Marceline's softball club won a shootout on Thursday night, 15-11, against South Shelby in the district semifinal. The Tigers advance to play Macon at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Tigers sailed out to a 9-0 lead, posting three runs in the first inning and exploding for six more in the third.
The wheels fell off in the fourth inning when the Ladybirds roared back for nine runs on six hits. Marceline tacked on another pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, and four more in the fifth to secure a victory.
Maycee Edgar pitched the opening three-and-two-thirds innings, and Savanna Kelly came in for the remainder of the game and earned the statistical win.
Marceline coach Todd Lowther said that although Edgar didn't flaunt her first-team all-conference pedigree on Thursday night, there was no reason for concern moving forward.
"It wasn't a normal game for us, it's not typical of us to give up that many runs," Lowther said. "Maycee didn't have her good stuff tonight, but credit to them for swinging the bats. She's a tough kid, and she'll learn from it. She's won a lot of big games for us. The good thing for us is that we continued to battle and kept scoring runs. We put the pressure on them, and I think Savanna Kelly calmed the game down a little."
Marceline finished the game with 12 hits to South Shelby's 10. Darcy Dorrell finished the evening 4-for-4 at the plate, and Edgar, Kenzie Stahl, Abbey Kussman, and Maisie Billups all had a pair of hits.
The Tigers advance to 18-5.