JM Girls Break Two-Game Losing Skid

GLEN DALE – Breaking losing streaks isn’t something that John Marshall has had to do a lot of the last few seasons. However, Coach Ed West’s Monarchs did just that Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of their own invitational.

Alyssa Blake tossed a three-hitter, fanning six and walking one, and classmate Bailey Filben collected a pair of singles and an RBI as John Marshall snapped a modest two-game losing streak with a 7-0, five inning, win over Cameron in a steady rain.

While Lincoln County had beaten the Monarchs by a 6-2 count earlier and Magnolia blanked the Dragons, 6-0, in the morning’s opener, the championship game between the Panthers and Blue Eagles was never able to start due to rain.

West’s squad also dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision on the road to Ritchie County on Friday night.

For Cameron it was a day in which Mark Witzberger’s 2-2 club struggled both in the field and at the plate. The Dragons had seven errors, five against the Monarchs, and struck out 21 times in the two games, including a whopping 13 times looking.

John Marshall took advantage of two of those Cameron miscues in the first inning, scoring a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit. Megan Wise reached on a two-base error to begin things and scored when Jackie Gellner got on thanks to a three-base miscue.

Senior Sissy George did collect an RBI in the frame, plating Gellner on a fielder’s choice.

With the score still 2-0 in the fourth, the Monarch bats came to life. Morgan Vucelik singled to start the rally and went to second on a fielder’s choice. Vucelik scored when Abby Patrick reached on an error.

Wise then doubled home a run ahead of Gellner’s run-scoring sacrifice fly that made it a 6-0 margin. George ripped a double, went to third when Hannah Rogerson reached on an error and scored on Filben’s second base hit of the game.

“I was a little disappointed that we didn’t hit the ball better in the first game, but we started stroaking it better later in the game against Cameron,” West said. “Getting a good start and taking advantage of those two errors in the first inning was big also.”

Cameron’s only threat of the day came in the top of the fourth when the Dragons got back-to-back one-out singles from Marissa Meintel and Lindsay Paczewski before Caitlyn Berardi reached on an error to load the bases. However, Blake retired the next two hitters to end the frame.

“We knew the Lincoln County game was going to be a tough one, and they hit two home runs in the first inning, but we also gave some some things with errors,” West added. “There are some young kids still getting their feet wet on our roster, but they will learn the game and we will get better.

“The big thing is that we have four girls who can pitch and we are trying to get them all some work. Alyssa (Blake) pitched a nice game Friday against Ritchie, and she did well (Saturday) as well.”

As for Witzberger, he feels his team needs to improve in some areas, and the veteran coach knows exactly where it has to start.

“You cannot hit the ball if you don’t swing at it,” Witzberger sighed. “And we actually had been fielding the ball pretty well coming into (Saturday). I am disappointed with these two games, but it gives us some things to work on.

“We faced two pretty good pitchers that had outstanding games, mixing the ball up real well and keeping us off balance. The Magnolia loss was tough with them being in our section and John Marshall is a good AAA team. But I would rather play good competition and have the girls learn.”

Lincoln County 6, John Marshall 2

The Panthers blasted three home runs, including two in the first inning, and never looked back in downing the host Monarchs.

Brooke West, Brandi Issacs and Whitney Young all homered for Lincoln County with West’s coming on the first pitch of the game. Jessica Kinnick had a solo home run for John Marshall while Sissy George singled, doubled and plated a run.

Magnolia 6, Cameron 0

Mallory Chapman tossed a three-hitter, fanning 15 and not issuing a free pass, and Abbey Durig singled and plated three runs as Coach Dillon Mangino picked up his first win as a head coach.

The Blue Eagles collected half of their runs and four of seven hits in the opening frame to take control early. Audrey Gibb singled and doubled in the victory.

Linda Hall took the loss in the circle for the Dragons but did have two of Cameron’s three hits with a pair of singles.

John Marshall


(Consolation Game)

John Marshall 7, Cameron 0

Cameron 000 0 0 – 0 3 5

John Marshall 200 5x – 7 5 2

C-Hall lp (1so, 1w) and Paczewski. Meintel S; Paczewski S; Wood S.

J-Blake wp (6so, 1w) and Nameth, Schultz (5). George D, rbi; Blake S; Filben 2S, rbi; Vucelik S; Wise D, rbi; Gellner rbi.


Lincoln County 6, John Marshall 2

Lincoln County 210 210 0 – 6 8 1

John Marshall 000 011 0 – 2 7 2

L-Huffman wp (8so, 0w) and Isaacs. West S, HR, rbi; McKay S,HR, rbi; Jeffers S; Pennington D, 2rbi; Isaacs HR, rbi.

J-Keller lp (2so, 1w), Wise (4) (2so, 0w) and Hall. Wise S; George S, D, rbi; Kinnick HR, rbi; Kaylor S; Gellner S.

Magnolia 6, Cameron 0

Magnolia 301 000 2 – 6 7 0

Cameron 000 000 0 – 0 3 2

M-Chapman wp (15so, 0w) and Gibbs. Chapman D; Durig S, D, 3rbi; Gibb S; Mullet S, rbi; Croasmun S.

C-Hall lp (8so, 5w) and Paczewski. Wood S; Hall 2S.