September 22, 2011

SCR-I Comes Up Short in Bid to Hand Eagles First Loss of Softball Season

Bethany Rader applies the tag to the Knox County base stealer during the Lady Tigers conference game in Edina on September 13th.

Knox County knocked SCR-I from the ranks of the unbeaten earlier this season, so the Lady Tigers were hoping to do the same to their counterparts on September 13th in Edina. But the efforts came up a run short, as the Eagles prevailed 5-4 to improve to 9-0 on the year, and 2-0 in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

SCR-I fell behind early. Mackenzie Hustead led off the game with a walk. The speedster manufactured a run by stealing second and third before coming home on a passed ball to put her team on top 1-0.

Another leadoff walk in the second inning hurt SCR-I, as Knox County went on to tally two runs, aided by an SCR-I fielding error, to push the lead to 3-0.

Scotland County got on the board in the top of the third. Megan Creek singled and stole second and third bases. She came in to score on an RBI single by Bethany Rader. Brianna Priebe followed with a base hit but Hustead made a running catch in center field on a drive by Loren Smith to end the scoring threat.

The Lady Tigers tied the game in the top of the fifth inning. Elizabeth Duzan led off with a base hit. Creek followed with a single before Rader delivered her second RBI hit of the night to make it 3-2. Creek came in to score when Smith reached on an error.

Knox County regained the advantage in the bottom of the frame, before tacking on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a couple of fielding miscues by SCR-I to make the score 5-3.

That run proved big, as Scotland County rallied in the top of the seventh. Creek singled and scored on a ground out by Rader to make it 5-4 before Rachel Poston closed out the win for Knox County with a strikeout.

Creek went 3-4 at the plate, stealing three bases and scoring three runs. Rader was 3-4 with 3 RBIs.

Creek took the loss on the mound, allowing five runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out five.

SCR-I falls to 6-3 on the season and 0-1 in the TRC.

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