October 3, 2002

Lady Tigers Run Out Of Gas In Tourney Title Game

Three games in one day was just a little too much for the Scotland County softball team as the Lady Tigers simply ran out of gas in the championship game of the Schuyler County Tournament September 28 and had to settle for second place.

SCR-I opened the tourney against Milan, a team the girls had easily defeated 11-0 just four days earlier.

The Wildcats didn't fair much better at the plate, scraping out just four hits as Sara Eggleston blanked the team once again.

However the SCR-I offense wasn't quite as prolific as in the first meeting, scoring just four runs on seven hits.

The team tallied twice in inning number two. Jenna Shalley reached on an error. Pinch runner Jamie Fuller came all the way around to score courtesy of a couple Milan errors. Brandi Mallett followed with a single and courtesy runner Ali Fromm scored after stealing second and third base when the catcher made an errant throw.

The lead expanded to 3-0 in the third frame. Brenna Cook tripled to lead off the inning. She scored on a single by Meagan Fromm.

Scotland County scored its final run in the fifth inning. With two outs Eggleston singled. Amy Blomme followed with a base hit before Fromm delivered her second RBI single of the contest.

Game two was another rematch of an early season win for SCR-I as the Lady Tigers took on Brashear.

This match up lasted just six innings as Scotland County triumphed 10-0 in a game shortened by the 10-run rule.

The Lady Tigers pounded out 13 hits en route to advancing to the championship.

The team tallied twice in inning two as Jenna Shalley and Brandi Mallett had back-to-back doubles. Both found their way across the plate to allow SCR-I to pull ahead 2-0.

The lead went to 3-0 as Brenna Cook delivered her second triple of the tourney. She scored on an RBI groundout by Blomme.

Two more runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning making the score 5-0. Cook started the inning with a single. With two outs Meagan Fromm reached on an error that allowed Cook to score. Fromm came around to score on a triple by Jamie Fuller.

Scotland County ended the game in the sixth frame. Valerie Crawford started the inning with a single. Jessie Cotton followed that with an RBI double. She scored on a hit by Rebecca Consbrock. Eggleston reached on an error to put runners at the corners. With two outs Meagan Fromm delivered an RBI single. A hit by Fuller loaded the bases for Mallett who ended the game with a base knock to allow SCR-I to reach the 10-run rule.

Eggleston continued her solid pitching performance extending her scoreless streak to 13 innings in the tourney. She allowed Brashear just one hit while tying her season high with 12 strikeouts.

The title game started off well for Scotland County. The Lady Tigers struck first with a run in the top of the third inning. Consbrock singled to lead off the inning. She went to second on a ground out by Eggleston before coming around to score when Blomme reached on an error.

That was as good as it got for SCR-I as the wheels came off from that point on.

Schuyler County plated three runs in the bottom of the frame to build a 3-1 lead. A lead off walk was followed up by the lone hit of the attack. A couple SCR-I errors allowed the final two runs to score.

The Lady Rams put the game away in the bottom of the fourth inning by scoring five more times. The team did use three hits and a walk but again the SCR-I defense helped out with a key error to extend the frame.

SCR-I trimmed the deficit to 8-2 in the fifth inning when Consbrock scored her second run of the contest.

Schuyler County got the run right back in the bottom of the inning before SCR-I scored the final tally of the contest in the sixth to make the final score 9-3.

Eggleston pitched all 19 innings of the tourney for SCR-I. She threw 15 scoreless innings before Schuyler County broke through for eight runs in the middle two innings of the finale.

In the Schuyler County game she allowed four hits and four walks in six innings. She also struck out six in the contest.

The 2-1 tourney run moved the Scotland County softball team's record to 10-5 on the year heading into the final two weeks of the season.

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