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September 9, 2010

SCR-I Settles For Second Place at Knox County Tournament

The Scotland County bats went silent in the championship contest of the Knox County Tournament forcing the Lady Tigers to settle for second place after an impressive run to the title game.

The host squad knocked off Scotland County 5-0 to capture the tourney title on Saturday evening.

The lady Tigers advanced to the championship with a 6-3 win over South Shelby followed by 12-2 victory over Marion County.

Megan Creek blasted a two-run homerun over the left field fence to help power the Lady Tigers to the victory on the opener Saturday morning.

Creek singled to lead off the game and came around to score when Bethany Rader reached on an error. Another fielding miscue by the Lady Birds made the score 2-0.

Creek’s round-tripper came in the second after Kiley Frazier kept the inning alive with a two-out single. That made the score 4-0.

South Shelby scored an unearned run in the third inning to trim the deficit to 4-1. SCR-I added some insurance in the top of the fifth when Elizabeth Duzan singled and scored on a double by Rader.

The Lady Birds cut into the lead, putting together three hits and a walk off Rader in the bottom of the fifth before the freshman hurler struck out two to close the rally with her team still on top 5-3.

Scotland County tacked on another tally in the sixth. Hailey Dial reached on an error and scored on a base hit by pinch hitter Shaye Wright.

Rader closed out the win, finishing off the sixth inning before the contest was called on the time limit. She allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

The second game was much closer than the score revealed, as SCR-I scored eight times in the sixth inning to put away the win over Marion County.

SCR-I took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Alderton reached on an error and scored on an RBI single by Dial.

The Lady Mustangs tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Jessica Redd led off with a double off starter Megan Creek. She scored on an error to make it 1-1.

Scotland County got the bats going in the fourth. Loren Smith started the rally with a base hit. Wright and Courtney Jackson followed with base knocks to load the bases before Creek drove in a pair with a single to put her team on top 3-1.

Rader walked in the fifth and eventually scored on a ground out by Dial to pad the 4-1 cushion.

Marion County picked up another unearned run in the fifth before SCR-I exploded in the sixth to invoke the 10-run rule.

Scotland County batted around in the inning, with Jackson picking up two hits and scoring twice in the eight-run eruption. Creek also had a pair of singles while Cali Holt walked twice in the frame that saw SCR-I send 12 batters to the plate.

Creek was the winning pitcher, allowing two unearned runs in six innings of work. She held Marion County to just four hits and one walk while striking out nine.

Scotland County needed to save some of those runs for te finale. Knox County’s Rachel Poston shut out SCR-I in the title game, working out of a pair of jams to keep the Lady Tigers off the score board.

The Lady Eagles took advantage of two SCR-I errors to jump on top 2-0 in the second inning.

Fielding miscues again proved costly in the third, as an error put a runner on for Davin Gudehus who homered to make it 4-0.

Knox County tacked on one more run in the fourth inning when Hannah Dale took Rader deep to make it 5-0.

SCR-I had back-to-back hits from Alderton and Dial in the second but Poston struck out the side to snuff out the rally.

The Lady Tigers again had runners at the corners with no outs in the fourth after Rader reached on an error and Alderton delivered her second hit of the game, only to have Poston again bear down and retire three straight batters to end Scotland County’s final scoring threat.

Rader took the loss for SCR-I, giving up five runs, just two earned in four innings of work. She allowed three hits and three walks while fanning two. Creek finished off the game, going three innings. She shutdown the Eagles on one hit and one hit batsman while striking out two.

Poston limited SCR-I to just three hits in seven innings of work. She struck out six and walked none to earn the win.


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