September 6, 2012

Avalanche of Errors Dooms Lady Tigers in Softball Home Opener

Megan Creek slides into third base ahead of the throw during the Lady Tigers' home opener August 28th vs. South Shelby.

The second batter of the night set the tone for Scotland County in its softball home opener on Tuesday night, and unfortunately for the Lady Tigers it wasn't good.

After a leadoff single, South Shelby attempted a sacrifice bunt. Three errors later, both runners had scored, despite the fact the batted ball had only gone a few feet.

That was a sign for more to come, as the Lady Tigers defense self destructed, committing a total of 11 errors on the night as South Shelby rolled to a 9-2 victory.

The first inning was the biggest blow, as the Lady Birds scored five times, taking advantage of six SCR-I fielding miscues to go along with three hits. All five runs off starter Megan Creek were unearned.

The margin grew to 6-0 in the top of the second with a pair of base hits for South Shelby.

Scotland County finally got on the board in the fourth inning. Designated hitter Miranda Holland singled and came in to score on a base hit by catcher Olivia Harris to make it 6-1.

Creek trimmed the deficit to 6-2 when she crushed a home run over the left-centerfield fence.

The Lady Birds put the game away with a pair of runs in the sixth before adding a lone tally in the seventh.

Creek was tagged for the loss in her season debut. She allowed 7 hits in seven innings of work, recording six strikeouts and two walks.

The senior was 2-3 at the plate with a walk, a double and a home run. Bethany Rader, Holland, Harris, Claire Shannan and Kaitie Howard were all 1-3 at the plate.

The loss drops the Lady Tigers to 0-2 on the season.

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