LONE OAK – Marshall County won four games and lost one in the Lady Flash Invitational tournament, the first four games of the season for the team under new coach Kara Hamby.
The tournament performance was led by freshman catcher Abby Fiessinger, who hit two home runs in the five games, and by junior righthander Toni Fehrenbacher, who picked up three victories.
“Overall, it was a great weekend for us going, 4-1,” Hamby said.
The loss came on Saturday after four straight wins, to a powerful Massac County team from Metropolis, Ill.
The Lady Patriots rapped out 13 hits, most of them hard line drives that went through the Marshall infield or resulted in errors, as Massac rolled to an easy win.
Six of the Massac hits were doubles.
“We had multiple errors but with Massac’s hitting ability, they would have scored off the next hit, not just the play with errors,” Hamby said. “Massac has a very strong team, from [positions] 1-9.”
Senior infielder Buzz Ray accounted for Marshall County’s only run with a solo home run, her first of the season, in the first inning.
Earlier, the Lady Marshals won three games in pool play and then defeated Livingston Central in the first round of a blind-draw elimination bracket game.
Massac flexed its muscles in the tourney, defeating Hopkins County Central 5-4 and playing to a 5-5 tie with Reidland in a game called at six innings on Friday, then taking a 12-2 win over Hopkins County Central along with the win over Marshall County on Saturday.
Reidland had a 2-0 lead on Massac when the championship game was rained out in the second inning Saturday.
A visit to Livingston Central was scheduled for Monday, but was called off because of wet weather.
Also on tap this week for the Lady Marshals is a trip to Heath on Thursday. That game was originally slated as Marshall County’s home opener, but it was moved to Heath to allow more time to finish the new press box and concession stand at the Lady Marshals’ field.
A Friday game is scheduled at Ballard Memorial, but Hamby hopes to cancel or reschedule that game because the team will be leaving Saturday morning for the Gulf Coast to compete in the Florida Beach Bash tournament.
Their first game in the tourney is scheduled for Sunday at noon against another Kentucky school, North Laurel of London. The game will be at the Choctaw High School field in Fort Walton Beach.
Massac 430 32 – 12 13 1
Marshall 100 00 – 1 2 7
WP: Childers LP: Gibbs
Marshall Co. 6,
Livingston Cent. 4
Freshman leftfielder Bailey “Mushy” Murphy had a triple and drove in four runs as the Lady Marshals built a 6-0 lead after four innings and stopped a Livingston rally at four runs in the top of the sixth.
Murphy also had a diving catch in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded to retire the side and snuff a Lady Cardinals rally.
Mallory Young, Caitlyn York and Chaney Stearns all had doubles for Marshall County. Young was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Toni Fehrenbacher picked up her third victory of the year.
Livingston 000 004 – 4 8 1
Marshall 004 200 – 6 7 2
WP: Fehrenbacher LP: Jenkins
Marshall Co. 4,
Four of the Lady Marshals’ six base hits were doubles as Marshall County won its third game in the tournament on Saturday.
Mallory Young, Buzz Ray, Abby Fiessinger and Payton Smothers all had doubles and Kenslie Cross added a single. Ray was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI.
Brianna Gibbs scattered six Terrier hits to pick up the victory.
No player names were available from Carbondale. The Terriers matched Marshall County with six hits, one of them a double.
Carbondale 000 011 0 – 3 6 2
Marshall 101 010 0 – 4 6 2
WP: Gibbs LP: (not identified)
Marshall Co. 1,
A solo home run in the third inning by Abby Fiessinger decided a close contest on Friday. The game was halted in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Fiessinger at the plate, because of a time limit.
It was the second home run in two games for Fiessinger, a freshman catcher.
The Lady Marshals threatened to get on the board, loading the bases with two outs in the first and getting runners in scoring position in the second, but Herrin got out of the jams.
Herrin 000 00 – 0 3 2
Marshall 001 00 – 1 5 1
WP: Fehrenbacher LP Winn
Marshall Co. 17,
St. Mary 0
A dozen Lady Marshal hits and four Lady Viking errors were more than enough for Marshall County to make short work of its season opening, the first game of the Lady Flash Invitational tournament, on Thursday.
Marshall County took a 7-0 lead in the first inning and then erupted for 10 more runs in the bottom of the second. The rout was led by a three-run home run by freshman catcher Abby Fiessinger, who went 3-for-3 and had four RBI.
St. Mary 0 0 0 – 0 2 4
Marshall 7 10 x – 17 12 0
WP: Fehrenbacher LP: Denkins