September 21, 2006

Lady Tigers Go 1-2 at NCMC Softball Tourney

The Scotland County softball team went 1-2 at the North Central Missouri College invitational tournament held in Trenton on Saturday, September 16th.

The Lady Tigers opened the event against conference nemesis Putnam County and the Midgets stood tall in a 9-0 victory. Putnam County sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning off SCR-I starter Kaela Cook and jumped out to a commanding 7-0 advantage in the opening frame courtesy of five SCR-I fielding errors.

The Midgets’ Stacy Hines pitched five innings of no-hit ball to record the shutout. She walked two batters and struck out five in the win.

Cook settled down after the first inning and retired six of the next seven batters she faced before Putnam County tallied two more times in the fourth inning.

Game two pitted SCR-I against Maysville. The Lady Tigers got their bats going but were unable to come up with the big hits, stranding four runners in scoring position in a 3-1 loss.

Maysville jumped on top 1-0 in the top of the third off starter Karra Small. SCR-I tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Tara Matlock led off with a base hit and came around to score on a base hit by Kirsten Johnston. She was stranded at third base.

Maysville scored an unearned run in the fifth inning to pull ahead 2-1 and added an insurance tally in the top of the sixth inning.

SCR-I stranded Lacey Jack at second base in the fourth inning after she walked and stole second base. Valerie Oldham tripled in the sixth inning but was left on base.

Oldham went 2-3 in the loss for the Tigers. Matlock was 2-2 while Johnston and Kellyn Wickert were each 1-3 at the plate.

Small allowed seven hits and a walk in six innings of work. Only one of the three runs charged to her were earned. She struck out five batters.

SCR-I closed out the tourney in style with a 15-5 victory over Sedalia Smith-Cotton. The Lady Tigers batted a round in the first inning to jump on top 7-0. The first seven batters reached base and scored.

Scotland County expanded the margin to 12-0 in the second frame and rode the momentum to the 15-5 win.

Johnston went 4-4 at the plate and scored two runs. Oldham and Cook went 3-4 with three runs scored and Jack was 2-4 and crossed the plate twice.

Small picked up the victory on the mound. All five runs charged to her were unearned as she allowed seven hits and two walks over five innings. She struck out two.

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