The Marianna Lady Bulldogs softball team opened their season on the road this past weekend at Arnold High School. Friday night, they took on Bozeman and handed them a 6-0 shutout behind the pitching Chloe Temples who was lights out.
Temples went five innings, threw 76 pitches, allowed one hit, two walks, and fanned nine batters. Temples stayed ahead in the count, throwing 46 pitches for strikes. Temples faced just two batters over the minimum through five innings of work.
With two outs in the first inning, Chloe Temples helped herself out with a double but a ground out to short left her stranded on the bag at second.
In the second inning, Gabby Bess led off with a walk and moved to third on a single by Kennedy Harris. Ashtyn Jeter sacrificed both runners home before a groundout ended the inning. The Lady Bulldogs were up 2-0.
In the third inning, Lauren Brock led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. A singled by Deana Holland scored Brock with Holland out trying for second. Chloe Temples made it a two-for-two game with a single and moved to second on an error before advancing to third on a passed ball. With two outs, Gabby Bess picked up an RBI when she singled home Temples. A groundout ended the inning with Bess on first but Marianna was up 4-0.
The fourth and final offensive inning for Marianna started with a one-out single by Anni Beebe who quickly took second on a steal. Lauren Brock singled to left centerfield to score Beebe before scoring when Deana Holland took advantage of a Bozeman miscue and ended up at third. A flyout to centerfield ended the inning with the Lady Bulldogs having more than enough offense to pick up their first win of the season.