Marshal County’s Lady Marshals softball team snapped out of a slump in which they lost for games by a combined score of 27-3 with a pair of victories Saturday at Hopkinsville.
That sends the top-seeded team into Wednesday’s Fourth District tournament on a two-game win streak and a 21-10 record.
The Lady Marshals swept home-and-away games against district opponents Murray and Calloway County, surrendering only one run in the four games. Murray lost 5-1 and 6-0 while Calloway fell by 10-0 and 4-0 scores.
Those two teams will play on the Calloway County field Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the championship game against the Lady Marshals at approximately 7 o’clock. Both championship finalists will advance to the Region 1 tournament at Murray next week.
The wins Saturday came in games added to the schedule at the last minute after two losses to Lone Oak, an 8-3 defeat at the hands of Heath and a shutout loss to Christian County on Thursday. Meade County fell 8-4, giving the Lady Marshals a 20-win season, and then the Lady Marshals thumped Christian County 10-4, a decided turnaround from the 4-0 defeat on their home field two days earlier.
Chaney Stearns had a pair of home runs and drove in five runs in the two victories, as the Lady Marshal bats, ineffective during the losing streak, came alive. Marshall County smacked 26 hits, 13 in each win.
It was the second Saturday in a row for a spontaneous change in the Lady Marshals’ schedule. A round robin event slated for May 11 evolved into a varsity double-header for Marshall County against Reidland, which was originally part of the round robin, and Lone Oak, which accepted a late invitation after Massac County and Lyon County withdrew.
The Marshals needed an extra inning of play to pull out a 4-3 win over Reidland, and then the bats went silent as Lone Oak dominated in a 10-0 win.
The Lady Marshals then traveled to Lone Oak on May 13 for a regular-season meeting with the Lady Flash, who won 5-0.
The streak continued May 14 with the loss to Heath and continued into Saturday with the shutout at the hands of Christian County, which Marshall County had defeated twice in April by 4-3 scores.
Marshall Co. 10,
Christian Co. 4
Chaney Stearns led off the second inning with her second home run of the day to left field, giving the Lady Marshals a lead they would never relinquish.
They pushed the advantage to 7-1 with six runs in the top of the third, with five singles and a pair of doubles by pitcher Toni Fehrenbacher and first baseman Caitlyn York.
Christian County got three runs in the bottom of the third, but Marshall County outscored the Lady Colonels 3-1 in the final four innings.
The offense overcame five errors by the Lady Marshall defense. Lexee Miller, Buzz Ray, Fehrenbacher, York and Stearns all had two hits.
Fehrenbacher gave up only five hits.
Marshall Co. 016 001 2 – 10 13 5
Christian Co. 003 001 0 – 4 5 1
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: Regan Hancock
Marshall Co. 8,
Meade Co. 4
In the first game Saturday, Stearns staked the Lady Marshals to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when she homered to straightaway center with two outs and Buzz Ray, who singled, and Abby Fiessinger, who reached on an error, crossing the plate ahead of her.
Mallory Young was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI and Lexee Miller, Ray and Holley Odom each had two hits.
Meade County cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the bottom of the first, but Marshall County responded with three more runs in the second, with Young’s double driving in courtesy runner Marissa Copeland. Miller and Ray singled, with Young and Miller scoring.
After Meade pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Marshall County lead to 6-4, Odom singled and scored and after Kenslie Cross singled, Copeland scored on Young’s second double.
Marshall Co. 330 002 0 – 8 13 3
Meade Co. 100 300 0 – 4 7 4
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: Neeli Rhoades
Christian Co. 4,
Marshall Co. 0
On Thursday, in the third meeting of the season between Marshall County and Christian County, pitchers Toni Fehrenbacher and Alexis Sumner hooked up in a duel that saw only single runs scored by Christian County in the first and fourth innings through the first six frames.
In the top of the seventh, the Lady Colonels added two more runs on a single down the third base line by Morgan Cunningham.
Fehrenbacher led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, but Sumner retired the next three batters to seal the win.
Mallory Young, Buzz Ray and Abby Fiessinger had singles for the Lady Marshals.
Christian Co. 100 100 2 – 4 7 1
Marshall Co. 000 000 0 – 0 4 1
WP: Alexis Sumner LP: Toni Fehrenbacher
Marshall Co. 3
Chaney Stearns doubled and scored on another double by Abby Fiessinger in the first inning to put the Lady Marshals ahead 1-0, but Heath got three runs in the second, two more in the third and three more in the fourth to roll up an 8-1 lead.
Buzz Ray reached on an error and scored on Fiessinger’s second double in the sixth, and Fiessinger came home when Lexee Miller reached on an error, but that was as close as the Lady Marshals could get.
Lady Pirate pitcher Neely Quint gave up only six hits while Heath touched starter Tony Fehrenbacher and reliever Brianna Gibbs for 11 hits, including four doubles.
Fiessinger was 2-for-3 for Marshall County, which defeated Heath 10-4 at Heath on March 28.
Heath 032 300 0 – 8 11 2
Marshall Co. 100 002 0 – 3 6 2
WP: Neely Quint LP: Toni Fehrenbacher
Lone Oak 5,
Marshall Co. 0
Marshall County limited the powerful Lady Flash team to half as many runs as Lone Oak scored in two previous wins over the Lady Marshals, but managed only three hits and no runs of their own against lefthander Jenny Chapman.
Lone Oak scored single runs in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, collecting nine hits off the Lady Marshals. Madline Wooten was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Mallory Young, Toni Fehrenbacher and Karson Johnson each had a single for the Lady Marshals.
Marshall Co. 000 000 0 – 0 3 4
Lone Oak 101 111 x – 5 9 0
WP: Jenny Chapman LP: Toni Fehrenbacher