15-16 year old Senior League girls dance all the way to District 3 Title

Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Photos by Anthony S. Puca The District 3 15-16 year old Senior League Champs from Marshall County.

"Spook" Clark and his 15-16 year old Senior League squad wasted no time in eliminating Giles County as they swept by the Pulaski crew by scores of 13-3 on Friday and a title winning shellacking of 20-12 on Saturday night.

Spook promised his girls a hip-hop dance on the field if they claimed the title and that is just what they got as he did a shake, rattle, and roll in a late evening moon-lit sky in front of the traveling Marshall County fans after the clinching victory.

In game two Saturday night, the girls fell behind 4-0 in the top of the first inning, then turned on the afterburners and outscored Giles County 20-8 in the remainder of the contest. The Marshall County crew tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the first as they batted around. The big blow was a two-out two-run single by Rian Wright.

After starting pitcher Mandy Sanders retired Giles County 1-2-3 in the top half of the second, "Spook's" crew exploded for ten runs in the bottom of the inning to open up an insurmountable margin.

Jessica Hunt started the onslaught with a two-run double, Selena Smith walked with the bases loaded for an RBI, an error scored another, and Sanders drove home two more with a single up the middle. After a Destin Payne bunt single, second baseman Stacia Osborne knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field. Hunt then dealt the Giles County girls a heavy blow with a blast off the right field fence that scored two more and gave Hunt two hits and four RBI's in the inning.

Marshall County got a little sloppy in the third, allowing five unearned runs to let Giles County close to 14-9, but they came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a Sanders two-run double to re-stretch the lead back to 16-9.

Giles County scored two more in the fifth, but Marshall County again matched the out-put and won going away 20-12. The offense heroes on the night were Sanders, who went 3-5 with 5 RBI's; Hunt went 4-5 with 5 RBI's, and Destin Payne, who went 5-5 with 4 runs scored. The blazing fast Payne went an incredible 12-12 from the plate in the two games.

After his victory dance, "Spook" commented, ""I'm so proud of the girls, overall they played great with just a few shaky moments. I am always proud when they do a good job. We were up against a good pitcher and they hit the ball great."

Asked about Payne's terrific offensive performance, "Spook" smiled and said, "When she gets on base, she can really go. She has got some wheels!"

The Senior League girls will travel to Eagleton in East Tennessee to begin play in the State Tournament on July 14-20.

Coach's error almost cost 13-14 Senior girls title in Giles County

After a 4-2 loss at the hands of Giles County on Friday night, the Marshall County Senior League 13-14 year old girl's stormed back and claimed a hard earned 7-2 victory Saturday night to tie the series at one game apiece behind some stout defense and timely hitting.

Lori "Tree Frog" Pearson was huge at the plate, going 2-3 with five RBI's and Candace Caneer went 1-2 with a big two run single. Kiera Osborne was stellar in the circle, pitching a complete game and giving up just three hits. Allison Adcock also made two remarkable run stopping catches in center field.

In a bizarre twist of events, Giles County protested the contest because MCLL coach Chris Roberts unknowingly broke a player substitution rule. Roberts failed to get one player an at bat in the game and Giles County was quick to jump on the mistake. The umpire crew and Giles County Little League officials could not come to a firm decision and summoned help from the Region.

Initially, a ruling was made that Marshall County would have to forfeit the game, giving Giles County the title. Chris Pickins, head umpire and Pulaski resident, along with Roberts were not satisfied with the decision and summoned help from the Little League Region office in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Approximately an hour and a half went by when Sally Henderson, Giles County Little League President called a meeting with the umpire crew and Roberts and informed them that a decision was made via telephone with St. Petersburg that Marshall County would not have to forfeit the game, but Roberts would be suspended for the remainder of the District Tournament.

Pickins was happy with the ruling and said, "I am very comfortable with the decision made by the region office, the girls get to play and that is the way it should be. The game should be decided on the field."

Roberts, visibly upset by his mistake said, "I don't want to take a game away from the girls because of a mistake a coach made. It was a great ballgame and game three will be a great game as well."

Roberts told his squad about his mistake and said," I am sorry and Coach Freddie Howard will lead you now, he knows everything I know and I am sure he will do a great job."

The third and deciding game will be played at 6:00pm on Monday night at Richland Field in Minor Hill.

Because of our early publication on Tuesday this week due to the Fourth of July holiday; look for the results of the third and final game at www.marshalltri bune.com