September 19, 2002

Lady Tigers Open Conference Play With 4-1 Victory Over Clark County

Jessie Cotton tries to lay down the bunt during the varsity softball contest in Memphis September 16. The junior third baseman reached base twice in the contest.

The Lady Tigers got a scare early on falling behind Clark County 1-0 in the opening inning before rallying for a 4-1 win September 16 in Memphis to open the Tri-Rivers Conference schedule with a 1-0 mark.

The Lady Indians jumped on top 1-0 in the first inning. After a lead off walk Clark County woke up SCR-I with a line drive double into the right-centerfield gap that scored the run. Sara Eggleston settled down after that striking out the next two batters before Meagan Fromm gloved the final out of the inning to close out the threat.

Scotland County threatened to score in every inning. Amy Blomme singled in the first inning but was thrown out for the first time this season trying to steal second. The senior second baseman leads the team with seven stolen bases this year.

Valerie Crawford walked in the second inning and made it all the way to third base where she was stranded.

The offense worked to perfection in the third inning however. Eggleston singled with one out. She moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Blomme. Fromm then delivered the clutch hit, a single to centerfield which plated the run to tie the game at 1-1.

The fourth inning was just the opposite as SCR-I loaded the bases with no outs but was unable to score. Brandi Mallett led off with a single before walks to Crawford and Jessie Cotton loaded the bases. Pinch runner Kate Schneider was cut down on the plate on a controversial call that left the game knotted at 1-1.

The Lady Tigers broke through for good in inning five. With two outs designated hitter Jenna Shalley singled and went to second on a fielding error by the centerfielder. Pinch runner Jamie Fuller scored on a RBI hit from Mallett.

Scotland County tacked on two more insurance runs in the sixth inning. Crawford and Cotton started the rally with walks. They moved up to second and third on an Indian error and then came home to score on a bloop single by Eggleston to make the score 4-1.

That was more than enough offense for Eggleston who dominated the game after the opening frame. She allowed just one baserunner during the middle five frames. Clark County did mount a late rally in the team's final at bat but a fine running catch by Crawford in leftfield helped preserve the win.

Eggleston pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits. She walked three while striking out five to pick up the victory.

Scotland County improves to 6-2 on the season and 1-0 in Tri-Rivers Conference play.

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