Augsut 24, 2006

Lady Tigers Drop Tough Softball Season Opener at Highland

There is nothing like taking on the toughest opponent right out of the gate. That is what faced the Scotland County softball team as it traveled to Highland August 21 for the 2006 season opener.

The Lady Tigers faced off against the defending state champion Highland Cougars who return eight of the nine starters from last years undefeated squad.

Pitcher Jodi Schultz is one of those key components that led the Cougars to a 24-0 mark in 2005. She shutout SCR-I over seven innings as Highland posted an 8-0 win over Scotland County.

I told the girls after the game that we just played with the state champions and now we know what it is going to take for us to elevate our play to that level, stated Coach Terri Slaughter.

Highland blew the game open with a five-run fifth inning of SCR-I starter Kaela Cook. The junior hurler took the loss in her first varsity start after holding the potent Highland offense in check early in the game.

I wasnt terribly disappointed in our performance, Slaughter said. We made some good plays on defense and stuck with a tough team, so we can take some positives from the game to build on down the road.

Five of the eight runs Highland scored were earned.

Karra Small pitched the final two innings of the contest for SCR-I and struck out two in her first relief appearance.

SCR-I mounted its lone scoring threat in the sixth inning when Tara Matlock and Kirsten Johnston both got hits off Schultz. But they were stranded at second and third.

Highland made it a clean sweep in the junior varsity contest with a 5-0 victory. The Cougars scored four runs in the first inning en route to the win. Kristen Kaldenberg took the loss on the hill for the Lady Tigers.

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