The Lady Marshals softball team won two and lost four in a busy week’s schedule last week, including a loss at McCracken County on Thursday and a 2-3 performance in the Greenwood Border Battle tournament in Bowling Green.
Last week’s slate opened with a postponement of a game at Graves County on April 15, and then the Lady Marshals took on state No.1-ranked McCracken County on Thursday, falling 8-2.
But the week ended with what coach Kara Hamby called “a huge win for the program” in a 4-3 victory Saturday against another of the state’s heavyweights, No.2-ranked Greenwood.
It was only the second loss of the season for the Lady Gators, who had a 3-3 tie against Louisville Male in an early-season tournament and dropped an 8-0 decision to McCracken County March 22 at Elizabethtown.
Greenwood was undefeated state champions last year, finishing the season 44-0.
“We were kind of down coming into that last game,” Hamby said, “but we told the girls, ‘This is the team we’ve been looking for. They’re ranked No. 2 in the state.’ They pulled together and played a great game.”
Marshall County got only four hits against senior pitcher Elizabeth Moss, but made them count in a four-run sixth-inning that decided the game.
“We kept getting our bats on the ball,” Hamby said, “and in the sixth inning the hits found the gaps.”
All tournament games were played at Michael Buchanon Park. The Lady Marshals finished the week with an 11-8 overall record.
THIS WEEK: After meeting Livingston Central at home on Monday, Marshall County opens District 4 play at home against Murray today at 5:30 p.m. They travel to Calloway County for another district contest on Thursday and are at home against St. Mary on Friday.
Graves County visits for a game on Monday.
Marshall Co. 4
Abby Fiessinger tripled to drive in Bailely Murphy and Lexee Miller in the bottom of the sixth, and Toni Fehrenbacher faced only three batters in the top of the seventh to secure the victory against powerful Greenwood.
Aly Parsons singled to lead off the final inning, but was caught stealing. Fehrenbacher then got Katelyn Merritt and Cassie Meador out on infield ground balls to end the game.
Fehrenbacher went the distance for the win, scattering seven hits and four walks.
Greenwood 200 010 0 – 3 7 2
Marshall Co. 000 004 x – 4 4 0
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: Elizabeth Moss
Marshall Co. 10
BOWLING GREEN – Earlier Saturday afternoon, Louisville Assumption won a slugfest, jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first 2-1/2 innings and then outscoring Marshall County 8-3 in the last two innings.
Marshall County scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull to within 10-7, but that was as close as they would get.
Bailey Murphy and Lexee Miller hit triples and Chaney Stearns and Abby Fiessinger had doubles for Marshall County. Murphy was 2-for-2 with two walks, Stearns and Addie Young were 3-for-4, and Fiessinger and Kenslie Cross were 2-for-3. Hailey Trexler was 2-for-5.
Assumption 253 005 3 – 18 17 0
Marshall Co. 001 602 1 – 10 15 5
WP: Sabrina Fussenegger LP: Briana Gibbs
Christian Acad. 10
Marshall Co. 2
BOWLING GREEN – Christian Academy of Louisville jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in a Saturday morning game.
Marshall County pounded out nine hits, including two doubles by Addie Young and one by Chaney Stearns, but were unable to turn most of the hits into runs. Young and Stearns were both 2-for-3, Young with two RBI.
Marshall Co. 000 101 0 – 2 9 3
CAL 600 400 x – 10 12 4
WP: Alivia Sinnott LP: Briana Gibbs
Marshall Co. 6
Warren East 3
BOWLING GREEN – The Lady Marshals cracked four triples, a double and seven other base hits against Lady Raider pitchers Katie Gardner and Cailyn Howard, but the game was tied after 3-1/2 innings Friday night.
Marshall County got two runs in the bottom of the fourth, two more in the fifth and then, after Warren East got two runs in the top of the sixth, the Lady Marshals added one more in the bottom of the sixth and held Warren East scoreless in the seventh.
Abby Fiessinger belted two triples and was 3-for-3, and Bailey Murphy and Toni Fehrenbacher each had one. Hailey Trexler had a double in a 2-for-2 performance. Stearns, Fehrenbacher and Murphy were 2-for-3.
Warren East 001 002 0 – 3 7 0
Marshall Co. 100 221 x – 6 12 5
WP: Toni Fehrenbacher LP: Katie Gardner
Marshall Co. 4
BOWLING GREEN – Madisonville broke away from a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the third, then added two more in the fourth to win Friday evening.
The Lady Maroons got a dozen hits off Marshall pitchers Toni Fehrenbacher and Briana Gibbs, but Marshall County had 10, including a triple and three doubles, off Madisonville’s Mallory Peyton. Seven of Madisonville’s hits were for extra bases.
Kenslie Cross was 3-for-4 with two doubles and Lexee Miller was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Chaney Stearns and Abby Fiessinger were also 2-for-4.
Marshall Co. 004 000 0 – 4 10 0
Madisonville 221 200 x – 7 12 2
WP: Mallory Peyton LP: Toni Fehrenbacher
McCracken Co. 8
Marshall Co. 2
PADUCAH – Hailey Trexler was 2-for-3 with a double, but McCracken County pulled away with three runs in the second inning and three more in the third Thursday.
The Lady Mustangs held Marshall County scoreless until the sixth. Lexee Miller led off with a walk, followed by singles from Trexler and Abby Fiessinger. Fiessinger’s hit drove in Miller, and Trexler scored on a ground ball to short by Kenslie Cross.
Marshall Co. 000 002 0 – 2 5 4
McCracken Co. 033 020 x – 8 8 0
WP: Jenny Chapman LP: Toni Fehrenbacher
Lady Eagles get 3rd victory at
HICKMAN – Christian Fellowship’s Lady Eagles won their third game of the season Thursday at Fulton County, defeating the Lady Pilots 12-1.
Amber Shelley was 2-for-4 with a triple and Emily Bridges was 3-for-4 with five RBI. Madison Ortt got the win from the circle and also went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Carley Alexander was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
CFS jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning and built it to 11-0 after 3-1/2 innings. Fulton County got its one run in the bottom of the third.
CFS added another run in the fifth, then held Fulton County scoreless to end the game at five innings.