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Lady Owls third at Norborne tourney

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Junior James Elfrink sliced more than a minute off his home course record during the Marshall Invitational.
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NORBORNE -- The Marshall softball team won three of four games Saturday to finish in third place in the Norborne Tournament, the program's top trophy in its brief history.

The Lady Owls rallied from a three-run deficit after four innings in their first pool contest, taking a 9-7 decision from Lone Jack. The comeback began with two runs in the top of the fifth, coming in on junior Hannah Pace's single and a grounder by sophomore Cheyann Griffitt.

Marshall scored four runs with two outs to take the lead in the sixth, senior Jessica Johnson stroking a two-run double to tie the contest. After a walk, two more runs came in on Pace's single.

The Lady Mules (7-7) got a run on three hits during their final at-bat, but senior Raha Shahabzada pitched out of the jam.

For the second time of the week, the Lady Owls claimed a one-run decision over Slater, 5-4. The Lady Wildcats led 4-1 after senior Sara Reynolds tripled in a run and came in on an error in the third, but again Marshall staged a late charge.

Sophomore Haley Campbell, senior Abby Crawford and Johnson singled for a run with one out in the fifth and two more came in on a double by sophomore Shelby Dawson, who crossed with the go-ahead run on Griffitt's single.

Shahabzada stranded two runners in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. Slater (2-14) lost its other two pool games, 9-3 to Lone Jack and 18-1 to Norborne.

The host Lady Pirates handed Marshall its lone loss to close out the preliminaries, 6-0. Madison McKinney gave up a pair of singles in the bottom of the first inning and nothing afterwards, striking out seven, and Cheyanne Baxter clubbed two-run homer for Norborne (16-1) -- which beat Richmond for the championship, 8-3.

The Lady Owls scored all of their runs in the first inning during a 3-2 victory over Polo in the trophy game. Crawford singled and was on base when Dawson homered. Shahabzada drew a walk and came around on senior Courtney Crusha's double.

The Lady Panthers (11-9) scored two unearned runs on an error in the third, but Shahabzada wound up with a two-hitter.

Johnson led Marshall (5-15) offensively during the tourney with four hits and four RBIs.

The Lady Owls' weekend prosperity didn't carry over into Monday's NCMC home doubleheader against Hannibal, with losses of 10-4 and 17-7.

The Lady Pirates scored five runs in the top of the third on RBI singles by freshman Gabby Ewert, sophomores Ashley Wilson and Jasmine Winningham, and sophomore Diamond Mickels for an 8-0 lead.

Marshall scored two runs on one hit, Shahabzada's single, in the third, but went into the bottom of the seventh trailing by eight runs after Wilson and Mickels tripled and scored in the top of the frame.

Johnson singled and scored on a triple by Crawford, who came in on Crusha's grounder.

Making up a rain-out at Hannibal earlier in the season, the Lady Owls were visitors for the nightcap -- and jumped out to a 7-3 lead with four tallies in the first and three in the second, senior Hayley Lyell and Dawson singling in runners.

Marshall was blanked for the rest of the game while the Lady Pirates answered with three runs in the bottom of the second on six walks and senior Gabby York's second RBI single of the game.

Five walks, a hit batter, two errors and two hits -- notably sophomore Rachel Rawlings' two-run, two-out single -- completed the comeback and put Hannibal well ahead with eight runs in the fourth.

Rawlings and junior Sammi Riley extended the margin with singles in the fifth for the Lady Pirates (6-12, 4-6 NCMC).

Crawford had three hits and scored twice during the twinbill for the Lady Owls (5-17, 0-11), who head to Warrensburg today.

Cross Country: Avolos, Sporleder maintain medal streak

Junior Roxana Avolos and sophomore Ben Sporleder captured their fourth medals in as many meets before a home crowd Saturday during the Marshall Invitational.

The Lady Owls' lone varsity entry, Avolos (22:38) covered the course one minute, 27 seconds faster than she did a year ago to finish in 15th place in a field of 50 runners.

A transfer from Maryville, Sporleder (18:07) hadn't run the circuit before, but still was 14th out of 66 entries. His two Marshall teammates improved their times from last year: junior James Elfrink (19:52) by 1:08 while coming in 42nd and sophomore Zach Petzoldt (20:45) by 52 seconds in placing 53rd.

Warrensburg won both the boys' (20 points) and girls' (35) team titles, with senior Shannon Ward (20:15) victorious for the Lady Tigers. Kirksville senior Andrew Gordon (16:33) was the boys' winner.

The Owls will compete Thursday in the Moberly Invitational.

Volleyball: Chillicothe 2, Marshall 1

CHILLICOTHE -- Chillicothe pulled away at the end of the third game Monday to take a 20-25, 25-10, 25-19 non-conference home win against Marshall volleyball team.

The Lady Owls trailed by 12-2 during the first rotation of the deciding set, but rallied to pull to within a point at 15-14, with the serve. However, the Lady Hornets (4-6) scored five straight points when they got sideout.

Freshman Abbie Lemmons led Marshall with 12 kills and junior Karson Heying knocked down 10 shots and blocked four. Defensively, sophomore Olivia Haug came up with 10 digs and junior Kendra Castle made seven saves.

Junior Analee Tucker had all three aces for the Lady Owls (7-11-2), who host Kirksville for an NCMC match Thursday.



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