October 10, 2002

Lady Tigers Win By Ten To Clinch 3rd Place In Conference Standings

The Scotland County softball team wrapped up its best conference season in recent history, pounding Schuyler County 13-3 to end up with a 5-2 mark in league play.

The Lady Tigers clinched third place in the Tri-Rivers Conference by defeating Schuyler County in a game that ended in the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule.

SCR-I avenged a loss to the Rams in the championship game of the Schuyler County Tourney earlier this year.

Schuyler County gave the Lady Tigers a scare early on. The Rams jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. A pair of Scotland County errors accounted for the second run.

The Lady Tigers answered back in the bottom of the inning with three runs to retake the lead. Sara Eggleston reached on a bunt single. Amy Blomme followed with another bunt hit and both runners moved up a base with aggressive running. Meagan Fromm plated both runs with a single. Brandi Mallett delivered an RBI hit to drive home Fromm to make it 3-2.

SCR-I added another run in the third inning. Fromm singled to start the inning. Jenna Shalley reached on a fielder's choice that erased Fromm. Pinch runner Jamie Fuller entered the game for Shalley. After she stole second base Brandi Mallett delivered another RBI single to make the score 4-2.

Scotland County blew the game open in the fourth frame. Jessie Cotton crushed a ball over the centerfielder's head for a triple. Jennifer Crawford walked and stole second base. Cotton crossed the plate stealing home on the double steal. With two outs Blomme knocked in Crawford with a single. Fromm drove in Blomme, the third run of the inning, to put her team on top 7-2.

Schuyler County got one run back in the top of the sixth inning but it was not enough to stop the Lady Tigers.

The home team needed six runs to end the game early and that's just what SCR-I did. Eggleston started and ended the inning. She led off with a hit and stole second base. Blomme reached on an error before Fromm delivered her fourth hit of the game, a double that plated both runners. Shalley followed that with an RBI hit to give SCR-I a 10-3 advantage. A walk to Mallett and a single by Valerie Crawford loaded the bases for Jennifer Crawford who came through with a single up the middle to score two runs. Eggleston delivered the final blow, an infield single off the pitcher's glove, to score Valerie Crawford and end the game under the 10-run rule.

Fromm paced the team's best offensive performance of the year going 4-4 with five RBI. Eggleston was 3-5 with two runs scored while Jennifer Crawford and Mallett were both 2-3 at the plate on the night.

Eggleston went the distance on the mound, allowing three runs, two earned, over six innings of work. She gave up four hits while walking two. The junior hurler struck out 11, including nine of the first 11 outs.

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