In the six games before Saturday's tournament at Schuyler County, the Marceline Tigers' softball team had outscored its opponents 73-0.
Though the Tigers walked away the victors of the tournament, Saturday's three wins looked vastly different than the victories they amassed throughout the week-and-a-half long tear coming into the day.
After dumping Scotland County 8-2 to begin the morning, the Tigers picked up a slim, 8-7 victory over Cairo before defeating Knox County 1-0 on just a single, seventh-inning hit by Gabby Bollman to score Maycee Edgar.
Marceline coach Todd Lowther said that the final game against the Eagles brought him joy to simply be a spectator, much less a coach. He believes that it was the greatest softball game he's seen played this season.
"Both teams played a great game, and we happened to get a key hit with a runner on," Lowther said. "That might be the type of game that you have down the road. We had a couple of those last year late in the season, you might have to win 1-0 or 2-1. Our defense was solid, we made some good plays. It was a game where we didn't beat ourselves, we won a game more than they lost it."
Marceline hosts Knox County on Tuesday night, and will host Macon on Thursday to round out its regular season. Both games are set to begin at 5 p.m. The Tigers move to 16-4 with their three weekend victories.