August 30, 2001

Lady Tigers Open Season With Extra-Inning Affair




First game jitters are powerful enough by themselves, but when you compound that with playing arguably the top team in your conference in the season opener, the team may not know what to expect.

All the emotions aside, the Scotland County Lady Tigers opened the 2001 softball season at Kahoka August 23 and sent a message to the league that they are going to be the most improved team in the conference.

SCR-I battled the Indians to a 2-2 tie and forced extra innings. However SCR-I had to settle for the moral victory as Clark County escaped with the W for the record books with a run in the top of the eighth inning to take the 3-2 victory.

The Lady Tigers looked like they were in trouble in the second inning. After a 1-2-3 first frame, SCR-I hurler Sara Eggleston struggled in the next frame. She walked the first two batters before a single loaded the bases with no outs. She showed her stuff after that, striking out the next three batters to preserve the scoreless game.

Amy Blomme helped preserve the shutout in the fourth inning as she robbed Clark County of a scoring opportunity with a diving catch at second base. Jessie Cotton continued the SCR-I leather display as she made a great play at third base. She ranged to her left to snag a ball up the middle that went off the pitcher's glove. She collected the ball and rifled it to first base to just nip the runner.

Clark County's Dana Webster was cruising through the SCR-I line-up until the fourth frame. Meagan Fromm singled to start the inning. She came all the way around to score on a single by Amy Blomme when the centerfielder bobbled the ball. Blomme made the score 2-0 when she scored on a wild pitch.

The lead was short lived as Clark County came right back in the fifth inning to tie the game. The Indians opened with a single and an error on the right fielder that sent the runner to third base. The next batter singled to plate the run. She went all the way around the bases courtesy of a stolen base, a sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate on a wild pitch to make the score 2-2.

That's where the score remained through regulation. It didn't take much extra play to resolve the contest as Clark County scored in the top of the eighth. The Indians got just one hit but took advantage of a couple walks and an SCR-I error to pull ahead 3-2. It could have been much worse but SCR-I got out of a bases loaded jam to get the final two outs.

However the SCR-I offense went quietly in the bottom of the frame to give Clark County the win.

Fromm and Cook each went 2-3 at the plate for SCR-I. Blomme and Faith Woods each added a hit for the Lady Tigers.

Eggleston pitched all eight innings. She allowed just two earned runs on seven hits while walking five. Eggleston struck out seven.

Clark County won the junior varsity contest 7-5.

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