After getting a workout the evening before in the softball season opener in Memphis, home plate appeared to have planted the don’t tread on me flag Friday as Scotland County hosted Fayette in what turned out to be an old fashioned pitchers’ duel.
Scotland County’s Kaitlyn McMinn and Fayette’s Jordan Ball put up zeros on the scoreboard until Fayette finally broke through in the sixth inning against McMinn. Ball not only maintained the blank in the run column, she also put up a zero in the hit department as well, no hitting SCR-I in the complete game shutout that her team went on to win 4-0.
A one-out walk to Baileigh Phillips ended the perfect game bid in the third inning, but she was stranded at second base.
McMinn carried a no hitter of her own into the fourth inning before surrendering a one-out single. Fayette threatened to score but Morgan Blessing delivered a perfect strike to home plate to gun down the runner after Fayette’s second base hit of the frame.
Abby Curry worked a two-out walk in the fifth but Ball was able to strike out the side to end the threat.
Ball finally put her team on the scoreboard with an RBI double in the sixth inning. A walk an error and a wild pitch allowed her to cross the plate to make the score 2-0.
Morgan Blessing reached on an error to start the bottom of the sixth inning, but Ball mowed down the top of the SCR-I lineup to preserve the shutout.
Fayette tacked on two more tallies in the top of the seventh with a base hit and a trio of errors by the SCR-I infield to make the final score 4-0.
McMinn took the loss, surrendering four runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Kina Billings recorded the final two outs in relief.
Ball notched the no-hitter, working seven innings and walking two while striking out 13.
Scotland County falls to 0-2 with the loss and 0-1 in the Lewis & Clark Conference.