After missing out their 2020 season due to COVID-19, Marshall County’s softball team is ready to reclaim their First Region title with a mix of veteran and new talent on the field.
During the last full season, Marshall made it to the 2019 KHSAA Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament and fell to Madisonville-North Hopkins, 4-2, in the tournament’s first round.
So far without the Lady Marshals’ veteran players like Presley Jezik, Cayson Conner, Layne Pea and Gabbi Lovett, due to their playing postseason basketball, the club has gone 4-1 through Sunday with the loss in their opener on March 29 against Fourth District rival Murray High, 6-2.
Marshall County has also picked up wins over another Fourth District foe in Calloway County (8-7) and then Garrard County (12-10), Model (16-1), and Franklin County (15-3) during the past weekend’s Lady titan Classic in Mercer County. The team was scheduled to start the Lady Patriot Classic in Lincoln County Monday against Central Hardin then close out the tournament today (Tuesday) against Taylor County and Allen County-Scottsville.
In 2019, Jezik led her team with a .429 average alongside 57 hits in 41 games played as a sophomore. Conner was second best in team batting average with a .388 and 45 hits.
Both Lovett and Tia Thorpe return to pitch for the Lady Marshals this season. In 2019, Lovett led her team with a record of 17-10 and a 2.40 ERA in a whopping 186.2 innings. Thorpe boasted a 3.04 ERA with a 9-3 record in 66.2 innings pitched.