Power, pitching, defense… it was all on display Thursday night in Memphis as the Scotland County Lady Tigers stayed alive in the Class 1 District 12 softball tournament.
Schuyler County actually jumped out in front 1-0 in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of an error to score an unearned run.
But the Lady Tigers came back in the bottom of the first with a bang, well actually a couple of bangs.
With one out, Chelsea Wood crushed her first career home run, easily clearing the 200-foot sign in centerfield.
One batter later, Miranda Holland lofted a long drive to center, that also landed on the other side of the fence, setting of a second round-trip parade of the SCR-I football players in the crowd out to centerfield to retrieve the ball and help further pump up their team.
SCR-I would never relinquish the lead as pitcher Ashleigh Creek was dominate. The sophomore limited the Rams to just four hits on the night while striking out six.
The Lady Tigers extended the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning. Maddie Brassfield led off with a double to right field. She moved up to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Kassie Bulen.
That run proved huge, as Schuyler County took advantage of a two-out error to score in the top of the fourth.
While SCR-I committed two errors on the night, SCR-I flashed the leather on a number of plays that helped preserve the win. Shortstop Abi Feeney made several plays ranging all over the diamond to track down balls. Brassfield had a huge scoop at first base and Holland and Julie Long both made nice running catches in the outfield. But Creek turned in the top fielding gem when she came off the mound to scoop up a bunt and hustled in to put the tag on the base runner that represented the tying run in the top of the sixth inning. Creek just beat the runner home and was able to hang onto the ball despite the collision at the plate.
SCR-I had a chance to add some insurance runs, leaving the bases loaded in the third inning and having a runner thrown out at the plate in the sixth.
The Rams put the pressure on in the seventh, with a runner reaching third base. But Wood fielded a tough ground ball to third and gunned down the Schuyler runner at first to close out the 3-2 win.
Holland led the offense, going 2-3 with a homer. Wood was 1-2 with a home run. Brassfield was 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Bulen was officially 0-0, with the RBI bunt and a walk.
SCR-I (11-9) advanced to take on Canton (21-3), a 6-0 winner over Knox County in the other semifinal.