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September 2, 2010

Clark County Wins Softball Duel Between Freshmen Pitchers

A pair of freshmen hurlers locked horns on Thursday night in Kahoka with the home team making a winner out of its newest pitcher with an 11-1 victory in five innings.

Kailey Roberts retired the side in order in the first inning of her debut.

Bethany Rader, making her third appearance of the year, worked out of a jam in the first frame, stranding runners on second and third.

Skyler Alderton led off the second inning with a base hit. She moved up to second on a passed ball but was stranded in scoring position.

The Lady Indians went on top 3-0 in the second inning, despite not recording a base hit. The leadoff batter struck out but reached base on a wild pitch. A pair of botched fielder’s choices along with a couple errors opened the doors for the big inning.

Clark County put the game out of reach in the bottom of the third inning with a key two-out rally. Mishaylee Kline belted a two-run double. The inning could have been worse, but Rader tagged out a runner trying to score to end the frame.

SCR-I got on the board in the fourth inning. Elizabeth Duzan singled and scored on an RBI double by Rader. Alderton reached on an error, and Cali Holt walked to load the bases before shortstop Megan Brennan made a nice play to just get Courtney Jackson at first base and end the rally.

The Lady Indians finished the game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule.

Roberts limited SCR-I to just three hits on the night. She walked one and struck out six. Alderton was 1-2 and Duzan and Rader were both 1-3.

Rader took the loss, pitching 4 1/3 innings. She gave up 10 runs, five earned on seven hits while striking out four. Megan Creek faced three batters in the fifth, allowing an unearned run on one hit.

SCR-I drops to 1-2 on the year. The Indians are 1-0.

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