Marathon softball falls to Deposit in sectional finals

Marathon softball team posing after the Section IV Class D Finals. (Camilo Fredes/Cortland Voice)

The Marathon Olympians suffered a tough loss, falling 6-0 against the Deposit Lumberjacks at the Section IV Class D Finals Saturday in Binghamton.

The Olympians started at bat at the top of the first inning. Unfortunately, they weren't able to do much. They then went on to have trouble at the plate throughout the game.

At the bottom of the first, the Lumberjacks got straight to it, scoring give straight runs in the first inning.

"Our achilles heel all year has been that we have a slow start," said Marathon head coach Jamie Bush. "We tend to give up a run or two early, or put runners in situations to score, and with a team like Deposit you can't do that."

Heading into the top of the sixth inning, Marathon gained a little momentum. Junior Reionna Hopkins gave the Olympians their first hit of the day with a single. She was then replaced by fellow junior Scerenia Barber to run bases.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Mitchell then stepped up at bat and was able to get to first, while Barber made her way to third. Mitchell was able to steal second after a mistake from the Lumberjacks. This was the closest the Olympians got to scoring a run, but unfortunately weren't able to deliver.

"We basically set two goals throughout the season," said Coach Bush. "One was to win our division—which we did—and the other was to be back here and play Deposit. We knew it would be a tough game and we wanted it to be a respectable game after last year when we were here. I talked with their coach and it was definitely a good game to send them to the state tournament. I wish them the best and hope they win it."

Marathon junior Breanna Mitchell pitched the entire game in which she had a total of two strikeouts.