Rain interrupts play before county squads notch late night wins
At about a quarter to three Thursday afternoon, a summer storm backed up on Marshall County from the east, sending sheets of rain and high winds across the Richard Cashion Sports Complex in Lewisburg that were so severe that it looked like it would be impossible to resume play in the Babe Ruth Southeast Region Softball Tournament.
However, anyone who knows Marshall County Youth Baseball and Softball League Field Representative Mike Tatum is well aware of the miracles he can work in getting the softball diamonds back in playing conditions.
Tatum and his crew of local volunteers worked tirelessly over the course of the next several hours and at approximately eight o'clock, Tatum had worked his miracle and play resumed.
The Marshall County 12U All-Stars took the field five hours after their regularly scheduled game time versus Madison County, North Carolina, and after a couple of innings of shaking off some rust, skipper Danny Hollingsworth's hometown girls went ballistic, sending twenty-two batters to the plate in a seventeen run, third inning and won 17-1.
Skylar Brandon, who went 3-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored in the four inning game, bashed a pair of two-run doubles in the third inning onslaught, including the scoreless breaking two-bagger with the bases loaded off the left field fence.
Marshall County leadoff batter Miranda Cooksey finished with a 3-4 night at the plate and had three hits in the big inning, including a pair of run-scoring singles and the center fielder scored twice.
Hannah Singleton also reached base three times as the scoreboard went ding, ding, ding in the third, as the second baseman was hitch by a pitch and scored, walked and scored, and in her third at bat in the frame, laced a run-scoring single to right field.
Jordan Yelensky chipped in mightily in the inning with a base clearing triple, catcher Emily Martin walked, scored and came up a second time and lashed an RBI base knock and scored again.
Also in the inning, Lori Beth Brown had a base hit and scored, Halle Chapman contributed with an RBI base knock, Blair Richards drove in one on a fielder's choice, and Taylor Patin tomahawked a two-run triple to the right field fence.
In the meantime, staff ace Carson Coble turned in a gem in the circle, as she did not allow a hit in her three innings of work and walked one Madison County batter, while striking out five.
Marshall County takes the field today at 1:00 versus New Kent, Virginia and they round out pool play versus 12U SE Region defending champions Altamonte Springs, Florida tomorrow night in the marquee monster match-up at 7:00 p.m.
In 10U action, David "Tooter" Paul's squad took the field about an hour after their 12U counterparts and they wasted no time taking a 2-0 first inning lead on a couple of Union County, North Carolina errors and an RBI base hit from Grace Thrasher.
In the third, Hannah Sheppard's two-run triple and another RBI single by Thrasher highlighted a four-run inning to give the local gals a 6-0 lead.
In the circle for Marshall County, Micaela King continued her outstanding post-season, tossing a no-hitter until Annie Pickett singled to left field with one out in the fourth inning.
King would get the complete game victory as the Pickett hit was the only base knock in the game for Union County.
In the top of the sixth, Marshall County took advantage of some shaky Union County defense and scored four runs on zero base hits to stretch their lead to ten-zip.
King got the first out in the bottom of the sixth on a grounder to Brook Paul at shortstop and struck out the next batter.
King walked the next Union County hitter, but Marshall County catcher Sydne Solomon picked her off, wandering at first to end the game.
Marshall County takes on Oviedo, Florida today at 3:00 p.m. and will wrap up pool play with an early nine o'clock game Saturday morning versus Glen Allen, Virginia, followed by a match-up with defending champions Pitt County at 5:00 p.m.