September 1, 2011

SCR-I Slips by Indians 5-4 in Extra Innings



Bethany Rader takes the throw at second base as the Lady Tigers try to cut down a Clark County base stealer.

I took a little longer than it should have, but Scotland County improved to 3-0 on the season with a 5-4 win over Clark County in Memphis on August 25th.

An error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed Clark County to tie the game at 4-4 and force extra innings. SCR-I broke the tie in the bottom of the ninth to prevail 5-4.

The Lady Tigers jumped on top 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. With one out Randi Slaughter doubled. A two out walk to fellow freshman Brianna Priebe proved costly, as both runners scored on a Clark County error.

SCR-I missed a golden opportunity in the second inning, recording four base hits without plating a run.

Clark County took advantage of a pair of SCR-I errors to score three unearned runs in the top of the fourth to pull ahead 3-2.

The Lady Tigers regained the lead in the bottom of the frame. Megan Creek delivered a two run triple to push her team ahead 4-3.

That looked liked it would be enough scoring, as Creek retired the side in order in the fifth and sixth inning.

A one-out single in the seventh stole the momentum. Creek retired the next batter before an error gave Clark County new life and let the tying run score.

Scotland County loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Bethany Rader grounded into a fielder's choice, and Clark County narrowly recorded the second out at home plate, erasing Elizabeth Duzan. But in the confusion that followed the play, Creek scampered home and just beat a throw from the pitcher with the winning run.

Slaughter was 3-5 at the plate to lead the offense. Creek was 1-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Duzan was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Creek improved to 2-0 on the mound, holding Clark County to just four hits over nine innings of work. All four runs charged to her were unearned. She struck out 14 batters while walking none.

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