September 7, 2006

Lady Tigers Take 5th Place at Knox County Tournament

An opening round draw against top ranked Highland made it a tough road to the hardware for the Scotland County softball team at the Knox County Tournament Saturday, September 2 in Edina.

SCR-I dropped the tourney opener to the defending state champions 10-0.

Highland got off to an early start in the 8:00 a.m. contest, scoring five runs in the teamís first at bat off SCR-I starter Karra Small. The Lady Tigers defense didnít help the cause, committing three errors that opened the door for the poor start.

Highlandís hurler Jodi Schultz set SCR-I down in order in the first frame and didnít allow a runner past second base in her five innings of work. Jessica Bair and Valerie Oldham had back-to-back singles in the second inning but the Lady Tigers couldnít take advantage of the opportunity.

Oldham went 2-2 in the contest, while Bair and Megan Westhoff supplied the remainder of Scotland Countyís four hits off Schultz. She struck out eight and walked one en route to the win.

Schultz supplied some offense as well as she led off the second inning with a home run that made the score 6-0. Highland added three more runs in the third and put the game away in the fifth with a lone tally to invoke the 10-run rule.

The loss dropped the Lady Tigers into the fifth place contest.

Scotland County outlasted the host Eagles 6-5 to win the consolation trophy.

The host squad jumped on top 4-0 in the opening inning getting to starter Kaela Cook.

The Lady Tigers roared right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Kirsten Johnston and Kellyn Wickert reached base to start the rally. Jessica Bair was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Valerie Oldham walked to force in the first run. Cook and Lacey Jack delivered hits to drive in the tying runs.

Knox County went back on top 5-4 in the second inning courtesy of a leadoff walk that came around to score on an error by SCR-I.

Johnston tied it in the bottom of the second inning. She led off with a hit and stole second and third before scoring on a groundout by Wickert.

Cook worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning and then retired eight of the final nine batters.

She scored what proved to be the winning run in the third inning. She singled and stole second and third base before crossing the plate on a base knock by Jack.

Cook picked up the win, going five innings and allowing five hits and two walks while striking out five.

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