FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Marshall County’s Lady Marshals softball team ran their record to 6-1 with a victory over fellow Kentucky team North Laurel Sunday in the first day of the Florida Softball Beach Bash tournament.
Going into this week, North Laurel was ranked sixth in the state by the Kentucky softball coaches association.
They were scheduled to take on Northmont, Ohio, in their second game today at noon EDT.
The Lady Marshals will return from spring break to play their first game at home on April 9. The field now has a new press box and concession facility, scheduled to be ready on that date.
Marshall Co. 7,
North Laurel 0
Seniors Buzz Ray and Mallory Young were 2-for-4, each with a double and two RBI, to lead Marshall County to a 7-0 win over North Laurel.
Ray’s extra-base hit came in the first inning when the Lady Marshals took a 2-0 lead. Lexie Miller and Young singled to lead off before Young came to bat.
Young’s double came in the sixth inning, when the Lady Marshals nailed down the win with three runs.
Junior righthander Toni Fehrenbacher gave up only two hits in the shutout.
Highly regarded North Laurel, which lost three games in the Ballard Invitational March 22-23 in Louisville, slipped to 3-4 with the loss. The Lady Jaguars came into the Beach Bash ranked sixth in Kentucky, compared to Marshall County’s No. 16 spot in the March 27 poll.
Marshal Co. 210 103 0 – 7 9 2
N.Laurel 000 000 0 – 0 2 6
WP: Fehrenbacher LP: Baldwin
Marshall Co. 10,
WEST PADUCAH – Mallory Young belted her first home run of the season as the Lady Marshals scored 10 runs in the final three innings to defeat Heath.
The Lady Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. But they managed only two more runs, both coming in the sixth inning.
“We had a slow start with the bats but, picked it up in the fifth through seventh innings,” coach Kara Hamby said.
Marshall County rocked Heath starter Neely Quint for 11 hits, while Lady Marshals righthander Toni Fehrenbacher scattered five hits, walked two and struck out three.
Young, Buzz Ray, Caitlyn York and Hailey Harrell were all 2-for-4 for Marshall County. Young and Young each had two RBI and Fehrenbacher drove in two runs on a 1-for-3 performance at the plate.
Kaylyn Telfair had a home run for Heath.
Marshall Co. 000 013 4 – 10 11 3
Heath 000 202 0 – 4 5 2
WP: Fehrenbacher LP: Quint