October 7, 2010

Big Fifth Inning Moves Milan Past Lady Tigers 12-5

A key conference battle on Thursday night in Milan went the way of the home team as things unraveled on Scotland County late in the contest allowing the Wildcats to post the 12-5 victory.

A 5-5 tie became lopsided in favor of Milan in the bottom of the fifth when the home team’s bats came to life. Milan sent 11 batters to the plate, knocking out five bases hits, combined with a base on balls and two SCR-I errors to blow the game open.

Scotland County jumped ahead 1-0 in the top of the first when Megan Creek led off with a double and came around to score on an RBI ground out by Bethany Rader.

Three errors in the bottom of the frame allowed Milan to plate three unearned runs.

SCR-I came right back to take the 4-3 lead in the top of the second inning. Walks to Hailey Dial and Courtney Jackson set the plate for Creek, who cracked a two-run double. She scored on a base hit by Elizabeth Duzan to regain the lead.

The see-saw of lead changes continued as Milan scored twice in the bottom of the frame without the benefit of a hit, to lead 5-4.

Shaye Wright’s RBI single plated Skyler Alderton, who led off the third inning for Scotland County with a base hit to knot the score at 5-5.

After little help from the defence in the first two innings, Rader settled in to shut down Milan over the next two innings.

But the wheels came off in the fifth inning, as Milan touched up Rader and reliever Megan Creek for seven runs after a couple errors extended the inning for Milan. Three consecutive two-out hits helped Milan bat around.

Milan threatened to add even more to the score but Creek worked out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth.

Scotland County had runners in scoring position three of the final four innings of the night but could not push across in more runs.

Creek went 3-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Alderton also collected three hits in four trips to the plate.

Rader pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and a walk. She was charged for nine runs, all of which were unearned.

Creek allowed four hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief work.

The loss drops Scotland County to 6-7 on the season and 1-3 in Tri Rivers Conference play.

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