Lady Greyhounds End Season at State
Marmaduke (26-5) was held to one run on three hits as two-time defending Class 2A state softball champions Spring Hill handed the Lady Greyhounds a 5-1 loss in the second round of the state tournament this past Friday in Lepanto. Marmaduke got a bye in the opening round.
The Lady Bears threatened to score in the top of the first as a two-out error and stolen base got a runner to second before Sammi Henry induced a ground ball out for out three. Jordan Mays legged out an infield hit leading off for Marmaduke only to be left there as Natalie Lentz flew out, Sammi Henry grounded out and April Kennedy struck out. Spring Hill threatened again in the top of the second getting two runners on before a pop out ended the top half of the inning. Natalie Shelton struck out leading off the bottom half for the Lady Greyhounds as Bailey Bridges followed with a ground out. Angel Johnson reached on an error before Maggie Mays singled. Alyssa Henry grounded out to end the inning as the score stayed 0-0 after two.
Spring Hill scored three runs in the top of the third to go up 3-0. Marmaduke went down in order in the bottom half as Jordan Mays popped out, Lentz flew out and Sammi Henry grounded out. The Lady Bears got runners to second and third with two outs as a fly ball out left them stranded. Marmaduke again went down in order as Kennedy flew out, Shelton popped out and Bridges struck out as the score stayed 3-0 Lady Bears after four innings of play.
The Lady Bears got a one-out single in the top of the fifth before Sammi Henry got back to back pop ups to leave the runner on base. Johnson struck out leading off the bottom of the fifth for Marmaduke as Maggie Mays drew a walk before going to second on a passed ball. Alyssa Henry grounded out as Jordan Mays singled to score Maggie Mays making it 5-1 Spring Hill. Lentz grounded out for the third out. The Lady Bears used two hits, a sacrifice fly and an error to plate two more runs in the top of the sixth to increase their lead to 5-1. Sammi Henry and Kennedy both grounded out in the bottom half for Marmaduke as Shelton struck out for out three as the score stayed 5-1 Lady Bears.
Spring Hill left a runner on base after a two-out single as Sammi Henry got a ground ball out for the third out. Bridges watched strike three go by leading off the bottom of the seventh as Johnson went down swinging. Maggie Mays popped out to end the game and end the Lady Greyhounds' season with the 5-1 loss.
We made a few errors like we normally due but we usually overcome those with our hitting and we didn't today. She's (Spring Hill pitcher) has won two state titles so she's a little better than average, Marmaduke head coach Rick Smith said after the game. I'm proud of all of our kids but especially our four seniors. Getting to coach them for two years, I'm the one who's lucky, Smith added.
Jordan Mays had two hits, a RBI and a stolen base in her last game for the Lady Greyhounds as Maggie Mays added a hit and a run scored.
Sammi Henry, also playing her last game, took the loss in the circle for Marmaduke as pitched a complete game giving up five runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts.