October 17, 2002
Junior High Softball Team Wraps Up Season With 5-6 Record
The Scotland County junior high softball team finished the 2002 year with a 5-6 record.
The team opened the year with a 15-2 victory over Schuyler County. Lacey Jack and Kara Small scored three runs in the contest while Sydney Priebe, Kaela Cook, Lauren Grogan and Megan Westhoff each crossed the plate twice.
Small was the winning pitcher recording all nine outs on strikeouts.
A 16-5 loss to Kahoka in game two evened the Lady Tigers record at 1-1. Priebe scored twice for SCR-I. Kellyn Wickert, Andrea Shelley and Morgan Sites plated the other runs for Scotland County.
Small recorded a perfect game leading her team to an 18-0 win over Knox County in four innings. Small retired all 12 batters she faced, including nine strikeouts.
Shelley, Wickert, Small and Kirsten Johnston each crossed the plate three times for SCR-I. Moriah Kittle and Priebe both scored twice in the contest.
SCR-I gave Clark County a much better game in the opener of the Schuyler County Tourney before falling 7-6.
The Lady Tigers battled back to tie the game with six runs in the fourth inning before Kahoka scored the winning run in the fifth.
The next two games in the tournament were wins for Scotland County as the Lady Tigers beat Knox County 15-3 before knocking off Schuyler County 12-7 to bring home the consolation trophy.
Johnston led the offense in the win over Knox County, scoring three times. Grogan, Jack, Wickert and Hannah Kiddoo each scored twice.
The Lady Tigers actually trailed Schuyler County 4-3 before coming on late to win. Priebe and Wickert both crossed the plate three times in the win.
SCR-I made it three wins in a row with a 14-4 victory over Brookfield. Small threw another solid game, striking out nine over four innings of work. She also led the offense, scoring three times in the game.
Milan ended the Lady Tigers winning streak at three with a 7-6 defeat of SCR-I. Scotland County scored five times in the fourth inning to pull ahead 6-4 before Milan rallied in the team's final at bat for the win.
Priebe continued her solid season in the leadoff spot, scoring two of her team's runs. Wickert, Small, Johnston and Grace Sumption scored the other runs.
Scotland County was shut out for the lone time on the year in a 15-0 loss to Putnam County.
Scotland County lost its third game by just one run when North Shelby beat SCR-I 6-5 on October 1. Kellyn Wickert scored three runs for the Lady Tigers. Sites and Priebe accounted for the other two tallies.
Scotland County closed out the year with a much better performance against Putnam County, which ended in a 7-3 defeat.
Coach Julie Wickert called the Midgets the best hitting team the Tigers faced all season.
Wickert said the team made good progress considering only five of the 15 players on the squad were eighth graders. With 10 seventh graders returning next year the Lady Tigers will be looking for a solid season in 2003.