The Lady Marshals softball team won four straight games last week, the streak highlighted by a 4-3 win against the state’s seventh-ranked team, Christian County, and a pair of wins in the Marshall County Round Robin.
“It was a big win for us,” coach Kara Hamby said. “Bats weren’t on fire, but we got hits late in the game when we needed them. Great defensive game as well.”
That victory came after a win on the road at Graves County April 15 to start the week. On Saturday, the Lady Marshals took easy wins over St. Mary and Crittenden County as they ran their record to 12-4.
This week features a pair of games against District 4 rivals. The Lady Marshals travel to Murray today and are at home against Calloway County on Thursday.
Murray was 11-10 with an unreported score from Friday in a game scheduled against Caldwell County.
The Lady Tigers had played only two other Kentucky teams, defeating Lyon County March 21 and Raceland 6-2 in a tournament at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The rest of their competition has been against teams from Tennessee, New York, Ohio and South Carolina.
Calloway County is 2-9 with one other game ending in a 3-3 tie in a tournament in Clarksville, Tenn.
None of the three teams has played a district game yet.
Marshall Co. 13,
Crittenden Co. 0
The Lady Marshals’ second game Saturday ended after 4-1/2 innings by the 10-run mercy rule. Toni Fehrenbacher had a three-run home run in the third inning.
Marshall County erupted for six runs and never looked back. Chaney Stearns opened the frame with a double.
Stearns was tagged out at third on a fielder’s choice, but the onslaught continued with three hit batters, two errors and two wild pitches.
They added seven more in the third, with five singles, a triple by Buzz Ray and Fehrenbacher’s homer.
Crittenden Co. 000 00 – 0 3 2
Marshall Co. 067 0x – 13 10 1
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: Kyla Moss
Marshall Co. 9,
St. Mary 1
Buzz Ray was 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to lead the win over the Lady Vikings on Saturday in the first of two games in the Lady Marshall Round Robin.
Abby Fiessinger was 2-for-3 and Mallory Young 2-for-4 for Marshall County. Both had doubles and Fiessinger drove in two runs.
The Lady Marshals took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Young doubled and Ray was hit by a pitch. Fiessinger’s single opened the scoring by driving in Young. Ray scored when Payton Smothers grounded out to third and Fiessinger made it 3-0 when she came home on a wild pitch.
The lead grew to 4-0 before St. Mary got its only run in the top of the fifth.
Marshall County added two more runs in the fifth on Ray’s two-run homer and tacked on three more scores in the sixth.
St. Mary 000 010 0 – 1 5 2
Marshall Co. 301 023 x – 9 9 1
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: Rachel Denkins
Marshall Co. 4,
Christian Co. 3
At Hopkinsville on April 16, the Lady Marshals and Lady Colonels had to go nine innings before Marshall County got the victory.
Maggie Glass walked and scored to give Christian County a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
The Lady Marshals, who failed to get a runner on base through four innings, tied it in the top of the fifth when Abby Fiessinger doubled, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Payton Smothers and came home on a single by Chaney Stearns.
The game went into extra innings knotted at 1-1, and Marshall County took a 3-1 lead as Fiessinger and Harrell had singles and scored.
Christian County answered with two runs of its own, tying it at 3-3.
In the top of the ninth, pitcher Toni Fehrenbacher was placed on second, then advanced to third on a single by Mallory Young and scored on a sacrifice fly by Fiessinger.
The Lady Colonels’ Kaitlin Harris was placed on second to start the bottom of the inning, but courtesy runner Hallie Hendricks was caught stealing second. After Morgan Cunningham flied out, Jakwayla Davie doubled, but MacKenzie Wyatt flied to center to end the game.
Marshall Co. 000 010 021 – 4 5 1
Christian Co. 001 000 020 – 3 4 0
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: Alexis Sumner
Marshall Co. 9,
Graves Co. 5
The week began with a victory over Graves County at Mayfield, with Mallory Young leading an offensive assault with a 4-for-5 performance that included a first-inning triple.
Buzz Ray also had a triple as the Lady Marshals jumped on top 4-0 in the opening frame.
Graves came back with four runs in the bottom of the third to tie it, but the Lady Marshals went back ahead with two runs in the top of the fourth and added three more in the fifth. A single run in the bottom of the fifth was all the Lady Eagles could muster in response.
Lexie Miller, Ray and Hailey Harrell had RBI hits in the first-inning outburst.
After Graves tied the game, Abby Fiessinger had a two-run double to put the Lady Marshals back ahead for good.
Harrell, Caitlyn York and Young crossed the plate in the sixth to extend the lead to 9-4.
Toni Fehrenbacker picked up the win, striking out five and walking one.
Marshall Co. 400 230 0 – 9 13 2
Graves Co. 004 010 0 – 5 9 3
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: Casey Wade