Marshall 10U All-Stars surge past Smyrna
The Marshall County 10U All-Stars advanced to the championship game of the USGF Recreational World Series softball tournament by defeating Smyrna 8-3 in five innings on Saturday afternoon in the third round at Ridley Park in Columbia
Having lost to Marshall County twice in the State Tournament a week ago, Smyrna appeared they might avenge those setbacks after building an 3-1 lead through the first three innings of play.
Marshall County, however, raised their level of play down the stretch and pushed across two runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 3-3 before exploding for five more runs in the fifth inning to pull out the victory.
Bolstered by their late offensive surge, Marshall County finished with nine hits overall. Hannah Wallace (1 RBI) and Taylor Pickle both tallied two hits to lead Marshall County at the plate. Jessa Lancaster (1 RBI), Ericka Campbell (1 RBI), Reese Worthington (1 RBI), Carly Edde (1 RBI), and starting pitcher Tatum Garrett notched one hit apiece as well.
Garret also went the distance in the circle to earn her fifth win of the tournament, as she allowed three runs, two earned, in five innings of work on two hits and two walks while racking up nine strikeouts.
Marshall County grabbed an early 1-0 lead by scratching out a run in the top of the first inning. After Garrett reached base on an infield single, courtesy runner Anna Davis stole second prior to advancing to third on a Wallace groundout. Smyrna's catcher tried unsuccessfully to pick off Davis at third, but the third baseman made an errant throw back to the pitcher, which allowed Davis to scamper home on the play.
Smyrna then notched a run in the bottom of the first with the help of a walk and an error to knot the score at 1-1 before pushing across two runs in the third inning on two hits and a walk to seize a 3-1 advantage.
Marshall County, though, got their offense cranked up in the top of the fourth and plated two runs in the frame to knot the game at 3-3. Wallace started Marshall County's comeback by legging out an infield single and stealing second. Lancaster then smacked a RBI single into right centerfield to drive in Wallace before advancing to second base on the throw home. After stealing third base, Lancaster scored on a wild pitch a few moments later.
Marshall County continued to build on that momentum in the top of the fifth inning and crossed home plate five times in the inning to take an 8-3 lead.
Following an infield single by Pickle, courtesy runner Addison Bunty stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Edde then drove in Bunty with a RBI single before Worthington belted a RBI triple to deep centerfield to make it 5-3. After Worthington scored on an error and Braylin Powers reached first on the play, Davis also reached base on a Smyrna defensive miscue to put runners on first and second with no outs. Powers then came home on a RBI infield single by Wallace before Campbell laced a RBI single into left field to plate Davis.
In the bottom of the fifth, Garrett retired Smyrna in order before the game was called due to time constraints.