September 26, 2002

Defensive Issues Let Knox Get Uperhand On SCR-I In League Tilt

Team defense has been the glue that has held together a solid start for the Scotland County softball team. But one inning of poor glove work was all it took to unravel a big lead and a spot at the head of the Tri-Rivers Conference.

SCR-I saw a 3-0 lead turn into a 4-3 deficit in the bottom of the fourth inning of the September 17 contest at Knox County. The Eagles Marci McMahon took over from their retiring the final 11 batters, eight by strikeouts to preserve the crucial 4-3 league win for Knox County.

The Lady Tigers jumped on top 1-0 in the team's first at bat. With two outs Meagan Fromm singled. She scored on an RBI by designated hitter Jenna Shalley to make the score 1-0.

Scotland County plated another tally in inning two. Valerie Crawford reached on a fielders choice. After a walk to Jessie Cotton a fielding miscue by Knox County allowed Crawford to come home.

A trio of Knox County miscues allowed SCR-I to score run number three. Brandi Mallett started the inning with a single. Crawford followed that up with a single. Three errors later the Lady Tigers held a 3-0 advantage.

The fielding problems must have been contagious as in the bottom of the fourth inning the wheels came off for the SCR-I defense. Knox County combined two hits with four SCR-I errors to pull ahead 4-3.

That took the wind out of Scotland County's sails as SCR-I did not manage a base runner in the final three innings as the Eagles jumped ahead in the conference standings.

Eggleston took the loss despite not allowing an earned run. She gave up six hits, walked two and hit a batter. The junior hurler struck out eight.

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