October 9, 2003
Lady Tigers Lose Heart-Breaker To Knox County In 17 Innings
It wasn’t scheduled to be a double-header but the Scotland County Lady Tigers took more than two-times the normal amount of innings to settle the District 12 semifinals game that was eventually won by Knox County 3-2 in 17 innings.
SCR-I was trying to upset the top-seeded Eagles for the second straight year and advance to the district championship game.
Early on it appeared the Lady Tigers would do just that. After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, SCR-I took a 2-1 lead in the third inning.
Valerie Crawford reached on an error. Sara Eggleston followed that up with a bunt single. With runners at second and third Rebecca Consbrock laid down the bunt but Crawford was nailed at the plate where there was a collision with the catcher. But with two outs Brandi Mallett delivered the clutch base hit that scored both Eggleston and Consbrock.
However Knox County tied the game in the fourth inning courtesy of a bloop hit and a couple of SCR-I errors.
That was the final run to cross the plate for the next 13 innings as Eggleston and Knox County’s Katie McMahon locked in a pitcher’s dual.
Neither team went without scoring opportunities. SCR-I had its best chance in the top of the seventh inning when the team loaded the bases with no outs but was unable to score. Becky Miller singled followed by a bunt hit by Ali Fromm. Jessie Cotton was the next to bunt and she reached on the fielder’s choice when Knox County tried to get the out at third base where pinch runner Jamie Fuller beat the throw.
Knox County nailed Fuller at the plate on a fielder’s choice by Jacqui Drummond before McMahon struck out the next two batters.
Knox County got runners to third base in the eighth and tenth innings but Eggleston was able to work out of the jams.
McMahon was tough in the extended play. She had a streak of 16 straight batters retired late in the contest and finished the game with 27 strikeouts.
Finally in the 16th inning SCR-I appeared poised to push across the go ahead run. Consbrock doubled and went to third on a passed ball. Mallett walked and went to second base. But McMahon struck out the next batter and fielded the comebacker to end the threat.
In the 17th inning Drummond walked and made her way to third base after Crawford struck out but reached base on a wild pitch. With runners at the corners Eggleston lined one back through the box that was snagged by McMahon.
Knox County loaded the bases in the 11th inning but never really challenged again until the bottom of the 17th inning.
Brittaney Dovin, the Eagles #9 hitter led off the inning with a bloop double to centerfield. She went to third on a passed ball and came in to score the winning run on a pop up that fell between a host of SCR-I fielders for the game winning hit.
Eggleston worked 16-plus innings, allowing the three runs on 12 hits and one walk. She struck out 13 in the defeat.
Consbrock recorded a pair of hits and was on base four of her seven at bats. Mallett was 2-4 with two RBI and Miller was 2-4 before leaving the game for a pinch runner.