The Scotland County softball team closed out the 2017 regular season with a bang, blasting out 17 hits and plating 18 runs to smash Schuyler County in the two teams’ finale Monday evening.
SCR-I jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first. Kaylyn Anders legged out an infield single and came in to score on a triple by Ashleigh Creek. Stevi See followed with an RBI single. Khloe Hamlin made it 3-0 with an RBI triple. She scored on a squeeze bunt by Kylie Stott. Madie Bondurant beat out a bunt and made it all the way to third after the throw to first base sailed into right field, allowing Stott to cross the plate.
The Lady Tigers extended the lead in the second when Katie Feeney reached on an error and scored on a triple by Anders, who narrowly missed a homerun as the ball bounced back into play off the top of the centerfield fence. Creek followed with an RBI single to make the score 7-0.
Schuyler trimmed the lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the inning, but the Lady Tigers got both runs back in the top of the third. Feeney started the rally with a two-out single. She scored on a double by Anders, who came in to score when Creek reached on an error to make the score 9-2.
Schuyler trimmed the lead to 9-4 in the bottom of the third and that was where the score remained until the seventh inning, as the Lady Tigers backed Creek with some solid defense. Bondurant made a nice snag at first base to help turn a double play after Creek snagged a liner back to the circle and turned the double play. Anders turned in two nice running catches in left field and second baseman Julie Long also added a pair of fine defensive plays.
SCR-I exploded for nine runs in the final inning of the regular season finale. Stott singled and stole second. She scored on a double by Bondurant who came in to score on a throwing error to push the lead to 11-4. Anders capped off a huge night at the plate with her second triple of the contest to plate two more runs. Creek, Stott, Bondurant and Hamlin all added RBI hits in the big inning.
Creek worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh to seal the 18-4 win. She surrendered four runs, two earned, on eight hits while walking four and striking out five.
Anders went 5-5 on the night with four runs scored and three RBIs. Stott and Bondurant were both 2-5 with two RBIs and Hamlin and Creek also both went 2-5.