September 16, 2010

Rader Powers Lady Tigers Past Rams in 10-6 Victory

Scotland County overcame an early deficit to rally and defeat Schuyler County 10-6 in Lancaster on September 7th.

The Rams took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

SCR-I trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second. Skyler Alderton reached on an error and scored on a base hit by Shaye Wright.

The Lady Tigers pulled ahead for good in the top of the third inning courtesy of a pair of costly Schuyler errors as well as a long ball off the bat of Bethany Rader. Megan Creek led off the rally with a base hit. After Elizabeth Duzan reached on an error, Rader drove a pitch over the fence to make the score 4-2 in favor of SCR-I. Alderton doubled and Loren Smith walked. Both runners came into score when Courtney Jackson reached on an error.

The advantage grew to 8-2 in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, Duzan singled and came around to score on a double by Rader. Alderton followed with an RBI single.

After a rcoky start. Rader settled down on the mound. She shutout the Rams over the middle innings, allowing just one more hit before the sixth.

An error opened the door for a two run rally for the Rams in the sixth to trim the lead to 8-4.

Scotland County got both those runs back in the seventh inning when Hailey Dial singled and Jackson reached on a base on balls. They both scored on RBI groundouts by Cali Holt and Duzan.

Schuyler County made it interesting, scoring twice in the final at bat before Rader struck out the final two baters to secure the 10-6 victory.

Rader picked up the win, allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits, one walk and one hit batter. She struck out a season-high nine batters.

The freshman also got the job done at the plate, going 2-5 with a home run and a double. Alderton was 3-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.

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