MURRAY – Marshall County ran into the buzz saw known as Lone Oak for the fourth time this season in the first round of the Region1 softball tournament at Lady Tiger Field Monday night.
The story went pretty much the same way.
The No.3-ranked Lady Flash rapped out 12 hits, including three doubles and two home runs, and ace lefthander Jenny Chapman handcuffed the Lady Marshals, surrendering only four hits, and Lone Oak advanced to tonight’s semifinals with a 10-2 victory.
Add that to a pair of 10-0 defeats and a 5-0 setback suffered in three earlier encounters.
“They hit the ball,” Lady Marshals coach Kara Hamby said. “I don’t know that we had an error, and if we did, it didn’t matter. They hit the ball hard.”
Lone Oak jumped ahead with six runs in the top of the second inning and ran the advantage to 7-0 before the Lady Marshals got on the scoreboard with two runs in the bottom of the third.
Hailey Harrell opened the inning with a bloop single over third base, only the second hit of the game for Marshall County. Mallory Young bunted and reached when Chapman fumbled the ball. Then Lexee Miller bunted for a base hit, driving in Harrell.
Young was thrown out trying to score, but Buzz Ray moved Miller to third and she scored on Abby Fiessinger’s ground ball to first base.
But that would be all for the Lady Marshals’ scoring.
The team ends the season with a 22-11 record and the District 4 championship title. They also earned the respect of their first-year coach.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” Hamby said. “They never gave up. When we got down 6-0, it would’ve been easy for them to hang their heads. But they never quit. They hung in there, and I’m proud of that.”
Chapman struck out only four, but the Lady Marshals could not get a solid hit.
“She’s a great pitcher,” Hamby said. “She’s got that rising ball. It’s hard to lay off it and it’s hard to hit it. Maybe we figured her out a little bit, too little, too late.”
Lone Oak 061 210 0 – 10 12 3
Marshall Co. 002 000 0 – 2 4 1
WP: Jenny Chapman LP: Toni Fehrenbacher