The Marceline Tigers finished a dominant week on Thursday night, defeating Scotland County 10-0 in a game that never saw the seventh inning.
The Tigers outscored their opponents 36-1 over the course of this week's three games, and advance to 8-5. They now look ahead to a North Central Missouri College tournament in Trenton on Saturday that will offer stingier competition than the Tigers have seen since Salisbury.
"Our pitching and our defense, I've been pleased with," Marceline coach Todd Lowther said. "We have to rely on that a lot, but our hitting was good today and we didn't waste a lot of opportunities. We needed this week after a loss to Salisbury."
Marceline keyed on a pair of big innings Thursday night, posting four runs on four hits in both the third and fifth innings. Darcy Dorrell stroked a ground-rule double -- on of her three hits -- that crossed Baylee Jobson in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game.
Dorrell and Jobson were two of the five Tigers with a multi-hit game against Scotland pitcher Ashley Creek on Thursday. Kenzie Stahl, Abbey Kussman, and Gabby Bollman each recorded a pair of hits, and the Tigers finished with 13 in total.
"We're swinging the bats and connecting with the ball pretty well," Bollman, the catcher, said. "We especially have to carry that into the weekend, there'll be some good competition."
Marceline pitcher Maycee Edgar held the blue Tigers to just three hits, and two of them came in the first inning. Scotland stranded three runners in scoring position in the first two innings, and did not have another baserunner until the sixth inning.
"We ran dry in the middle of the lineup," Scotland County coach Cory Schultz said. "We left several stranded, and the last few games that's something we haven't been doing. They made some pretty good plays to hold us at bay and keep us from getting any free bases."
Schultz's club falls to 8-5 with Thursday night's loss.
Marceline opens Saturday's tournament against a 14-1 North Harrison club, followed by a Plattsburg group that enters the weekend 6-1. The third game of the afternoon will be versus a Milan opponent billed at 6-6.