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September 12, 2013

Lady Tigers Get By Canton 7-4 in Semifinals

Miranda Holland was 2-3 at the plate in the win over Canton and continues to be a top run-producer for the Lady Tigers

A couple bad hops were not enough to stop the Scotland County softball team on its mission to reach the Knox County Tournament championship game on Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Tigers topped Canton 7-4 in the semifinals to advance to the trophy match vs. Knox County.

SCR-I opened a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Randi Slaughter led off with a walk and scored all the way from second base on a Canton throwing error.

The Lady Tigers tacked on two more runs in the second. After Miranda Holland led off with a single, Shaye Wright delivered a two-run home run to make the score 3-0.

Canton trimmed the deficit to 3-1 courtesy of one of the bad hops. A leadoff single by the Wildcats took a crazy bounce over the head of the Lady Tigers center fielder and rolled to the fence for a homerun.

SCR-I tacked on some needed insurance in the bottom of the fifth. Claire Shannan led off with a base hit. Slaughter followed with a single before Olivia Harris reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Bethany Rader delivered a two-run single. Brieanna Priebe and Holland also added base hits as SCR-I went ahead 7-1.

Canton cut into the lead courtesy of some uncharacteristic wildness by Rader. She hit a batter and walked another to start the Canton rally. The visitors took advantage of an SCR-I error and got the help of another bad-hop single to plate two runs to cut the lead to 7-3. The damage could have been worse but Canton had a runner gunned down at the plate.

Another hits batsman to lead off the seventh led to Canton's final tally. Canton had runners at second and third with just one out when Holland made a nice running catch in centerfield. Rader cutoff the throw home and gunned down the Canton runner at third to end the 7-4 victory for SCR-I.

Holland went 2-3 at the plate with a run scored. Wright was 1-3 with the two-run homer. Shannan, Priebe, Rader and Slaughter all had hits for the Lady Tigers offense.

Rader improved to 3-0 with the complete game win. She went seven innings, surrendering four runs, three earned, on six hits. She walked two and hit two batters while striking out four.

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