Lady 'Hounds Take Second in Blast, Diamond 'Hounds Struggle

Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Lady Greyhounds with their second place hardware from the Bearcat Blast.(TD photo/Anthony Cossey)

The Lady Greyhounds beat Marked Tree last week, then took second in the Bearcat Blast at Jonesboro over the weekend. Meanwhile, the boys dropped a pair of games as their early-season issues continue.

A six run fifth inning spelled doom for the Lady Greyhounds as Brookland went on to a 7-1 win to claim the Red Division at the Southside Softball Complex in Jonesboro.

Jordan Mays grounded out leading off the game for Marmaduke as Natalie Lentz followed with a single. Sammi Henry reached on a fielder's choice that forced Lentz out at second base. Ressa Hampton came in as a courtety runner for Henry and went to second on a passed ball. Bailey Bridges grouned out to leave Hampton stranded at second. The Lady Bearcats got a runner on with two outs only to leave her there keeping the score at 0-0 after one. The Lady Greyhounds went down in order in the top of the second as Natalie Shelton and April Kennedy both grounded out with Maggie Mays striking out. Brookland went down in order in the bottom half with a pop out, ground out and strike out to keep the score at 0-0.

Marmaduke's Jordan Mays blasts her second homerun of the day as the Lady Greyhounds downed Marked Tree 11-3. (TD Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Angel Johnson grounded out leading off the top of the third for the Lady Greyhounds as Rachel Martin followed by striking out. Jordan Mays gave Marmaduke a 1-0 lead with a solo homerun to right center before Lentz grounded out for the third out. The Lady Bearcats tied the game in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 1. The top of the fourth inning saw the Lady Greyhounds go down in order as Sammi Henry and Bridges grounded out with Shelton flying out to centerfield. Brookland got a runner on with two outs before a fly out left the runner on base with the score staying 1-0 Marmaduke after four innings of play.

The Lady Greyhounds went down in order again in the top of the fifth as Kennedy and Maggie Mays both grounded out before Johnson struck out. Brookland plated six runs in their half of the inning with the big blow coming on a three-run homerun to take a 7-1 lead at the end of five innings. Martin led off the top of sixth inning with a walk for the Lady Greyhounds only to be caught stealing second base. Jordan Mays grounded out, Lentz drew a walk only to see Sammi Henry fly out for the third out ending the game via time limit.

Jordan Mays led the Lady Greyhounds at the plate with a hit, run and a RBI. Lentz had the only other hit for Marmaduke.

Sammi Henry took the loss giving up seven runs in five innings with one walk and one strikeout.

Marmaduke got an 8-2 opening round win over Gosnell as Jordan Mays, Sammi Henry, Natalie Shelton and Maggie Mays all collected two hits each. Shelton added two runs and two RBIs. Henry got the win giving up two runs on three hits.

The Lady Greyhounds downed Rivercrest 6-1 in the next round to reach the title game with Sammi Henry leading the way with two hits, a run and a RBI. Shelton also had two hits, a run and a RBI. Sammi Henry got the win in the circle pitching all five innings while giving up one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

MT Victory

Jordan Mays hit two homeruns as Marmaduke (2-0) stole nine bases on their way to an 11-3 win at Marked Tree this past Wednesday in high school softball action. Marmaduke was the home team as the game was schedueld at their place but a wet field changed the game to Marked Tree.

Taylor Hannah led off the game for Marked Tree with a single before making her way to thrid on a wild pitch and passed ball. Tiana Morris struck as Harley Daniels doubled to score Hannah giving the Lady Indians a 1-0 lead. Cam Willoughby and Bailey Dunn both popped out. Jordan Mays tied the game leading off for Marmaduke with a homerun to centerfield. Natalie Lentz followed with an infield single before stealing second base. Sammi Henry and Bailey Bridges grounded out with Bridge's ground out scoring Lentz making it 2-1 Lady Greyhounds. Natalie Shelton reached on an error and advanced to third before being left on base as Rachel Martin struckout ending the inning.

