September 1, 2005

Quick Start Leads Clark County Past Lady Tigers

The pre-season pick for the cream of the crop in the Tri-Rivers Conference opened as expected Thursday night in Memphis as Clark County scored four runs in the first inning. But the Lady Tigers made a game of it, rallying late before ultimately dropping the contest 7-3.

The Indians jumped out early to lead courtesy of three hits and a pair of SCR-I errors.

The Lady Tigers recovered one tally in the bottom of the inning. Jamie Fuller led off with a base hit but had to leave the game after reaggravating a leg injury suffered in the season opener. Tara Matlock pinch ran and stole second. She scored courtesy of a passed ball and a wild pitch.

Scotland County’s Karra Small settled down after the opening inning. She retired six straight batters and 13 of the next 15 hitters she faced.

In the bottom of the fourth Scotland County mounted a big charge. Kirsten Johnston started the inning with a triple. Ali Fromm contributed an RBI single and she came in to score on a double by Jessica Bair. A single by Kellyn Wickert followed by a stolen base, had runners at second and third with no outs. But SCR-I failed to plate the tying runner.

Clark County responded with a single run in each of the next three innings to expand the lead to 7-3. Ashley Wallingford settled down for Clark County and allowed just two base runners over the final three innings as she nailed down the victory for the Indians.

Small took the loss in the complete game effort. She allowed 11 hits and walked one while striking out 12. She was outdueled by Wallingford, who allowed just six hits and walked one while fanning 14, including a stretch of six straight.

Johnston, Fromm, and Bair all went 1-3 at the plate while Valerie Oldham came off the bench for another pinch hit.

The Lady Tigers dropped to 1-2 on the season.

The SCR-I junior varsity team posted a 9-8 victory. Both Oldham and Deidra Dochterman went 3-3 with three runs scored. Melissa Cotton was 2-3 with a pair of tallies.

Kaela Cook was the winning pitcher going five innings. She allowed 12 hits and walked one while striking out seven.

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