September 20, 2007
Big Bats Let Lady Tigers Soar Past Eagles 14-3 in Conference Opener
Someone flicked the hitting switch to on Tuesday night in Memphis as the Scotland County softball team’s bats came to life in the Lady Tigers conference opener.
A little more than a week after Knox County’s Brittany Miller had shutout SCR-I on just one hit, the Lady Tigers exploded against the league rivals to lay waste to the Eagles 14-3 in a contest that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule.
“We needed a game like that to get our confidence back,” said coach Kim Small. “We have a lot of talent on this team, and tonight they showed it.”
Knox County opened the game with a lead off walk but catcher Andrea Shelley erased the threat with a perfect throw to second base where Kirsten Johnston applied the tag to record the caught stealing. Kelly Lister settled down and got the next two batters to send the team to the dugout with the momentum.
Johnston led off the bottom of the frame with a base knock. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tara Matlock. Deidra Dochterman drove her in and circled the bases herself as she crushed a ball to the center field fence for a home run to make it 2-0.
The Lady Tigers weren’t finished there. After Lister flew out, the next six SCR-I hitters reached base, all with two outs. Valerie Oldham started the streak with a base knock. Lacy Jack reached on an error before Shelley delivered an RBI base knock. Melissa Cotton drove in two runs with a booming double. She came around to score on a base hit by designated hitter Skyler Alderton. Johnston reached for the second time in the inning courtesy of an error. That allowed Alderton to score to make it 7-0.
Lister shut down the Eagle bats in the second inning and SCR-I got right back to work at the plate. Lister singled to start the inning. She scored on a double by Oldham, who in turn scored on an RBI ground out by Jack to make it 9-0. Shelley singled with two outs and moved up on a wild pitch. Cotton delivered her third RBI of the contest with a base hit to left field. Alderton then tripled down the third base line. She scored on a wild pitch to make it 12-0.
Knox County finally broke through in the third inning. Lister walked the first two batters and a pair of base hits produced the first run and loaded the bases with one out. An error allowed two unearned runs to score before Lister got the last out to keep SCR-I ahead 12-3.
Lister got one of the runs back in the third inning when she crushed a home run to center field.
Shelley made it 14-3 when she tripled in the fourth inning and scored on a wild pitch.
Lister blanked Knox County in the final two innings, including striking out the side in the fourth, to preserve the 14-3 victory. She allowed three hits and walked five while striking out six.
SCR-I improved to 3-6 on the year and 1-0 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.