Thursday, April 7, the Marion County Warriors softball team took to the diamond to face off against a district foe in the Tyner Rams. The Warriors would make quick work of the Rams, and after a huge fifth inning would finish the game, walking away with a 12-2 victory.
Grace Slatton was on the mound for the Warriors and she continued her streak of great pitching, striking out 9 batters while only giving up four hits in her five innings pitched. Reese Saylors would go 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI and Jana Peacock would go 2 for 4 with two RBI.
The game looked poised to be a defensive battle in the opening inning as both teams would retire the side in order, three up three down, to start things off. Things would look scary in the top of the second as Tyner’s leadoff batter would hit one over the fence to take an early 1-0 lead, but Slatton would strikeout the next two batters, and with two outs Desiree Nance would bring in the pop fly to keep the damage at 1-0.
The Warriors would start to come alive in the bottom of the second starting with a single from Saylors. Emma Tucker would be walked onto first base, which brought Macie Schebel to the plate. Schebel would hit a ground ball and would reach first on an error that brought Saylors back across home plate to tie things up at 1-1.
This brought Slatton to the plate where she would single with a ground ball to center field that brought
both Tucker and Schebel across home plate to take a 3-1 lead. Slatton would advance to second base after a Tyner error. Erica Fulfer would come in the game to run for Slatton, and she would be brought home by a sacrifice fly from Jersey Steele to extend the lead to 4-1, where it would remain at the end of the second.
Slatton would strikeout another two Tyner batters in the top of the third, but unfortunately for the Warriors they wouldn’t be able to get much going behind the plate either as the score remained 4-1 going into the top of the fourth.
The Warriors would force three outs from the first three Ram batters in the top of the fourth, and would look to grow their lead in the bottom of the inning. Saylors would leadoff for the Warriors and would send
one deep into center field and over the wall for a home run to move the lead to 5-1. Tucker would once again be walked, and Schebel would once again knock in a single to bring a run in as Tucker crossed home to extend the lead to 6-1, where it would remain at the end of the fourth.
The Warriors would give up another run in the top of the fifth as Tyner’s leadoff batter would reach on a dropped third strike, and their next batter would get on base with a single. A single from the next Ram batter would bring a run across home plate to cut the lead to 6-2, but Slatton would strike out the next two batters and would scoop up a ground ball and make the throw to first for the third out, cutting the damage to just one run in the inning.
The bottom of the fifth is where the Warriors would really start to pour it on and look to put an end to this one. Nance would start the inning by reaching on an error and would be brought home by a line drive from
Saylors. This would see the Warriors facing two outs early in the inning, but the rally would ensue starting with a single from Tucker who was brought home with a single from Schebel. Schebel would score herself after an error from Tyner to move the score to 9-2. Slatton and Steele would both get on base, and would be brought home from a double by Peacock to extend the lead to 11-2. The Warriors would need only one more run to put this one away, and they’d find it with a single from Nance that brought Peacock home, moving the score to 12-2 and putting an end to this one.
The Warriors have a big week ahead of them starting with three home games against Tullahoma, Soddy Daisy, and Sequatchie County on Monday, April 18, Tuesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 21. On Friday, April 22, they will travel to South Pittsburg as they look to complete the season sweep against the Pirates.
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