DAPHNE, Ala. -- McCracken County softball continued its travels through the American South this past Tuesday, falling to Daphne 5-1 to move to 6-3 on the season.
A four-run bottom of the fourth inning helped push the Trojans to victory over the Lady Mustangs, who committed three errors in the frame.
McCracken mustered four hits against vaunted senior ace Reagan Watkins, who picked up 11 strikeouts and trimmed her ERA to 0.55. The lone run against her came in the top of the fifth, when Lindsey Carroll snagged a base hit and Kalli Harris followed with a triple.
Daphne was led by MC Sweatt (3-for-3, 3B, two RBI) and Kennedy Cronan (2-for-3, 2B). McCracken was led by Carroll, Harris, Lakyn Largent and Elizabeth Lindsey, who all went 1-for-3.
Largent took the loss, yielding seven hits in the defeat.
The Trojans have been consistently ranked as one of the state's top five programs this season by www.al.com, and McCracken's tough trip continues tonight with another top Alabama program in Fairhope.
Wednesday's game against Niceville (Florida) was rained out and will not be rescheduled.
Owen 7, Ballard Memorial 1 -- At Louisville, Ballard Memorial fell behind in the first inning and there were no bombs from the Bomber bats to catch Owen County at the Valley Invitational Tournament.
Bombers pitcher Zack Etheridge walked the first two batters of the game and the Rebels jumped on the opportunity with a RBI single and two sacrifice flies to score three quick runs. The Bombers scored their only run in the bottom of the first, as Drew Collier singled and took second on the throwing error, stole third and then scored on Zack Drummond's single. The Rebels put the game away in the third by scoring four runs. The Bombers could muster only one extra-base hit, a double by Bradley Chandler.
Rebel starter Grant Cobb got the win throwing four innings, striking out eight and scattering only four hits. Etheridge took the loss for the Bombers.
Owen Co. 304 000 0 7 6 3
Ballard Mem. 100 000 0 1 5 5
WP: O-Cobb. LP: B-Etheridge
2B: B-Chandler. 3B: none. HR: none. Top hitters: B-Chandler 2-3, Records: Owen County 6-1, Ballard Memorial 2-7.
Graves 11, Carlisle 0 -- At Mayfield, Graves County pitchers Jordyn Naranjo and Lane Howell each allowed only one hit as the duo shut out Carlisle County in five innings. Naranjo threw four innings and got the win, giving up one hit, two walks and fanning five. Howell came in for the last inning and gave up one hit. Ian Fry took the loss for the Comets.
It did not take the Eagles long to blow the game wide open by plating 10 runs in the first inning. Ryan Overby's leadoff single got things going for the Eagles. Drew Cooper singled and the next two batters walked to get the first run across. Naranjo got credit for the second run on a long sacrifice fly to left field, and Zack Barnett doubled to center pushing across two more. With two outs, Brandon Richards singled and following two walks, Cooper singled in a pair followed by Howell's base-clearing double. Levi Nesler singled Howell in to put Graves up 10-0.
Carlisle Co. 0 00 000 0 0 2 2
Graves Co. (10) 00 100 0 11 9 0
WP: GC-Naranjo. LP: CC-Fry
2B: GC-Barnett, Howell, Williams. 3B: none. HR: none. Top hitters: GC-Cooper 2-3 (RBI), Howell 1-2 (3 RBI), Nesler 1-2 (2 RBI). Records: Carlisle 5-5, Graves 5-3.
Marshall 11, Lou. Southern 2 -- At Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Weston Harper and Blain Bizzle each threw three perfect innings for Marshall County and the bats came alive in support as the Marshals downed Louisville Southern in the Cal Ripken Experience Tournament.
The Marshals scored eight runs in the first four innings before the Trojans scored their first runs. Drake Anderson opened the game with a double to set the stage for the Marshals. After a walk, Cole Griggs singled both in and the Marshals were off and running. In the third, the Marshals increased the lead to five runs behind a two-run double by Lance Dyke. A two-run double by Lucas Forsythe and an RBI single by CJ Johnson plated three more runs in the fourth and put the game out of reach.
Harper got the win and struck out three in his outing. Bizzle closed the final three innings on no hits and fanned four.
Marshall Co. 212 302 1 11 10 4
Lou. Southern 000 200 0 2 2 1
WP: M-Harper. LP: LS-Bowles
2B: M-Forsythe, Dyke, Anderson, Belcher; LS-Fries. 3B: none. HR: none. Top hitters: M-Griggs 1-3 (2 RBI), Forsythe 1-2 (2 RBI), Buchmeir 2-2, Dyke 1-3 (2 RBI), Belcher 1-3 (2 RBI); LS-Fries 1-3 (2 RBI). Records: Marshall 9-3, Southern 4-9.
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