October 17, 2002

SCR-I Advances To District Softball Championship Game With 5-4 Win

Spectators were geared up for a pitcher's dual in the semi-finals of the district tournament when Knox County took on Scotland County for the right to advance to the championship game.

Jessie Cotton gets ready for the throw from the catcher as the Knox County runner tries to get back to third base during district tournament action.

Needless to say it was quite a surprise that seven total runs were scored, let alone seven tallies in the first two innings.

SCR-I came out swinging in the first inning getting to Marcie McMahon early. Sara Eggleston crushed the first pitch off her counterpart for a base hit. A single by Amy Blomme had runners at the corners. A walk to Jenna Shalley loaded the bases for Brandi Mallett who delivered an RBI hit to centerfield. That looked like it might be it for SCR-I but Jessie Cotton jumped all over a pitch and delivered a ground-rule double to right field to make the score 3-0.

After retiring Knox County in order the Lady Tigers left the door open in the second inning with some bad decisions. A one out triple started the rally. The next batter reached on a fielder's choice, which should have been the second out of the inning. The defense followed that up with an error that left the door open for a pair of bloop singles that allowed the Eagles to pull ahead 4-3. The team did get out of a bases loaded jam to keep the game close.

The momentum rollercoaster continued into the bottom of the inning. Rebecca Consbrock opened the inning with a hit. She was erased on a fielder's choice by Eggleston. Blomme, Fromm and then Mallett followed that with base hits to bring the Tigers pitcher home to tie the game at 4-4.

Jenna Shalley takes a hack at a fastball during the Lady Tigers victory over Knox County in the district semi-finals October 10th.

That's where the score remained until the bottom of the seventh inning. Fromm led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Jenna Shalley grounded out to move the runner to third. Mallett delivered her third RBI of the night with a deep fly ball to centerfield. Fromm tagged up and slid home with the winning run.

Eggleston limited Knox County to just one hit over the final five innings allowing the team to come from behind. She gave up just four hits while striking out six and walking one. Three of the four runs in the game were unearned.



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