A promising start on Thursday night in Kahoka walked away from the Lady Tigers softball team as Clark County took advantage of SCR-I’s pitching struggles to find the strike zone. Base on balls were a big part of a 10-run third inning rally by the Lady Indians that turned a 6-1 SCR-I lead into a 11-6 deficit from which Scotland County was never able to recover.
Scotland County got off to a great start, plating three runs in the top of the first inning. Kylee Stott came up with the bases loaded and plated all three runs with a double.
SCR-I loaded the bases again in the second inning on base hits by Abby Blessing and Julie Long and a walk to Hannah Feeney. After Madie Bondurant reached on an error to knock in one run, SCR-I got another key two-out hit as Kaylyn Anders plated two runs with a single to give the Lady Tigers a 6-1 lead.
But the wheels came off for Scotland County in the bottom of the third inning. Clark County took advantage of a hits batsman and a hit and five straight base on balls to chase starter Kaitlyn McMinn with SCR-I still on top 6-5. Stott came on in relief but was unable to stop the bleeding. After three more walks and a hit, Clark County led 11-6.
SCR-I trimmed the deficit to 11-8 in the fourth. Katie Feeney led off with a base hit and scored when Bondurant reached on an error. She came in to score on a base hit by Khloe Hamlin.
Clark County got both runs back in the bottom of the frame, taking advantage of a pair of SCR-I errors.
Hannah Feeney reached on an error in the sixth and scored on a double by Bondurant.
Clark County scored two in the fifth and put the game away with four in the bottom of the sixth to end the game by the 10-run rule.
McMinn took the loss, going 2 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs, all earned, on three hits and seven walks with three strikeouts. Stott pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing 10 runs, six earned, on six hits and five walks while fanning one.
Bondurant went 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the offense. Anders was 1-2 with two RBI and a run scored and Stott was 1-3 with three RBIs.