September 26, 2002
Tigers Edge By Brookfield In Conference Matchup
It wasn't a picture perfect performance but it was a win all the same for Scotland County as the Lady Tigers defeated Brookfield 2-1 in front of the home crowd on a cold Monday night.
The Lady Tigers were living dangerously all night. A team doesn't want to pass up too many scoring chances in a pitchers dual but Scotland County left the bases loaded in the second inning.
Then in the top of the third Brookfield had runners at second and third with just one out. Pitcher Sara Eggleston came up with a huge strikeout before Jessie Cotton handled the final out to end the threat.
The Lady Tigers broke the tie in the bottom of the inning. With two outs Amy Blomme walked and went to second on a single by Meagan Fromm. Brookfield tried to pick Blomme off at second but the throw from the pitcher was wild allowing her to come all the way around to score.
Brookfield again made the home crowd nervous in the top of the fourth. The visiting team had back-to-back singles that once again saw the team with runners at second and third with only one out. Eggleston shut down the challenge, striking out the next batter. She then snagged a line drive back up the middle. The junior hurler knocked the ball down and calmly collected it in time to throw to first for the out.
Brookfield finally broke through to tie the game in the fifth inning. A leadoff walk came back to haunt Eggleston as a two out single made the score 1-1.
The momentum didn't last long as Scotland County came right back in the bottom of the inning. Eggleston singled with two outs. Blomme hit a sinking liner to rightfield that skipped away from the outfielder allowing Eggleston to score all the way from first with what proved to be the winning run.
Brookfield continued to put runners on base, with two hits in the sixth but the Lady Tigers buckled down and held on for the win.
Eggleston picked up the win going seven innings and allowing just the one run. Brookfield banged out seven hits while working out two walks. Eggleston struck out nine.
Scotland County improved to 2-1 in the Tri-Rivers Conference and 7-3 overall on the season.