September 27, 2007

SCR-I Captures Second Place at Schuyler County Softball Tourney

A pair of pitchers picked up their first career varsity wins as the Scotland County varsity softball team played its way to a second place finish in the Schuyler County Tournament on September 22nd in Queen City.

Coach Kim Small went to Kellyn Wickert to start the first game of the event. The senior had not pitched since junior high, but the move was necessary with normal starter Kelly Lister out with a hand injury.

The move worked to perfection as Wickert blanked Milan over three innings as SCR-I rolled to a 15-0 win.

The Lady Tigers batted around in both the first and second innings. Valerie Oldham started the offense rolling in the first inning with a base knock. Deidra Dochterman and Jessica Bair followed with base hits to load the bases. A walk to Wickert forced in the first run. Lacey Jack and Andrea Shelley followed with RBI hits. After Melissa Cotton walked and Tara Matlock reached on a base hit, Kirsten Johnston made the score 7-0 with a double to clear the bases.

Scotland County plated seven more runs in the second. The key blows were doubles by Wickert and Oldham.

Shelley scored the 15th and final run in the bottom of the third. She opened the inning with a hit. Base knocks by Cotton and Matlock loaded the bases before Oldham delivered the game winning RBI. She went 3-3 in the contest as did Bair and Shelley.

SCR-I turned to Kaitlin Caldwell to start game two. She pitched SCR-I to a 9-3 win versus LaPlata in the semifinals.

The Lady Tigers jumped on top 1-0 in the first inning. Johnston led off the game with a base hit and scored on an RBI single from Dochterman.

Lacey Jack singled and scored on a home run by Andrea Shelley that made it 3-0 in the fourth inning.

Triples from Oldham and Bair in the fifth inning helped Scotland County build a 7-0 cushion before LaPlata finally put three runs on the board in the sixth inning.

Johnston went 4-4 at the plate with three runs scored to pace the offense for SCR-I. Caldwell picked up the victory on the mound, going six innings. She didnít allow a base runner until the fourth inning and finished the contest allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six.

SCR-Iís luck ran out in the finale as Schuyler County smashed the Lady Tigers 13-0 to capture the tourney title.



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