September 9, 2010

Lady Tigers Pick Up Windy Win Over Wildcats

Dark skies are often an ominous backdrop for softball outings, but Mother Nature held off just long enough for Scotland County to down Novinger 7-1 on Thursday night in Memphis.

Strong winds blowing in from leftfield made the hitting tough, but SCR-I was able to muster one huge inning to knock off one of its newest district rivals.

The Wildcats made SCR-Iís Megan Creek work for the win. The sophomore hurler had to work out of several jams on the evening. Novinger had runners in scoring position in four separate frames but was held scoreless by Creek. Novingerís lone run came on a leadoff home run by Callie Farrell in the third inning. She laced a drive down the right field line that allowed her to circle the bases.

That knotted the score at 1-1. SCR-I had jumped on top in the bottom of the first inning. Creek led off with a base hit and advanced on a sacrifice by Elizabeth Duzan. She scored when Bethany Rader reached on an error to make it 1-0.

Creek worked out of a big jam in the second inning. After allowing back-to-back singles to start the frame, she struck out two of the next three batters to strand the runners.

The Lady Tigers blew the contest open in the bottom of the third inning. Kiley Frazier led off with a base hit and came around to score on a double by Creek. Rader delivered an RBI single to make it 3-1. After Skyler Alderton reached on an error, Loren Smith singled in Rader. Hailey Dial reached on a fielderís choice before an error on a fly ball off the bat of Cali Holt plated two more runs. Courtney Jackson finished off the six-run rally with an RBI single to put her team on top 7-1.

Novingerís Lottie Hubbard retired the side in order in the next three innings, but Creek had all the runs she needed.

She allowed just two hits and two walks over the final four innings, nailing down the 7-1 victory.

Creek picked up the complete game victory, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out six.

She also went 2-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Rader was 1-3 with a pair of RBI. Smith, Frazier and Jackson were all 1-3.

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