearns advanced to third after singling to open the bottom of the fifth.
With only two strikeouts through the first six innings, Chapman fanned two of the last three batters she faced and retired the other on a ground ball back to the circle that she fielded cleanly and threw to first base for the putout.
The loss came after both teams advanced easily in the first round on Monday with shutout victories by MC over Ballard Memorial, 3-0, and by Lone Oak over Carlisle County, 10-0.
Lone Oak turned back District 2 rival Reidland 5-4 to win the region title on Wednesday.
Reidland gained the finals with a 2-1 semifinal win over District 4 runner-up Murray.
The Lady Flash, 35-4, move on to the state tournament with a first-round game against Green County at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro.
LO 0 3 2 2 0 1 2 – 10 16 2
MC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 4 1
Jenny Chapman and Kionna Waldon; Toni Fehrenbacher and Abby Fiessinger WP: Chapman LP: Fehrenbacher HR: Sarah Kreuter, LO
Marshall Co. 3
Ballard Mem. 0
DRAFFENVILLE – The Lady Bombers, who fell 11-1 and 14-1 in two regular-season meetings with Marshall County, proved to be a much more stubborn opponent in the region. Ballard advanced after taking runner-up honors to Graves County in the District 3 tourney.
The game was stopped at 12:20 p.m. after completion of the fourth inning because of heat. The interruption of play turned into a delay of four hours, 40 minutes before the game resumed at 5 p.m.
Before and after the suspension of play, Ballard pitcher Natalie Lawrence scattered nine hits, struck out five and walked only two, making the Lady Marshals work hard for runs. Two of them came on a first-inning home run by junior third baseman Buzz Ray and the final run came on a sacrifice fly by Mallory Young that drove in Chaney Stearns, who had singled to lead off the inning.
Ray smacked her third home run of the season to drive in Young, who led off with a single and stole second.
Marshall County had two other extra-base hits, back-to-back doubles in the third inning by Young and Stearns, and Ray drew a walk to load the bases. But Young was forced at home on a fielder’s choice by Abby Fiessinger, and Lawrence got the last two outs on a pop-up and a ground ball to third.
Ballard ends the season 13-21.
BM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 5 0
MC 2 0 0 0 0 1 x – 3 9 2
Natalie Lawrence and Brittany Leidecker; Toni Fehrenbacher and Abby Fiessinger WP: Fehrenbacher LP: Lawrence HR: Buzz Ray, MC