Lady Indians go 1-1 to end week

Friday, March 21, 2008

Tribune Sports Staff

Marked Tree picked up its second win of the season against five losses Thursday against BIC, as Hannah Ghant returned to the lineup with a vengeance, striking out 12 batters for a 7-4 victory on Lady Indian field.

"It was the first game back for Hannah and she did well," said coach Waylon Dunn. "We did some things good, hit the ball well. But we made some errors and we need to correct that."

After seating the Lady Mustangs three-up and three-down, the Lady Indians took a quick 2-0 lead on runs by Ghant and Deziree Tull, the one and two batters.

Ghant then struck out the next three batters, putting the Marked Tree offense back at the plate.

The batting order had come around again, putting Ghant and Tull at the plate first. Unlike the first inning, though, they both ground out on 6-3 and 1-3 plays to give them two outs immediately. The third out wouldn't come for a while, though, as first Emma Terrell, then Ariel Vance, Bionca Plunkett, Taylor Green and Christina Seals all scored runs to quickly give the Lady Indians a 7-0 lead. Their scoring ended there, but it proved to be enough for the win.

The Lady Mustangs finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the third with three runs, adding another in the fifth for the final score of 7-4.

Ghant led the offense with a 2 for 3 batting performance while scoring one run and a triple. Tull and Terrell were both 1 for 3 with both scoring one run Tull knocking in another. Vance, Plunkett and Seals all finished 1 for 2 with one run each, with Vance and Seals also getting one RBI each. Taylor Green also had a run.

Ghant pitched the entire game, giving up two hits and two earned runs while walking three.

Valley View 6, Marked Tree 3

In the first day of the Lady Raider Tournament Friday, the Lady Indians took on Valley View. The designated visitors, Marked Tree went to the plate first, but was able to get only a walk out of four at-bats. The Lady Blazers had no better luck in the bottom of the first as Ghant struck out one while the two other batters grounded and flied out.

Encouraged by the quick work of the defense, the Lady Indians offense once more went to the plate in hopes of making something happen. Unfortunately, nothing did, as only Kim Seals was able to single out of four batters.

Then the Lady Blazers blew the game open.

"We had one really bad inning," said Dunn. "We made some errors and threw the ball away and they went up 5-0 on us."

Three errors, in fact, helped to give Valley View a commanding 5-0 lead. Marked Tree wasn't about to just give them the game, though.

When the Lady Tribe took the plate, first Ghant walked, then Vance made it to first off of an error. They went home two batters later when Amelia Stacy tripled and then she sailed to home on a throwing error to third.

The runs cut the lead to 5-3, but unfortunately, the Lady Indian bats were virtually silent for the rest of the game.

"We've got a lot of new faces," concluded Dunn. "We lost six from last year and we're still learning a lot of things. We couldn't get the hits when we needed to and that bad inning just killed us."

The Lady Blazers added another run in the third to bring about the 6-3 final.

Ghant gave up six runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four.

Tull went 2 for 2 to lead the offense while Seals, Stacy and Vance each finished 1 for 2.

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