10Us win bracket play opener

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Marshall County starting hurler Tatum Garrett delivers a pitch to home plate in the top of the first inning against Fine Line Lawn Care. Tribune photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After posting a perfect 3-0 record in pool play, the Marshall County 10U All-Stars opened bracket play in the USGF Recreational World Series softball tournament by defeating Fine Line Lawn Care 8-1 in three innings on Saturday afternoon at Ridley Park in Columbia.

Bolstered by a five-run first inning, Marshall County finished with seven hits and three walks overall. Jessa Lancaster (3 RBI) and Hannah Wallace (2 RBI) both tallied two hits to lead Marshall County's offensive attack, while Addison Bunty (1 RBI), Taylor Pickle (1 RBI), and Anna Davis notched one hit apiece.

Mound star

Marshall County's Taylor Pickle lays down an RBI bunt single in the bottom of the first inning against Fine Line Lawn Care.

Having tossed a perfect game against Bellevue the previous day, Marshall County starting pitcher Tatum Garrett turned in another strong performance in the circle to earn her fourth victory of the tournament and yielded just one unearned run in three innings of work on four hits to go along with four strikeouts.

Fine Line Lawn Care grabbed an early 1-0 lead by notching a run in the top of the first inning on two hits and an error, but Marshall County quickly counterpunched and pushed across five runs in the bottom half of the frame to seize a 5-1 advantage.

Davis drew a leadoff walk prior to stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Following a walk by Garrett, courtesy runner Braylin Powers stole second before Davis raced home on a RBI infield single by Wallace. After Wallace stole second, Lancaster laced a two-run single into centerfield to make it 3-0 prior to advancing to third on an error while Erika Campbell reached second base on the play. Lancaster then scampered home on a wild pitch before Campbell scored on a RBI bunt single by Pickle.

End of jam

FLLC had a chance to put a dent in Marshall County's lead in the top of the second inning after loading the bases with no outs on an infield single, an error, and a hit batsman, but Garrett quickly settled down and retired the next three batters on a pop out, a lineout, and a groundout to escape the jam.

In the bottom of the second, Marshall County tacked on three more runs to open up an 8-1 advantage. Garrett drew a leadoff walk before courtesy runner Anna Davis stole second. Wallace then lined a RBI single into centerfield to plate Davis prior to stealing second. After driving in Wallace with a RBI single to give Marshall County a 7-1 lead, Lancaster stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Lancaster came home a few moments later when Bunty ripped a RBI single down the left field line that deflected off the third baseman's glove.

Garrett then worked around a leadoff single in the top of the third before the game was called due to time constraints.