September 12, 2002

Palmyra Stops SCR-I Softball Winning Streak At 3 Games

Sara Eggleston fires a pitch past the Palmyra hitter into the mitt of catcher Brandi Mallett as the Lady Tigers took on the Panthers in the Knox County Tournament.

Palmyra has the reputation of one of the best hitting softball teams in the region but Scotland County learned the Panthers' pitching isn't too shabby either as SCR-I dropped its first game of the year 2-1 in the opener of the Knox County Tourney September 7 in Edina.

The Panthers pounded out eight hits in the first five innings against SCR-I's Sara Eggleston, who had been virtually unhittable thus far this season. But thanks to some excellent defense by SCR-I The game remained scoreless through the first three innings.

Palmyra had runners at first and second with two outs when a single to rightfield looked like it would put the Panthers on top. Rightfielder Amy Morgan fielded the ball and threw to first baseman Jennifer Crawford. She wheeled and fired the ball home where catcher Brandi Mallett had the plate blocked. She caught the ball and slapped the tag on the runner who slid into her shin guards and stopped inches from the plate.

The solid D continued in the next inning when Palmyra once again had a runner in scoring position, this time at third base with just one out. Eggleston helped her own cause when she lept high to snag a bouncing ball up the middle. She faked the throw to first and caught the runner trying to head home from third base. The Lady Tigers executed the run down to perfection. Eggleston ran at the runner and then fired home to Mallett. She ran the runner back to third before throwing to third baseman Jessie Cotton who applied the tag for the out.

Palmyra scored its lone run in the fourth frame. The Panthers loaded the bases with one out with three straight hits. Crawford snagged a line drive for the second out before a sharp hit ball just got by shortstop Meagan Fromm for the fourth hit on the inning to make the score 1-0.

That's where the score remained as Scotland County was unable to get a run home. The Lady Tigers had a runner on in four of the first five frames but could not get the clutch base knock to plate the run.

That changed in the final at bat of regulation when pinch hitter Jacqui Drummond came through in the clutch with a two out single that plated Valerie Crawford to tie the game at 1-1 and force extra innings.

The tournament organizers utilized the international rules for the tie breaker, starting the inning with a runner on second base.

Palmyra took advantage of that break in the first at bat of the eighth inning as a double drove in what proved to be the winning run.

SCR-I was unable to advance its runner from second allowing Palmyra to escape with the 2-1 win.

Mallett had a pair of hits for Scotland County while Fromm, Drummond and Morgan also added base knocks.

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