September 16, 2004

Lady Tigers Open Conference Play With 2-1 Win Over Clark County

Opening the conference softball season with a win, and doing it against your nemesis Clark County Ė it doesnít get any better than that for the Scotland County Lady Tigers. While it was a perfect start to the Tri-Rivers season for SCR-I it was nearly a perfect game for pitcher Rebecca Consbrock.

After giving up a two-out double to her counterpart, Ashley Wallingford, in the top of the first inning, the SCR-I hurler settled into a groove. Consbrock did not allow another base hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning.

That hit did make things a bit dicey, as Clark County pulled within 2-1 and had runners at first and second before Consbrock struck out the final batter of the game to preserve the win.

Scotland County got all the runs it needed in the bottom of the first inning. Ali Fromm led off the game with a base hit. She went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Consbrock. The third baseman nearly caught the bunt for an easy double play, but the ball squirted away and allowed the SCR-I batter to reach base safely. Fromm and Consbrock moved up a base on a wild pitch by Wallingford.

The Indiansí sophomore hurler looked like she might get out of the jam when she struck out the next two hitters. But SCR-I freshman catcher Jessica Bair delivered another clutch hit, a two-RBI single that fell in between the center fielder, the shortstop and second baseman.

The Lady Tigers had at least one base runner in every inning but the second, but were unable to push across any insurance runs.

Consbrock made the lead stand up. Clark County threatened in the second inning. A leadoff walk and an error put runners at first and second with no outs. But Consbrock got the next three hitters, stranding the Indians best scoring chance.

Those three outs started a string of 14 consecutive batters retired in the dominating performance.

Consbrock struck out the leadoff hitter in the seventh inning. But a walk and a fielderís choice put runners at first and second with just one out. A Clark County pinch hitter delivered a sharp base hit up the box that Consbrock narrowly missed snagging.

SCR-I got a huge out when Bair blocked a pitch in the dirt and then threw out the runner trying to advance to third. Consbrock then fanned the final hitter.

She finished the game with eight strikeouts. Consbrock allowed just two hits and walked two. The SCR-I defense recorded 13 putouts by the pitcher and committed two errors.



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