MHS Softball Wins Regional Tourney
Marmaduke (27-4) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie, before holding on in the top of the seventh, to post a 7-4 win over EPC this past Monday to claim the 2A North regional title for the second year in a row.
Bailey Constant singled to lead off the top of the first inning for the Lady Warriors. Meagan Allen lined out to second before Sarah Tacker singled. Jordyn Brewer singled to plate Constant making it 1-0 EPC. Madison Wiggins reached on a fielder’s choice that forced Brewer out at second base. Jaleigha Garrett grounded out for the third out. Jordan Mays grounded out leading off for Marmaduke as Natalie Lentz followed with a single and Sammi Henry walked. April Kennedy and Angel Johnson both grounded out to end the inning with the score 1-0 EPC. Ramissa Acosta struck out leading off for the Lady Warriors in the top of the second before Bre Ward reached on an error. Kurstin Bryan and Constant both grounded out ending the top half of the inning. Bailey Bridges grounded out for the first Lady Greyhound out as Angel Johnson reached on an error only to be left stranded when Maggie Mays popped out and Alyssa Henry grounded out to keep the score 1-0 EPC.
Allen and Tacker both grounded out for the Lady Warriors before Brewer doubled. Wiggins singled to score Brewer making it 2-0 EPC. Garrett grounded out for out three. Jordan Mays grounded out and Lentz looked at strike three before Sammi Henry belted a double. Kennedy singled to bring in Sammi Henry making it 2-1 Lady Warriors as Johnson flew out to end the inning. EPC went down in order in the top of the fourth as Acosta grounded out, Ward popped out and Bryan grounded out. Marmaduke also went down in order in the bottom half as Bridges struck out before Johnson and Maggie Mays both grounded out keeping the score 2-1 after four.
Constant popped out leading off the fifth for EPC as Allen and Tacker had back to back singles before both scored on a double by Brewer to make it 4-1 Lady Warriors. Brewer was thrown out trying to reach third on the play. Wiggins and Garrett had back to back two-out singles before Wiggins was forced at third on Acosta’s fielder’s choice. Alyssa Henry led off with a walk for the Lady Greyhounds in the bottom half as Jordan Mays followed with a single. Lentz popped out and Sammi Henry lined out before Kennedy doubled to score courtesy runner Rachel Martin and Jordan Mays making it 4-3 EPC. Shelton walked as Bridges followed with a single to score Kennedy tying the game at 4. Johnson grounded out to end the inning. Ward struck out looking leading off the sixth for EPC before Bryan reached on an error. Constant flew out and Allen grounded out leaving Bryan on base. Maggie Mays grounded out leading off for the Lady Greyhounds in the bottom half as Alyssa Henry was hit by a pitch. Jordan Mays doubled to score Martin making it 5-4 Marmaduke. Lentz stuck out looking before Sammi Henry singled as Jordan Mays scored on an EPC on the play making it 6-4 Lady Greyhounds. Kennedy walked.as Shelton singled to score Sammi Henry to make the score 7-2 Marmaduke. Kennedy was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball for the third out.
Tacker flew out as she led off the top of the seventh for EPC before Brewer singled. Wiggins popped out as Brewer was forced at second on Garrett’s grounder ending the game with Marmaduke winning 7-4.
Kennedy led the Lady Greyhounds with two hits, a run scored, three RBIs and a stolen base as Jordan Mays had two hits, two runs scored and a RBI. Sammi Henry had two hits and two runs scored, Shelton and Bridges both finished with a hit and a RBI, Lentz had a hit with Martin adding two runs scored a stolen base.
Sammi Henry got the win in the circle for the Lady Greyhounds as she pitched seven innings giving up four runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts.
Brewer had four hits, a run scored and two RBIs to lead EPC with Wiggins getting two hits and a RBI. Tacker had two hits and a run scored, Constant and Allen each had a hit and a run scored, Garrett had a hit as Bryan stole a base.
Allen was tagged with the loss for the Lady Warriors with six innings of work as she gave up seven runs on nine hits. She walked four, struck out three and hit a batter.
The Lady Greyhounds get a first round bye and will play at 10 am Friday morning May 12 at the 2A state softball tournament in Lepanto. The complete bracket may be found on the AAA website at www.ahsaa.org