September 5, 2002

Softball Team Improves To 2-0 With Victory Over Clark County

Jennifer Crawford squeezes the throw for the putout at first base during the Lady Tigers 4-0 victory over arch-rival Clark County on August 29th in Kahoka.

Ask any Scotland County softball player what's better, starting the season a perfect 2-0 or beating Clark County and the Lady Tigers would answer in unison - BOTH.

SCR-I went to 2-0 on the young 2002 season with a 4-0 victory over the archrival Lady Indians in Kahoka August 29.

Clark County's freshman hurler Ashley Wallingford started strong, striking out the side in the top of the first inning.

Sara Eggleston matched the effort and then some for SCR-I. She retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning and didn't allow a base runner until the third frame.

The Lady Tigers broke through in the second inning. Cleanup hitter Becky Miller walked to open the frame. Ashley Ellison entered the game to pinch run for Miller. With two outs Jessie Cotton was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Freshman Ali Fromm came through with a clutch two-out hit. She singled to rightfield scoring Ellison. Both Cotton and Fromm moved up a base on an errant throw by the rightfielder. That proved crucial as Cotton scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-0.

SCR-I manufactured two more runs in the third inning this time without the benefit of a hit. Eggleston led off with a walk. Valerie Crawford laid down a near perfect sacrifice bunt and she reached on a throwing error on the third baseman to put runners at second and third. Meagan Fromm grounded out to the pitcher to drive in Eggleston. Crawford made it 4-0 scoring on a wild pitch.

Clark County mounted its only true threat in the fourth inning, breaking up the no-hitter with back-to-back singles. But Eggleston worked out of the jam to preserve the shutout.

SCR-I had baserunners in each of the final four at bats but were unable to add any insurance runs. Amy Blomme walked and stole second and third before being stranded in the fourth. Eggleston and Meagan Fromm each singled in the fifth but both were erased trying to steal second base.

Miller had a lead off single in the sixth but did not score. Ali Fromm walked to start the second and was thrown out at the plate on a close call.

However one run would have been more than enough for Eggleston who hurled the shutout. She allowed just three hits in seven innings of work. The junior hurler allowed just two walks while striking out six.

The team backed up the solid performance from their pitcher with seven perfect innings without an error. Ali Fromm robbed the Clark County offense of a hit in the opening inning with a fine running catch in centerfield. Blomme handle six plays without a miscue and catcher Brandi Mallett erased one of the few Lady Indians runners throwing her out trying to steal second base.

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