Lady 'Hounds District Tourney Champs
Marmaduke (20-2) got a four hit shutout performance from Sammi Henry as the Lady Greyhounds took the district title with a 12-0 win over Marked Tree this past Thursday in Marked Tree.
Ally Byers led off for Marked Tree with a triple but got greedy trying to score and was tagged out in a rundown. Tiana Morris and Harley Daniels each struck out for the Lady Indians. Marmaduke plated five runs in the bottom of the first as Jordan Mays bunted for a single and then stole second base. Natalie Lentz bunted Mays over to third where she scored when Sammi Henry reached on an error making it 1-0 Lady Greyhounds. Sammi Henry went to third on a passed ball and scored when Tabitha Hyten singled to make it 2-0 Marmaduke. Brittany Banning was hit by a pitch before her and Hyten scored of a wild throw to make it 4-0 Lady Greyhounds. Bailey Bridges walked before Natalie Shelton lined out as April Kennedy reached on an error that allowed Bridges to score making it 5-0 Marmaduke. Rachel Martin popped out to end the inning.
The Lady Indians went three up and three down in the top of the second as Madison Carroll was called out on strikes, Kayli Walker popped out and Bailey Dunn grounded out. Mays reached on an error in the bottom of inning and scored on a double by Lentz to make it 6-0. Lentz scored on a ground out by Sammi Henry making it 7-0. Hyten doubled and was left stranded when Banning lined out and Bridges grounded out. Brittany Pharis grounded out for Marked Tree to start the third inning followed by a single from Taylor Hannah. Cameron Willoughby struck out looking and Byers flew out for the third out. Marmaduke added three more runs in the bottom of the third inning as Shelton reached on an error to start things off. Kennedy popped out before Martin reached on an infield single. Shelton scored on a sacrifice fly from Lentz and Mays stole home on a throw back to the pitcher to make it 10-0 Marmaduke. Sammi Henry then hit a pop fly to end the inning.
Marked Tree went down in order in the top of the fourth inning as Morris lined out before Daniels and Carroll both flew out. Alyssa Henry popped out for the Lady Greyhound before Banning went to third on two errors on the same play by the Lady Indians. Banning scored on a ground out by Bridges as Shelton followed with an infield single. Shelton stole second and went to third on an error and scored on a bunt single by Kennedy to make it 12-0 Lady Greyhounds. Martin lined out ending the fourth inning. Walker singled to lead off the top of the fifth for Marked Tree as Angel Barnes followed with a single. Both runners advanced a base when the outfielder missed the ground ball. Kaye Wolfe struck out before Dejana Thomas hit a dribbler in front of the plate that Alyssa Henry fielded and tagged Walker out trying to score. Elizabeth Hobbs grounded out to first ending the game via the run rule.
"I'm proud of the girls. They do what needs to be done every time they take the field," Marmaduke head coach Rick Smith said. "We'll get ready for the regional tournament now and just take things an inning at a time," Smith added.
Sammi Henry allowed no walks and struck out five for the Lady Greyhounds.
Mays led Marmaduke at the plate with two hits, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Hyten had two hits, a run scored, a RBI and a stolen base, Lentz had a hit, run scored and two RBIs, Shelton had a hit, two runs scored and a stolen base, Banning scored two runs, Kennedy had a hit, RBI and stolen base, Martin had a hit, Bridges had a run scored, RBI and stolen base and Sammi Henry had a run scored and RBI.
Carroll took the loss for Marked Tree as she gave up 12 runs on eight hits with no walks, no strikeout and one hit batsman.
Byers, Walker, Hannah and Barnes all had a hit for the Lady Indians
Marmaduke made it to the finals with an 11-1 win over BIC in the semi-finals. Sammi Henry picked up the win allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts over five innings. Lentz, Sammi Henry and Kennedy each had two hits. Bridges, Shelton and Kennedy each had two runs scored as Mays and Kennedy each finished with three RBIs.
Marmaduke will open play in the 2A North Regional Tournament in Marked Tree on Thursday, May 5 at 3 p.m. against Walnut Ridge, and will take on the winner of the Tuckerman-EPC game in the second round at 2:30 on Friday. The championship game is set for 2:30 Saturday, with the third-fourth place seeding game at noon.
Baseball Squad Falls
Marmaduke (0-18) let an 8-1 lead slip away in the third inning as Cross County scored 14 runs in the frame on their way to an 18-8 win over the Greyhounds last Wednesday in the 2A-3 district tournament in Marked Tree. The loss ended Marmaduke's season.
Chad Hall opened the game with a single for the Greyhounds and went to second on a ground-out by Cody Ails. Andy Risner singled before Alex Donohue reached on an error that allowed Hall and Risner to score and Donohue to reach third. Nate Rodriguez walked before Donohue scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0 Greyhounds. Nick Brannon and D.J. Mitchell both struck out. Cross County plated one run in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-1 Marmaduke.
Jackson Lewallen reached on a dropped third strike and Dustin Mitchell drew a walk. Hall walked before Ails singled to score Lewallen and Dustin Mitchell making it 5-1 Greyhounds. Risner grounded out before Donohue was hit by a pitch. Hall was tagged out trying to score on a passed ball and Rodriguez struck out. The Thunderbirds got a lead off single only to leave the runner stranded as the Greyhounds got three straight outs to leave the score 5-1 after two innings of play.
Brannon walked to lead off for Marmaduke in the top of the third inning and was forced at second when D.J. Mitchell reached on a fielder's choice. Lewallen and Dustin Mitchell were both hit by pitches to load the bases before D.J. Mitchell was forced out at home as Hall reached on a fielder's choice. Ails doubled to plate Lewallen, Dustin Mitchell and Hall to make the score 8-1 Greyhounds. Risner grounded out for the third out.
Cross County then proceded to send 18 batters to the plate, scoring 14 runs, to take a 15-8 lead after three. Donohue grounded out, Rodriguez popped out and Brannon grounded-out as Marmaduke went down in order in the top of the fourth. The Thunderbirds added another run in their half of the inning to go up 16-8 after four.
D.J. Mitchell singled to lead off the fifth for Marmaduke only to be erased when Lewallen hit into a double play. Dustin Mitchell singled with two outs only to be forced at second on Hall's fielder's choice ground ball. Cross County scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 18-8 ending the game via the run rule.
Ails took the loss for Marmaduke as he pitched two and two thirds innings giving up 15 runs on nine hits while walking four and striking out one. Lewallen pitched one and one third innings allowing three runs on two hits with four walks and no strikeouts.
Ails led the Greyhounds at the plate with two hits and five RBIs. Hall, Risner, Dustin Mitchell and D.J. Mitchell each had a hit for Marmaduke. Hall, Lewallen and Dustin Mitchell each scored two runs as Risner and Donohue each scored a run.