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Marshall Lady Mavs fall on senior night to Lady Lions, 12-1

By Nathan Hague
April 20, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Marshall's softball team was unable to get its first District 16-5A win on senior night Tuesday when it fell to the Greenville Lady Lions, 12-1.

The Lady Mavs currently hold an overall record of 4-26 and a district record of 0-11.

Marshall head coach Alli Shepperd said she thinks the pressure of trying get their first win got to the Lady Mavs.

"I think there was a lot of added pressure," Shepperd said. "I also think the last time we were home playing against Sulphur Springs, we did not hit very well and we did not hit very well again tonight. When you let the other team put up 12 or 13 runs, you've got to score 13 or 14 runs. We didn't have that mindset tonight. It was more like, 'Just try to get on base,' instead of getting on base, trying to score runs and make stuff happen. I think the mental state was not where it should have been."

Marshall was outhit 11-5. Gabby Moore finished 2-for-3. Vanessa Flores went 1-for-3 with one run. Haylie Rich went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Kinley Wilkins went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Peyton West pitched a total of four-and-one third innings as she left the game in the second to re-enter in the fifth. She allowed eight runs on seven hits, one walk and struck out seven batters.

Greenville's Katie Shaw went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and three runs. Allie Walden went 3-for-5 with two doubles and one run. Allison Gilmore went 2-for-4 and scored on run. Madelyn Jones reached on two hits, a fielder's choice and scored one run. Mandy Ryan singled, reached on a fielder's choice, a bunt single and scored two runs. Danielle Mumphrey went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs. Jade Jacobs reached on two errors, had one RBI and scored one run. Stephenie Hutchings reached on an error and scored on run. Katie Shaw was the winning pitcher as she pitched four innings, allowing four hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

Three straight Lady Tigers singled to load the bases in the top of the second. Jacobs' single scored Gilmore for the game's first run. An error at the plate allowed Mumphrey to score to make it 2-0. A two-run single scored Jones and Ryan. That made it 4-0. Walden followed that up with an RBI double to bring Shaw home to spread the Lady Lions' lead to 5-0. Janet Flores stepped into the circle to pitch for the Lady Mavs.

The Lady Mavs got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Vanessa Flores singled then slid home on an RBI single from Wilkins to make it 5-1.

Ryan and Shaw each singled before scoring on a two-RBI double from Walden, making the score 7-1. An error in the outfield allowed Hutchings to reach first as Walden was brought home to give the Lady Lions an 8-1 lead. Hutchings took advantage of a wild pitch and scored from third base to spread her team's lead to 9-1.

Shaw doubled in the top of the seventh to score Mumphrey who was walked. Jacobs and Shaw both scored to make it 12-1.

Marshall's four seniors who were honored before the game Tuesday were Wilkins, Makayla Powell, Vanessa Flores and Camryn Williams.

"They definitely bring defense," Shepperd said of her seniors. "Moving Vanessa to second base has been very helpful and obviously Kinley at third and Noodles (Makayla Powell) and Cam (Camryn Williams) in that right field spot, defensively have been huge. Of course offensively, everyone on the team is struggling right now but it's nice to see those seniors step up every now and then and start a rally like Kinley did tonight."

The Lady Mavs will play their final game of the season when they go up against Hallsville on the road Friday.



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