Lady Owls fifth at softball tourney

Sunday, September 27, 2015

NORBORNE -- The Marshall softball team dropped its two pool games Saturday in the Norborne Tournament before winning a rematch with Slater for fifth place.

Polo banged out eight hits and took advantage of seven errors to beat the Lady Owls in the opener, 9-3.

Senior Adrianna Staus singled in a run and score in the first inning for the Lady Panthers (11-7), who got a triple from junior Jennifer Farmer and grounder in the third for a 3-0 lead.

Marshall tied it in the bottom of the third with an error, sophomore Rileigh Massey's RBI single, three walks -- one with the bases loaded and a ground out by sophomore Ashley Dawson.

That was all the Lady Owls managed against junior pitcher Averie Heil. Senior Joely Hicks, senior Jenna Johnson and sophomore Shelby Copeland knocked in runs with singles during Polo's four-run fifth and Farmer scored after her second triple in the final frame.

The Lady Owls came up short in a late comeback bid during a 4-3 loss to Hardin-Central in the second game.

Sophomore Jillian Miller singled and scored on an error in the first for the Lady Bulldogs (6-8) -- who added two more in the second when sophomore McKenzie McBee tripled in a run and came home on a bouncer.

Sophomore Ashlynn Chamberlin doubled in junior Tiara Tindell in the Marshall fourth, but an error gave back the run in the bottom of the inning.

With two outs in the sixth, a hit batter and two errors produced two tallies for the Lady Owls, but sophomore Lacey Logsdon's ninth strikeout ended the contest.

Marshall freshman Hannah Marshall was in control of the situation during the finale, allowing only four hits and one earned run while striking out five batters during a 7-2 victory over the Lady Wildcats.

After junior Abbey Head singled in a run in the Slater first, the Lady Owls answered with four runs during their next at-bat. Sophomore Lyssa Agcalon tripled to plate two runs and scored on a wild pitch to end the rally.

A triple by Marshall followed by sophomore Taylor Crawford's single extended Marshall's lead to 5-1 in the third.

Head brought in the Lady 'Cats' second run with a triple in the fourth and wound up going three for three at the plate with a two-out double in the sixth.

Two errors led to a run for the Lady Owls in the fifth and Agcalon stole home after singling in the sixth.

Slater (2-15) will return home Monday to take on Fayette. Meanwhile, Marshall (5-16) will close out the regular season on its new field Thursday against NCMC rival Moberly.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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