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The Marshall County all-stars were clicking on all cylinders Monday morning in their initial championship bracket game, run-ruling Hazlet, NJ 10-0 in four innings.
"That was the best game we have played all year, bar none," said head coach Danny Hollingsworth. "We just played and beat a team that just beat a good North Carolina team 12-2."
With the win, Marshall County got some much needed time off before facing Prairie Village, KY, who upset the defending champion Oviedo, FL all-stars 1-0.
Samantha King, who was voted Player of the Game earned the pin with style, tossing a two-hit shutout, while striking out three, walking one, and hitting one Hazlet batter.
King also was a monster at the dish, going 3-3 with two RBIs.
"Sam threw a shutout at them with a great job of pitching once again," said Hollingsworth. "And our defense was flawless."
The defense behind King was superb; turning a sweet 6-4-3 double play in the first inning and catcher Carson Warner came up with two fantastic grabs on foul balls near the screen.
Leah Hollingsworth also had a big game with one hit in three at bats, but scored three runs and stole two bases, including a swipe of home as part of a double steal in the second inning.
Marshall County wasted little time taking control of the game as they scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, essentially taking the air out of Hazlet's balloon from the get-go.
"Finally, finally our hitting came through like it was supposed to," said Hollingsworth. "So we may be here at the very right time, it may be here right now."
Halle Chapman drove in two runs in the five-run first inning and Hannah Singleton continued her hot hitting, knocking in a run, along with Warner.
King shut down the Hazlet Hawks in the second inning before Marshall County tacked on three more runs to go up 8-0.
The Hollingsworth steal of home plate accounted for one of the runs and Aliyah Holder, who went 2-2 knocked in the other two runs with a double into the right/center field gap.
King set down the Jersey girls 1-2-3 in the third and Hawk hurler Alexis Zinckgraf did the same to the home squad.
New Jersey threatened with two outs in the top of the fourth when Megan Masi singled to right before King beaned Sarah Furch to put runners on first and second.
A wild pitch by King moved both runners up, but she escaped the inning on a soft liner to Singleton at second base.
Jordan Yelensky led off the home half of the inning with a single to left field and Hollingsworth followed with a base knock to put Marshall County girls on the corners.
A Hollingsworth steal moved both runners into scoring position for King, who drilled a shot to left, sending both runners across the plate to end the game.