September 9, 2004

Lady Tigers Take Second In Knox County Tourney

A shot at defending its tournament title slipped away in the opposition’s final at bat as Highland scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Scotland County 2-1 in the championship game of the 2004 Knox County Tournament.

The Lady Tigers advanced to the title game for the second straight year by defeating the host team Eagles in the opening contest.

Ali Fromm led off the game with a double over the left fielder’s head. When the ball was misplayed the SCR-I speedster came all the way around to score.

The next batter, Rebecca Consbrock singled and scored on a base hit by Jamie Fuller to make the score 2-0.

Consbrock made that lead stand up on the mound. The senior hurler worked out of a jam in the bottom of the inning, stranding runners on second and third.

Consbrock struck out four straight before Knox County’s leadoff hitter doubled. She stole third base and came in to score when the throw went into left field.

Knox County managed just two base runners the rest of the game, as Consbrock buckled down to win her third straight decision. She struck out 13 batters in her strongest outing of the young season. He allowed just four hits and one walk.

Consbrock went 3-4 at the plate while Fromm was 2-4. Knox County’s Katie McMahon limited the rest of the Lady Tigers lineup to just two other hits by Fuller and Ashley Ellison.

Scotland County cruised through game two with a 7-2 win over Marion County. The visiting team opened up with a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. SCR-I quickly erased the deficit with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Consbrock, Fromm, Fuller and Valerie Crawford all had back-to-back hits. All four scored in the inning giving the Lady Tigers a 4-1 lead.

Crawford doubled with two outs in the fourth inning and scored to make the advantage 5-1.

The lead grew to 6-2 in the fourth frame. Catcher Angie Bulen reached on an error and scored on a ground out by Monica Schmitz.

Crawford scored her third run of the contest in the sixth frame. Jacqui Drummond drove in Crawford with an RBI single.

Kara Small got her first career varsity start on the mound. She earned the victory, allowing two runs on four hits without walking a batter. Small struck out four in the complete game.

Scotland County (4-3) looked poised to roll on to the tourney championship as they jumped on top of Highland 1-0 in the title tilt.

SCR-I scored in the top of the second frame. Fuller walked. She moved into scoring position on a sacrifice by Ashley Ellison and scored on an RBI single by catcher Jessica Bair.

The 1-0 lead held up until the sixth inning when Lauraleigh Kraft reached on an error. She came around to score, knotting the game at 1-1.

Highland broke the tie in the final at bat of the contest. The Cougars got a leadoff single followed by a walk. With one out and runners on second and third Stephanie Schultz delivered a sacrifice fly to deliver the winning run.

Kraft helped Highland (5-0) remain perfect on the season with near perfection of her own. After giving up the lone run in the second inning Kraft did not allow another base runner until the fifth inning when Jacqui Drummond delivered the second and final Scotland County hit. Kraft held SCR-I to just two hits and one walk while striking out five.

Her counterpart, Consbrock, was done in by the bottom of the Highland lineup. The Cougars’ seventh, eighth and ninth hitters went 6-8 in the game. Overall Consbrock gave up eight hits, one walk and hit one batter. She struck out six as her record fell to 3-3.

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