The Marceline softball team improved to 4-0 for the year and 1-0 in Lewis & Clark play on Tuesday evening at home. The Tigers defeated Schuyler County 5-2, and with the victory, have scored at least five runs in each game but have yet to allow more than four.
"It's always good to get the conference season started with a win," Marceline coach Todd Lowther said. "Schuyler's a quality opponent with a pretty good pitcher, and we had some good swings against her. We took advantage of some opportunities to score."
The Tigers recorded nine hits on Tuesday night, and scored four of their five runs in the first three innings. Schuyler tied it up at one-all in the top of the second before the Tigers posted a run in the bottom portion of the inning and two in the next.
Senior Marceline pitcher Maycee Edgar allowed five hits while striking out five and allowing no Schuyler batsman to reach via base on balls. Only one of her runs was earned.
"Maycee had a pretty good game for us, and she had pretty good control," Lowther said. "She had good change in velocity. Our defense has to get better, we had four errors tonight and that has to improve. We can't expect to consistently win like that."
Centerfielder Abbey Kussman and designated player Shelby Scott were the only two Tigers to record multiple hits with two apiece. Kussman also notched a pair of stolen bases.
Baylee Jobson hit a two-run bomb in the third inning.
After traveling to Salisbury on Thursday, Marceline will play a pair of conference games to open next week. The Tigers host Paris on Monday and Westran the following evening.
"We've played well in spurts," Lowther said. "Offensively, we've had some innings where we score multiple runs then go quiet. I'd like to see us be a little more consistent, and there are a lot of spots where we can get better. We've made some simple, simple mistakes, but when Maycee's pitching well, we're really tough to beat."