MAYFIELD — A two-run rally by Marshall County couldn’t overtake a four-run one by McCracken County as the Lady Mustangs knocked the two-time defending First Region champions out of the regional tournament, 6-4.
In Sunday’s semifinals at Graves County High School, McCracken broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning off an RBI double and two singles that scored three more runners. The Lady Marshals got their final two runs in the bottom half of the frame off a Cayson Conner two-out double that scored Gabbi Lovett and Charley Pursley.
The Lady Mustangs, winners of the Second District, and Calloway County, winners of the Fourth District, were scheduled to play Monday for the regional championship after rain and the week’s forecast disrupted the tournament’s original schedule.
Conner bookended her scoring at-bats when she put Marshall County up 1-0 in the first inning with a solo home run. McCracken tied things in the bottom of the inning. In the third, Conner hit her first double of the day and later scored off Kinley Edwards’ sacrifice groundout for a 2-1 lead that the Lady Mustangs responded to in similar fashion off a sacrifice grounder.
A future Murray State basketball player, Conner went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI. Lovett was 2-for-2.
Gracelyn Darnall went 6 2/3 innings pitching for the Lady Marshals with four runs (three earned) off seven hits and three strikeouts. Lovett came in relief and allowed two earned runs and two hits with a walk.
Marshall County 5, Graves County 3
The Lady Marshals advanced Saturday with another hard fought matchup with neighboring rival Graves County that lasted eight innings.
Marshall scored a run in the second via a Sarenna Tomassi steal of home, the fourth off a Charley Pursley sac fly that scored Tomassi again, and fifth on a Edwards groundout that scored Conner.
Graves had tied the game in the fourth at 2-2 off Bailey Wimsatt’s two-run home run, and tied the game again in the bottom of the seventh when Ellie Davis doubled Ginger Martin home from second base.
In the eighth, Layne Pea singled then scored the go-ahead run off Pursley’s double. Pursley later scored from third off a bunt single by Lovett. Marshall went through four Lady Eagle batters in the bottom half to seal the win.
Pursley and Tomassi were both 2-for-4 with Pursley’s two RBI. Darnall pitched seven innings with five hits and three earned runs with five strikeouts, as well. Lovett closed the final inning with a lone hit.
Looking Back: Marshall County ends its season at 25-13 as well as the prep careers of nine seniors — Conner, Lovett, Edwards, Pea, Tomassi, McKenzie Elkins, Presley Jezik, Riley Piercefield and Sarah Stokes.