Marceline's softball season came to an abrupt halt on Monday night when the Tigers were dumped by host school Macon in the Class 2 District 16 championship. It took nine innings for the Macon side to walk away with the 4-3 victory. Marceline finishes its season 19-6.
The game was originally slated to be played Saturday at 1 p.m. before being moved back to 6, but sloppy field conditions pushed the game back past the weekend.
"I told them I was proud of the season that they had," Marceline coach Todd Lowther said. "We had a lot of good things happen for us this year, and it's a good group of girls to work with. A lot of them are pretty young to the sport, which can make my job easier. It's a tough way to end the season in a winnable game, but it wasn't meant to be. Macon got the big hit, and we had opportunities we weren't able to cash in on.
"We knew they could hit, and they're a good team in a good conference."
After taking a 1-0 deficit in the first inning, top-seeded Marceline tied the game on a solo moonshot to centerfield by Gabby Bollman in the bottom of the second, her first of two hits on the night.
After Marceline plated another pair in the third to take a 3-1 lead, the Tigers looked to be rolling. Baylee Jobson reached on error and Maycee Edgar singled behind her, and Darcy Dorrell and Bollman recorded runs batted in in consecutive plate appearances.
After that, however, the Marceline offense ran dry. The Tigers put runners in scoring position in the bottom of both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Taylor Wheeler walked to begin the inning and reached scoring position, and the following frame, Edgar doubled to start things off before being stranded.
The run of truth came when three of four Macon batters singled to begin the ninth, and the host side retired the top seed in order in the bottom of that frame.
Edgar allowed 12 hits, striking out four and walking one. Only two of her runs allowed were earned, as Marceline was credited with three errors in the game. Macon pitcher Macey Harrington allowed seven hits.
"I thought Maycee threw well, and we tried to pitch them on their hands quite a bit. Our defense let us down a couple times," Lowther said. "We didn't lose it so much as Macon won it."
Macon plays the District 15 winner, Penney, who shocked reigning sectional champion Trenton in the district finals.
The Macon side advances to 14-10.
"We knew that it was going to be a tough game, and they're a talented group of kids," Macon coach Amber Duncan said. "Basically, the conversation was consistently reminding them that the game was not over. It was a conversation all season, and I think we can agree that the girls executed that this evening."