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Lady Owls hit five homers in sweep

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Shelby Dawson cracked three homers and knocked in nine runs during the Lady Owls' two wins over Knob Noster.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
The Marshall softball team was glad to back at full strength Tuesday.

Three days after playing without their main pitchers during a 37-5 loss to Kingsville, the Lady Owls were able to keep Knob Noster's hitters in check while muscling up for a pair of five-inning Glenn Shippy League victories in the Lyon Bowl, 18-8 and 16-7.

Shelby Dawson drove in five runs with a pair of homers in the opener, including a two-run shot in the third inning following Jessica Johnson's base hit which knocked in two runs.

Dawson followed another Johnson two-run single in the fourth by going yard with two runners on base in the fourth.

The power display was apparently contagious, as Bri Varner and Johnson found the fences for back-to-back dingers in the fifth -- the second shot ending the contest early on the "10-run rule."

The Lady Panthers only got two hits off of Marshall hurler Raha Shahabzada, including Lorann Irey's two-run single in the fifth.

The Lady Owls weren't done hitting after the early game, scoring four runs in the first inning of the nightcap -- getting successive hits from Hanna Pace, Johnson, Dawson, Varner and Abby Crawford.

Irey's three-run shot in the top of the second put Knob Noster in front, 6-4, but the Birds struck back with Dawson's game-tying third homer of the day with a runner on board.

Dawson allowed only one more run over her final three innings on the rubber, Brooke Beaupre going deep to lead off the fifth, while Marshall kept slugging.

Mackenzie Cochran, Hayley Campbell and Pace had RBI singles in the third and the Lady Owls rallied in the fourth for seven runs on four hits -- including Campbell's three-run double and RBI hits from Johnson and Cheyenne Griffitt.

For the day, Dawson and Johnson -- in the third and fourth spots of the line-up -- went a combined nine for 14 at the plate, scoring 11 runs and driving in 16.

The biggest problem for Marshall's pitchers was control, walking 24 batters in 10 innings of work.

The Lady Owls (4-4) played at Kingsville on Wednesday night and will travel to Windsor today.



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