The Lady Indians went down in order as Megan Lowry struck out, Brittany Pharis popped out and Sydney Rotscheid lined out. Alyssa Henry popped out leading off the bottom of the second inning for Marmaduke as Maggie Mays singled and stole second. Angel Johnson struck out but reached first when the catcher missed the ball that also allowed Maggie Mays to score making it 3-1 Lady Greyhounds. Johnson stole second base, Jordan Mays grouned out before Lentz tripled to score Johnson making the score 4-1 Marmaduke. Sammi Henry grouned out to end the inning. Marked Tree again went down in order on three ground outs from Angel Barnes, Hannah and Morris. Bridges led off with a single in the botom of thrid for the Lay Greyhounds before stealing second base. Shelton singled to score Bridges making it 4-1 Marmaduke. Shelton stole third base only to be left there at Martin went down looking and Alyssa Henry and Maggie Mays both popped out.

Daniels lined out leading off the top of the fourth inning for Marked Tree as Willoughby drew a walk. Dunn was hit by a pitch before both runners moved up base on a passed ball. Lowry singled to bring in Willoughby making it 5-2 Marmaduke. Pharis reached on an error that allowed Dunn to score making it 5-3 Lady Greyhounds. Rotscheid reached on a fielder's choice that forced Lowry out as Barnes popped out for the third out. Johnson singled and stole second as Jordan Mays and Lentz both had fly ball outs. Sammi Henry's two-out singled scored Johnson to make it 6-3 Lady Greyhounds. Bridges grounded out to end the inning. Marked Tree went three up three down in the top of the fifth inning as Hannah struck out, Morris lined out and Daniels grounded out. Shelton struck out to lead off for Marmaduke but reached first when Hannah missed the third stirke. Shelton stole second, Karlie Gillian struck out before Alyssa Henry reached on an error. Maggie Mays reached on an error that scored Shelton making it 7-3 as Johnson grounded out to end the inning.

The Lady Indians went three up three down again as Willoughby, Dunn and Lowry all grounded out leaving the score 7-3 Lady Greyhounds headed to the bottom of the sixth. Jordan Mays led off with her second homrun of the game for Marmaduke making the score 8-3. Lentz reached on an error and stole second base only to see Sammi Henry pop out. Bridges singled to score Lentz, Shelton reached on error that scored Bridges before working her way tot third before scoring on a ground out from Gillian to make it 11-3 Marmaduke. Alyssa Henry struck out to end the sixth inning. Henry retired Marked Tree in order in the top of the seventh as Pharis grounded out, Rotscheid flew out and Barnes struck out.

Jordan Mays and Bridges both finished with two hits, two runs and two RBIs to lead Marmaduke. Lentz had two hits, two runs and a RBI, Johnson had two hits and two runs, Shelton had a hit, two runs and a RBI, Sammi Henry had a hit and a RBI as Maggie Mays scored a run. Gillian added a RBI. Shelton had three stolen bases, Lentz and Johnson each had two stolen bases with Bridge and Maggie Mays each stealing a base.

Sammi Henry pitched a complete game giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, striking out four and hitting one batter.

Daniels had a hit and a RBI, Hannah had a hit and a run, Lowry had a RBI as Willougby and Dunn each scored a run for Marked Tree.

Daniels took the loss for the Lady Indians as she pitched six innings. She gave up nine runs on ten hits while allowing no walks and striking out six.

Baseball 'Hounds

Meanwhile, The Marmaduke Greyhounds continue to struggle this spring, as they dropped a pair of games last week by a wide margin. The 'Hounds are idle this week, and will return to action next Monday, March 27, at Rector.

The Greyhounds traveled to Lake City to take on BIC last Tuesday, March 14, and dropped a 17-2 conference loss in three innings. Both teams plated two runs in the first inning, and stood knotted at 2-2 after one. The 'Hounds went quietly in the top of the second, with the hosts exploding for 13 runs in the home half of the inning to put the game out of reach.

The Marmaduke bats remained quiet in the top of the third, with BIC adding two more runs in the home half of the inning to set the final score.

The Marmaduke boys were back on the road Friday, March 17, as they travelled to Strawberry to take on Hillcrest. But, once-again the 'Hounds were bitten by a big inning, as the Screamin' Eagles scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first to take a lead they would never relinquish.

The Greyhounds answered with three runs in the top of the second, but Hillcrest plated four more runs in the home half of the frame to extend their lead. Marmaduke failed to score in the top of the third inning, with the Eagles adding two more runs.

The 'Hounds scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning, and held the Eagles in check in the home half of the inning. The MHS boys went quietly in the top of the fifth, which set the final score.

In addition to Monday's game at Rector, the Greyhounds are scheduled to visit Sloan-Hendrix on Tuesday, March 28. They'll be back in action the following Monday, April 3, as they host the Rector Cougars in the re-match.

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