Marmaduke Squads See Action
The MHS spring sports teams have remained busy despite wet conditions, as the softball and baseball seasons wind-down.
The Marmaduke Lady Greyhounds advanced to first in conference Wednesday, April 8, when they beat visiting Buffalo Island Central, 5-1.
Sammi Henry pitched all seven innings, giving up three hits, one run and striking out five batters. Offensively, Henry was 3 for 4 with one RBI and Jordan Mays was 3 for 4, scoring three runs. Tabitha Hyten, Bailey Bridges and April Kennedy also had a hit apiece. Marmaduke finished out the game 7-0 in conference and 7-1 overall.
The Lady Greyhounds continued their winning streak by pulverizing East Poinsett County on EPC's field Thursday with a final score of 17-1, making the team 8-0 in conference and 8-1 overall.
Henry pitched six innings, giving up only one hit and striking out eight batters. Brooke Swearingen took over on the mound in the seventh inning, allowing one hit and one run.
Brittany Banning was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs, Bridges was 3 for 5 scoring three runs, Hyten was 2 for 6 with 2 RBIs, Natalie Lentz was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs, scoring two runs, Mays was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored and Henry was 3 for 5.
Hadleigh Bynum, Kennedy and Swearingen had one hit apiece, bringing the team to 17 hits. The Lady Hounds scored one run in the first, four in the second, two in the third, one in the fifth and nine in the seventh.
Coach Steven Richey said he was extremely pleased with how the girls handled themselves during the games and the contest between Marmaduke and BIC was a great step as "it was between two undefeated teams in conference."
The game scheduled against Cross County on Thursday has been cancelled and the ladies will not play again until Monday, April 20, when they visit Marked Tree. The Greyhounds will also play Tuesday, April 21, on their home field against Riverside.
The Marmaduke Greyhounds split a baseball doubleheader against Cross County on Wednesday, April 8, losing the first game 12-3 and winning the second 18-8.
In the second game, Hayden Winberry pitched all six innings, giving up 11 hits, walking 12 batters and striking out 12.
Offensively, Nick Jones was 3 for 3, Cody Ails had three hits and scored three runs, Bryson Massey had two hits and drove in three runs, Hunter Easley had three hits driving in two runs, Winberry had one hit and drove in one run and Chad Hall had two hits.
"We played a lot better this game with no errors, and hopefully we're getting over the hump and things will start coming together," Marmaduke coach Larry Willis said.
In the first game, Marmaduke pitchers had tough time on the mound. Jones started out on the mound pitching three innings, Ails came in relief and pitched three innings and Bryson Massey pitched the fifth inning.
Jones got two hits and Ails hit a triple, driving in all three scored runs. "We just didn't seem to be getting it right and made too many errors with nine," said Willis. "The weather is really hurting us, because we can't get out on the field and practice with all this rain."
Marmaduke was scheduled to play Rector last Thursday, but due to three players not showing up to school they had to forfeit because they lacked enough players. A game scheduled for Monday against Bay was cancelled due to rain. The Greyhounds are scheduled to host Crowley's Ridge Academy Thursday, Twin Rivers Friday and Corning Monday.