The Marceline Lady Tigers have played two games in the last two days, that’s a lot of softball for anyone. Monday night, Marceline lost a road game, but rebounded and showed the heart of a champion last night in a thrilling contest at Lion’s Field.
Last night, the team returned home for a Lewis and Clark Conference showdown with rival Salisbury. The Lady Panthers sent four to the plate in the top of the first, but thanks to a quick Fielder’s Choice to snag a runner at home, and one strikeout for pitcher Morgan McCormick, no damage was done. Morgan started things off with an infield single, and Abby Gauthier followed suit. Brooks bunted her way on base, to load the pads for Marceline. But a rundown on that same play left only two on for the Lady Tigers. Those two would end the frame stranded. After one inning, the game was tied 0-0.
Salisbury sent four to the plate again in the top of the second, with no runs scoring, and Morgan earning another strikeout. Marceline was retired in order in the bottom of the inning. After two innings, the game was scoreless.
Salisbury went down in order to start the third frame. Shoop walked to start the home half of the inning, as did Morgan. With two outs, Madison singled to load the bases. Peiffer reached on an error, earning an dRBI and re-loading the bases. Dorrell walked to earn an RBI and keep the pads full. But, the inning would end with them full as well, stranding three. After three innings, the Lady Tigers led 2-0.
Salisbury scored one run in six at-bats in the top of the fourth. Morgan earned two strikeouts in the frame as well. Marceline was retired in order to end the inning. After four innings, the Lady Tigers led 2-1.
Salisbury exploded for three runs in the top of the fifth, sending seven to the plate. An inning-ending double play at first and second halted the onslaught. Marceline was again retired in order to end the inning. After five innings, the Lady Tigers now trailed 4-2.