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October 3, 2013

Holland's Perfect 5-5 Performance Pushes SCR-I Past Putnam County



Miranda Holland cracks one of her five base hits on Thursday night to help SCR-I defeat Putnam County.

Sophomore Miranda Holland has been thriving in the leadoff spot for Scotland County and Thursday night was no different. The SCR-I centerfielder was a perfect 5-5 at the plate as the Lady Tigers pounded Putnam County 8-2 to improve to 2-1 in Tri-Rivers Conference play.

Putnam County put up a fight early on, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and a pair of errors to take a 2-0 lead.

SCR-I regained the lead in the second inning in painful fashion. The Lady Tigers saw the first two batters of the inning hit by pitches. After a base hit by Shaye Wright, Claire Shannan was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Holland then delivered a two run single to make the score 3-2.

After a rough first inning, Rader's defense shined the rest of the night. Catcher Olivia Harris made a diving grab on a foul ball behind the plate and added another acrobatic grab later in the night. Shortstop Randi Slaughter made a pair of nice plays in the field, including a bare hand snag and throw of a ball off the pitcher. Abi Feeney capped off the strong night of defense making a shoe-string catch on a shallow line drive to left field and then throwing to first base to double off the runner.

Holland and Slaughter had key hits to help make the score 5-2 in the fourth inning.

SCR-I put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning. The rally again came in conjunction with some bruises, as Harris and Maddie Brassfield were hit by pitches for the second time on the night. A walk to Hailey Dial loaded the bases and Shannan delivered an RBI single before Holland drove home two runs with her fifth hit of the contest to make the final score 8-2.

Rader shut down the Midgets after the shaky first inning. Both runs she allowed were unearned as she held Putnam County to two hits and one walk while striking out six.


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