Lady Owls split openers
The Marshall softball team got its season off to a promising start Saturday by winning a 3-1 decision over Knob Noster.
The Lady Owls followed that with a 7-4 loss to Iberia for a split in the rain-shortened Marshall Tournament.
Sophomore Makenna Parker scattered seven hits to get the win for Marshall, although the Lady Panthers got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the second inning. Sophomore Estella Huntsman provided a lead-off single and senior Olyvia Buzzanga drove her in with a single.
Senior Cassidy Brent kept the Lady Owls at bay until the fourth, which senior Abbie Marshall opened with a triple. She scored on a single by senior Kailei Allen, who stole second base and came around when senior Raziyah Thomas stroked a two-out triple for put Marshall in front.
The Lady Owls got an insurance run in the sixth when led off with a single, advanced to third base on a grounder and passed ball, and scored on senior Anna Bergstromís grounder.
Parker threw the first two innings of the second game, with sophomore Alynna Behrends taking over in the third and tossing two scoreless frames. Marshall took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Marshall doubled and came in on Allenís single. Thomas walked and a pair of double-steals allowed Allen to score.
Senior Emily Thompson put Iberia on the board with a solo homer in the bottom half of the frame.
Singles by Marshall, Allen and Thomas added a run in fourth for a 3-1 Lady Owl lead, but it all fell apart in the bottom of the fifth. Singles by seniors Emma Ray and Alyssa Perry, along with Thompsonís double, tied the contest.
Two walks loaded the bases, a botched fielderís choice let one run score, another was forced in by a walk and Ray capped the Lady Rangersí (1-1) six-run rally with a double.
Marshall reached on a two-base error in the top of the sixth, scoring on Allenís grounder, but didnít get another chance as the game ended on the time limit.
Allen and Marshall each had four hits on the day for the Lady Owls (1-1), who entertain Clinton for a non-conference contest Monday.
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