Lady Indians break even on week
Tribune Sports Staff
With less than three weeks left in the season, the Lady Indians (8-13) began the week Monday with come-from-behind victory over Brookland Monday at Marked Tree.
Marked Tree 5, Brookland 4
Drawing 10 walks was part of what set the stage for the Lady Indians comeback. They were down 4-2 as they entered the bottom of the seventh inning and the Brookland pitcher proceeded to walk the first two Lady Indians who came up. Natalie Corpier then hit a sacrifice single which advance the runners to second and third. Holly Malone then came up and was walked as well to load the bases. Samantha Blagg next hit a single which brought in two runs to tie the game at 4-all with Blagg and Malone on first and third. Malone then went in for the win when she reacted quickly to a passed ball beating the catcher to the plate.
"We played good defense," coach Waylon Dunn. "It kept us in the game."
Corpier pitched the entire game giving up seven hits and two walks while fanning four.
Offensively, Corpier, Blagg and Christy Plunkett were all 1 for 3, Blagg registering two RBIs and Plunkett hitting a double and scoring a run.
Rivercrest 10, Marked Tree 0
A five-run first inning seemed to take the wind out of the sails of the Lady Indians Tuesday when they hosted Rivercrest and the Lady Colts downed their hosts 10-0.
"They didn't have any big hits or any thing," Dunn said later. "They just hit singles over and over and we couldn't do anything about it."
Like the day before only Corpier, Plunkett and Blagg were able to hit safely as all went 1 for 3.
Corpier opened the game on the mound and struck out three but gave up eight runs on eight hits and six walks. In the fifth inning Aerial Vance came in and finished the game. She fanned three in this, her first trip to the mound while allowing two runs on four hits and one walk.
"Aerial did a real good job when she came in." Dunn said about his freshman's pitching effort. "But elsewhere, we just seemed like we couldn't do anything. I think we thought we were going to do better than we did. And I think those five runs in the opening inning got us down early."
Marked Tree 15, EPC 0
Just a week after that met for the first time on the year, the Indians hosted their biggest rivals EPC on a threating day and just barely were able to get their game in with a 15-0 victory.
"That was just an old nasty rainy day." Dunn said. "We were just tickled to complete the game. We loved the win of course, but we didn't need another game to make up. It's getting too close to the end of the season and we're behind the eight ball on some games already, so I'm glad we got it in."
Corpier took the win striking out eight and giving up six hits. She also added a hit in three at bats and scored two runs.
Emma Terrell led the game in point production with a grand slam and six RBIs in three at-bats. Blagg and Green had two RBIs and two runs each off of 2 for 4 days. Malone also was 2 for 4 with a double, three runs scored. Plunkett was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored while Crystal Gibson was 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Also contributing offensively were Green, who scored four runs on two walks and two errors, plus had four steals, Whitney Walker scored two runs and stole two bases and Sommer Smith scored two runs and stole four bases.
Green County Tech-6, Marked Tree-0
Last Saturday, the Lady Indians went to the Marion Tournament and beginning that played three games throughout the day beginning with Green County Tech.
"Against GCT we hit the ball fairly well, but they made the plays they needed to to win the game and we didn't." Dunn said. "We beat ourselves a little bit in the field. We made four errors that led to most of their runs. But other than that I thought we played pretty good. They had a really good pitcher who wore us out earlier in the year. But I was pretty pleased with this game."
Only Corpier, Blagg and Plunkett were able to get hits going 1 for 3 each. On the mound, Corpier gave up five hits and three walks while striking out four.
Nettleton-3, Marked Tree-0
The Lady Indians next met Nettleton and were able to get only one hit on the day, Green hitting a double in her two at-bats.
"Against Nettleton, Aerial pitched that game." Dunn said. "She's a ninth grader and I thought she did a good job. I thought we played exceptionally well defensively."
Vance allowed five hits while fanning three.
"They had a pitcher named Wise who struck us out about 15 times. She throws it about 62 or 63 mph. Taylor managed to get a double off of her, but other than that, we were never in danger of scoring a run. But, holding them to three runs in my opinion was an accomplishment."
Marked Tree-5, Forrest City-1
"By the third game against Forrest City, I thought we put it all together and we beat them." Dunn said about their last game of the day. "We didn't hit the ball as well as I liked, but we hit it well enough to win. We scored just enough runs to win, but we'll take it."
Corpier had a good day on the mound giving up only four hits and allowing three walks while striking out two. She also scored one run while going 2 for 4 from the plate.
Leading the offense, however was Blagg with a 3 for 4 day and one run scored. The other three runs came from Plunkett who scored twice and went 1 for 4, and Smith who was 1 for 3 with the final run. Additionally, Terrell also went 3 for 4, Green was 1 for 3 and both Whitney Walker and Malone who were 1 for 4.
Marked Tree was scheduled to be at Cross County and Manila Tuesday and today Wednesday) of this week while hosting Bay on Thursday.