A promising start faded into a disheartening finish as Scotland County’s softball season came to a screeching halt in the district championship when Canton rallied for a 17-2 victory.
The Lady Tigers gave the big home crowd something to cheer for in the top of the first inning. With one out, Chelsea Wood doubled to deep centerfield. Ashleigh Creek followed with a two-run blast over the center field fence to make the score 2-0.
Canton took advantage of a pair of SCR-I errors in the bottom of the frame to trim the deficit to 2-1, but the Lady Tigers foiled a squeeze bunt to maintain the lead.
Continued defensive woes for SCR-I, allowed Canton to pull ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the second inning, scoring a pair of unearned runs on a pair of miscues on the Lady Tigers outfield.
Canton extended the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the third before putting the game on ice, batting around in the fourth inning to score 11 more times and end the game by the 15-run rule.
SCR-I was held to just four hits in the season finale. Creek was 1-2 with the two-run homer. Wood, Miranda Holland and Kaylyn Anders had the other hits.
Canton racked up 15 hits. None of the six runs scored in the first three innings were earned, as Canton used five SCR-I errors to take control of the contest. Two more errors opened the door for the big fourth inning as well.
Scotland County finished the season with an 11-10 record. Canton (22-3) advances to take on District 11 champs, Atlanta (22-3), a 10-0 winner over North Shelby.