May 12, 2011

SCR-I Blanks Knox County 3-0 to Capture Conference Crown

Back-to-back doubles in the top of the first inning proved to be all the firepower Scotland County needed on Wednesday night in Edina as the Tigers secured their first Tri-Rivers Conference baseball crown with a 3-0 win over Knox County.

Sabe Sears reached on an error to open the game. Drew Miller and Brock Bondurant followed with RBI doubles to put their team on top 2-0.

That was all the run support Ben Shannan needed. The junior hurler blanked Knox County over seven innings to record the shutout.

The Tigers had at least two runners on base in five of the next six innings, but could not force another run across the plate until the top of the sixth. Shannan singled and scored when Dakota Wells reached on an error to make the score 3-0.

Shannan worked out of a second inning jam, stranding a pair of runners. After that, he cruised through the Eagles lineup, retiring 16 out of the next 17 batters, before Knox put runners at the corners with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. That brought the tying run to the plate, but Shannan closed out the shutout. On the game he allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out 12.

Miller went 4-4 on the night with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Bondurant was 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Shannan was 3-3 at the plate as the Tigers out hit Knox County 10-2.

The win, Scotland County's 12th in a row, improved the team to 12-2 overall and also secured a perfect conference mark for the squad to nail down the Tri-Rivers Conference baseball championship.



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