October 30, 2003

Lady Tigers Place Six Players On All Conference Softball Squads

Putnam County captured its third state softball champion-ship Monday, October 27 winning the Class 2A title with a 3-0 win over Lawson in Columbia. Oddly enough the Midgets finished just third in the Tri-Rivers Conference standings in arguably the most talented softball league in Missouri.

Scotland County placed six players among the leagueís elite when the Tri-Rivers All Conference teams were announced following the season.

Sara Eggleston was edged out in the league most valuable player balloting by junior hurler Katie McMahon from Knox County. Eggleston, a senior, had the numbers to make the argument that she deserved the top honors.

She pitched her team to a 17-5 mark as the Lady Tigers finished 4-3 in conference play and bowed out of the district playoffs in a 17-inning marathon loss to Knox County.

Eggleston was 15-5 on the season racking up 146 innings pitched. She allowed just 106 hits and walked only 32 while striking out 180 on the year. Only 28 of the 41 runs she allowed were earned giving her a 1.34 ERA.

Her bat earned her nearly as many accolades as her arm did. Eggleston was SCR-Iís leading hitter with a .402 batting average on the year. She stepped it up in the six-game conference schedule when she hit at a .440 clip. The Lady Tigers leadoff hitter scored a team-high 23 runs and led the team with 33 hits and 13 stolen bases. Her eight bases on balls was also a team high and helped her generate an on base percentage of .457.

Joining Eggleston on the all-conference roster was battery mate Brandi Mallett. Mallett was named to the second team along with shortstop Ali Fromm.

Mallett, like Eggleston, has been a starter for SCR-I all four years of her varsity career.

She saved her best season for last, hitting .373 on the year. Mallett led the team with six doubles and drove in 14 runs this year. She also earned the recognition with her work at catcher where she recorded a .931 fielding percentage with just two errors in 22 games.

Fromm stepped into the starting shortstop position as a sophomore taking over where her older sister, Meagan, left off. Ali recorded a .385 batting average and finished with four doubles, three triples and one home run, which came in the first game of the district playoffs. She also translated her speed into 10 stolen bases and accounted for 15 runs scored.

But the Lady Tigers were not done there. Three SCR-I players were named to the Honorable Mention team.

Third baseman Jessie Cotton wrapped up her senior year hitting .263 on the regular season. She earned the rest of the league coaches by compiling a .316 batting average in Tri-rivers Conference play. Cotton recorded four doubles, three triples and one home run this year to go along with 10 RBI.

Juniors Valerie Crawford and Rebecca Consbrock worked their ways into the SCR-I lineup with their bats. Both girls played in the outfield and the infield. Crawford started out in left field before taking over at second base early in the year. One thing that remained constant all year was her stroke at the plate. Crawford hit .346 this year with a team-high 18 RBI.

Consbrock was 2-0 on the mound, started all three outfield positions and played first base this year for the Lady Tigers. She hit the ball regardless of where Coach Terri Slaughter insterted her on defense. Consbrock was third on the team with a .376 batting average. She had two doubles and two triples and recorded 11 RBI in 2003.

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