September 26, 2013

Eagles Soar to Conference Lead with 4-1 Win Over Lady Tigers

A rough first inning was more than Scotland County could overcome on September 17th in Edina as the Lady Tigers could not come up with the big hits needed to best the Lady Eagles. Knox County scored three times in the bottom of the first en route to the 4-1 Tri-Rivers Conference victory.

SCR-I had runners at first and second with just one out in the top of the frame but could not score.

Knox County fared much better in its half of the inning. Paige Couch led off with a double. The Lady Eagles aggressive base running was the difference. Couch scored on a squeeze bunt by Hannah Dale, who reached on the fielder's choice. Another base hit put Dale in scoring position. SCR-I struggled to handle the small game, as the next three batters bunted, squeezing in two more runs before Bethany Rader struck out the final two batters.

Hailey Dial singled in the second, the first of only two SCR-I hits on the game.

A big scoring threat happened in the top of the third, when Dale walked the bases loaded. The Knox County hurler recovered to strike out the side and keep the score at 3-0.

The Eagles tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the third to extend the lead to 4-0.

Claire Shannan walked to start the fourth inning. A two out walk to Miranda Holland was followed by an infield single by Randi Slaughter. An error on the throw put runners at second and third, allowing Rader to be intentionally walked to load the bases. Dale was able to retire the final batter to secure the 4-1 lead.

Dale retired the final 10 straight batters to seal the 4-1 win and put Knox County atop the league standings.

Rader was tagged with the loss, going seven innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out six.

Holland was 0-1 with three walks. Slaughter was 1-4 and Dial went 1-3 at the plate. Dale struck out 12, and surrendered just two hits but did walk eight in the victory.

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