DRAFFENVILLE – Mallory Young said she was just trying to make solid contact and hit the ball on the ground.
She made solid contact, all right. But the ball didn’t touch the ground until after it cleared the left-centerfield fence. The two-run home run gave Marshall County an 8-6, extra-inning victory over Calloway County Thursday, clinching the top seed in the District 4 tournament.
“Actually, I was thinking, hit it on the ground,” Young said. “We even prepared for that during practice. And somehow I hit a home run.”
The victory was the highlight of a busy week for the Lady Marshals, who put themselves in position to clinch the district’s top spot with a 3-2 win over Murray at home Monday night.
That victory, like the one over Calloway, came in walk-off fashion, with Buzz Ray smacking a double to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, after Murray had forged a 2-2 tie in the top of the final frame.
In the round-robin series among the three teams, Marshall County won three of four games, sweeping Murray and splitting home-and-home with Calloway. Murray had one win over Calloway.
The two cross-town rivals will meet in the play-in game of the district tournament and the winner will meet Marshall County in the championship, with both advancing to the Region 1 tournament at Marshall County.
In between the two district games, Marshall County dropped a 3-1 decision at Heath Tuesday. During the weekend, the Lady Marshals won two of five games in the Lady Colonel Classic hosted by Christian County High School in Hopkinsville to run their season record to 15-9.
This final week of the regular season was scheduled to open with a game at Lone Oak Monday and conclude Saturday in the Calm Before the Storm tournament at Hopkins County Central in Madisonville.
Marshall Co. 3
DRAFFENVILLE – Buzz Ray’s shot to right field dropped for an RBI double, driving home Lexee Miller with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
The last-inning heroics were necessary because of a run by Murray in the top of the frame that tied the game for the second time at 2-2.
Earlier, Marshall County had gone on top with a run in the bottom of the second, only to see Murray forge a 1-1 tie in the fifth. Then, a pair of hits by Ray and Allee Moore in the sixth put the Lady Marshals back on top 2-1.
Ray was 2-for-4, while Miller, a seventh-grader, was 2-for-3.
M 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 – 2 5 0
MC 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 – 3 9 2
Harper and Moss; Toni Fehrenbacher and Abby Fiessinger WP: Fehrenbacher LP: Harper
Marshall Co. 1
WEST PADUCAH – Defensive lapses allowed the Lady Pirates to come up with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and spoiled a four-hit performance by pitcher Toni Fehrenbacher.
The Lady Marshals racked up nine hits, all singles, against Heath starter Cristen Hagood and reliever Neely Quint, who came on in the fourth inning. But the hits yielded only one run, that coming in the first inning on an RBI hit by Abby Fiessinger.
Fiessinger was 2-for-3 and Mallory Young 2-for-4 for Marshall County.
MC 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 9 3
H 0 0 0 0 0 3 x – 3 4 0
Toni Fehrenbacher and Abby Fiessinger; Cristen Hagood, Neely Quint (4) and Bailey Vick WP: Quint LP: Fehrenbacher
Marshall Co. 8
Calloway Co. 6
DRAFFENVILLE – One of several young players on the Lady Marshals squad, Lexee Miller, again figured prominently in a close game. After getting on base and scoring the winning run against Murray earlier in the week, Miller led off the eighth with a single against Calloway and then came home on Young’s home run.
“You’ve got to give Lexee Miller the credit,” MC coach Patricia Greer said. “When you’ve got a seventh-grader coming up in your eight spot and getting a hit the way she did to give Mallory that shot, that’s a testament to how hard these kids have worked this year.”
Another youngster, eighth-grader Bailey Murphy, very nearly executed a bunt to move Miller to second, but the ball, after Murphy directed it past a charging Calloway third baseman, rolled foul.
Murphy then struck out, but Young pounded her game-winner.
A game of back-and-forth momentum surges and lead changes was entertaining to watch. Given the flow of the game and the importance of it, things were a little nervy for the players.
“It was stressful,” Young said. “I would be really happy, and then I’d be really irritated.”
Senior Allee Moore agreed.
“It was very nerve-wracking, especially going into the eighth inning tied up with the bottom of the lineup coming up,” Moore said.
Buzz Ray, who drove in the winning run against Murray, was confident about Young’s hit.
“We definitely knew it was gone,” she said.
Young was 3-for-5, while Shelby Tyree, Moore and Murphy all had two hits for the Lady Marshals.
CC 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 – 6 14 3
MC 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 2 – 8 14 1
Brittany Reynolds and Karlee Wilson; Toni Fehrenbacher and Abby Fiessinger WP: Fehrenbacher LP: Reynolds HR: MC-Young
Lady Colonel Classic
HOPKINSVILLE – Marshall County fell 13-1 to host Christian County on Friday in their first game of the Lady Colonel Classic.
The Lady Marshals defeated St. Mary 8-2 and Hopkinsville 3-0 and lost to Lone Oak 4-0 and Union County 5-4 Saturday.
Marshall County’s run came on a solo home run by Bailey Murphy.
Brianna Gibbs, who started and pitched two innings against Christian County, pitched a complete game in the one-run loss to Union County.
Caitlyn York hit a two-run homer in the win over Hopkinsville.