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October 17, 2013

Canton Upsets Lady Tigers in District Semifinals

The Scotland County softball season came to a screeching halt on Thursday night in Memphis as an upstart Canton squad prematurely derailed the Lady Tigers district title hopes in the night cap of the two Class 1 District 9 semifinals.

Canton, the #3 seed in the bracket jumped on SCR-I in the top of the first inning and never looked back in a 12-1 victory that ended after five innings courtesy of the 10-run rule.

The visitors set the tone in their first at bat, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and an error to build a 3-0 lead when Allison Phillips crushed a three-run homer over the centerfield fence.

That would be more than enough offense as Allie Carper silenced the SCR-I sticks. She set down the first six batters in order before Hailey Dial reached on a single to start the bottom of the third inning. After a sacrifice bunt by Abi Feeney, Dial scored the lone SCR-I run on a triple by Miranda Holland.

That made the score 6-1, as Canton had tacked on three runs in the top of the frame. It could have been worse except for a diving grab by Randi Slaughter on a liner in the gap behind third base. The web gem by the SCR-I shortstop left the bases loaded.

Canton erased any momentum of the SCR-I tally with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. The rally was fueled by three Lady Tigers errors as the wheels started to come off on the SCR-I season.

Four more errors in the fifth inning allowed Canton to build the 12-1 cushion.

A two-out triple by Holland, her second three-bagger of the night, was not enough to extend the game, as she was stranded in scoring position to end the contest.

Carper held SCR-I to one run on three hits and did not walk or strike out a batter in five innings of work.

Bethany Rader took the loss for SCR-I. All 12 runs were attributed to her, but only five were earned. Canton racked up nine hits and three walks while striking out five times. Brieanna Priebe worked two thirds of an inning in relief, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Scotland County ends the season with a 14-4 record, bidding farewell to three seniors, Rader, Dial, and Shaye Wright.

Canton (12-7) will advance to play Knox County (17-2) a 7-0 winner over Brashear in the other district semifinal on Thursday night.

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