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Marshall Lady Mavs rally, but fall to Lady Tigers

By Nathan Hague
March 15, 2017 at 4 a.m.

By scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Marshall Lady Mavs were able to avoid the run rule but they weren't able to avoid the loss as they fell short to the Texas High Lady Tigers in a 10-5 final Tuesday.

After the loss, the Lady Mavs are now 4-17 overall and 0-2 in District 16-5A play. The Lady Tigers are 16-3 overall and 3-0 against district opponents.

Marshall leadoff hitter Haylie Rich went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run. Kinley Wilkins had a single, two RBI and one run. Vanessa Flores added a base hit and a run. Makayla Powell finished 1-for-3 with a double and one run. Chloe Buchanan reached on an error and scored on a fielder's choice.

Janet Flores pitched sixth innings for the Lady Mavs where she walked only one batter and struck out three.

Texas High outhit Marshall 16-5. Braley Tuner had three hits, including an home run and three RBI. Ryann Williams was 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and three runs. Bailey Groom went 2-for-4 with a single, a triple and two runs.

Ashley Wyrick finished 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and one run. Mabry Smith went 3-for-4. Mabry Smith was the winning pitcher as she threw five innings where she walked only one batter and had eight strikeouts.

Despite allowing two hits in the top of the first, the Lady Mavs didn't allow the Lady Tigers to score any runs as Janet Flores struck out the final batter after falling down 3-0 in the count. The Lady Mavs came up with one hit in the bottom half but were unable to get on the scoreboard.

Texas High scored first when Groom singled to score Madison Prince , who was a courtesy runner for Smith, and Kylee Spriggs to make it 2-0. Turner added to the lead with a three-run homer that sailed over the scoreboard in left field, scoring Ryann Williams and Groom to spread the Lady Tigers' lead to 5-0.

Three straight Lady Mavs struck out in the bottom of the inning to head into the third inning.

Wyrick and Ryann Williams each doubled and were brought home on a 2-RBI error by Kaitlyn Cross to make the score 7-0.

The top of the fifth saw Ryann Williams single before being brought home by Groom's RBI triple, making the score 8-0. Wyrick scored Groom on an RBI infield single to make it 9-0.

Alexis Bolden doubled in the sixth and was brought home on an RBI single from Spriggs to spread Texas High's lead to 10-0.

A scoreless bottom of the sixth inning would mean the end of the game for the Lady Mavs, but they managed to stretch it out to the seventh. Powell led off the bottom of the sixth with a double. She scored on an RBI single from Rich.

Buchanan reached on a fielder's choice. Buchanan and Rich scored on a two-RBI single from Wilkins. That made it 10-3. Flores took advantage of an error and ram home to make it 10-4. Wilkins found her way past home plate to make it 10-5. That was all the Lady Mavs were able to score as they went three up, three down in the bottom of the seventh.

Marshall will return to action Friday when they take on Sulphur Springs on the road.



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