Lady Eagles win Forest Area invitational

May 16, 2019

By Aaron Michell
Correspondent

Following a disappointing showing at the Manton Invite the previous weekend, the Lady Eagles softball team was out for redemption on Saturday at the Forest Area Invitational.

And redemption they found, taking the tournament title with wins over Onekama and Suttons Bay, 5-4 and 13-3, respectively.

In the opener against Onekama, juniors Rylie Richards and Teagan Cox led the way for the Eagles with two hits and two RBIs apiece. Sophomore Payton Raymond chipped in at the plate with two hits and an RBI, while Hayle Miller and Nicollette Maddox each added a hit.

Raymond got the win on the mound for Marion, going the distance while limiting the Portagers to two earned runs on five walks and four strikeouts.
“We had a lot of key defensive plays that all the kids were a part of,” said Marion coach Ryan Raymond. “We showed up to the tournament looking for redemption from last weekend, and the girls came to play.”

The Eagles took the opener 5-4.

In the championship game, Marion lit up the scoreboard early in route to a 13-3 win over the Suttons Bay Norsemen.

Raymond led off the game with a triple, followed by a line drive single from Jersey Scott. Richards then cleared the bases with a home run, and the barrage was on.

Raymond led the Eagles with three hits – including two triples, while Richards added a single to go with her home run and three RBIs. Scott finished with two hits and two RBIs, while Cox added an RBI single on a missile to the outfield. Maddox and Miller each had hits for the Eagles – with Miller’s walk-off triple putting the finishing touches on the championship win.

“We had great team energy and focus on both sides of the ball,” Coach Raymond said. “We had once again very sound defense in both games. This was the formula that allowed us to win the tournament and bring home the trophy.”

Miller, the lone senior on the squad, went the distance on the mound in the 13-3 win, limiting the Norseman to one earned run to go along with three strikeouts.

Raymond credited Aspen Lagrow and Rylie Richards for their efforts on defense, with each coming up with numerous big catches throughout the day.





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