Scotland County could not overcome one bad inning of defense as Canton’s Olivia Jarvis held the Lady Tigers’ bats in check most of the night on Monday helping Canton claim the Class 1 District 11 softball championship with a 6-2 win.
Canton took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A leadoff walk and a hit by pitch put SCR-I in trouble out of the gates. Laken Hugenberg delivered an RBI single, but SCR-I was able to get out of the jam trailing just 1-0.
A leadoff triple by Khloe Hamlin had Scotland County poised to erase the deficit. But Jarvis was able to work out of the jam and leave Hamlin stranded at third with her team still on top 1-0.
The wheels came off for Scotland County in the bottom of the third inning, when the first four Canton batters reached on errors as SCR-I struggled against Canton’s bunting game. All four runners crossed the plate in the inning as Canton took a commanding 5-0 lead.
Canton kept the pressure on all night, placing at least one runner on base in every inning but the sixth. That was the case in the fourth, but SCR-I starter Ashleigh Creek was able to strand a pair of Canton runners.
Jarvis’s night was much less stressful. After the Hamlin triple in the second, she retired 14 straight batters.
SCR-I finally broke through in the sixth. With two outs, Kaylyn Anders was hit by a pitch. Creek gave the SCR-I crowd some hope when she blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence to cut the deficit to 6-2.
Kylee Stott kept the hope alive in the seventh with a one-out double. A walk to Kaitlyn McMinn added more fuel to the rally, but Jarvis was able to get Abby Blessing to pop out in foul territory to end the contest.
Creek finished her SCR-I career with a solid performance against a tough Canton lineup. The senior surrendered six runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out three. She also went 2-3 at the plate with a home rurn and two RBIs.
Hamlin and Stott had the lone other hits for SCR-I as Jarvis pitched a gem. She allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five.
Scotland County closed out the season with a 16-9 record.
Canton (17-5) will advance to play Gallatin (10-14) on October 11th in the first round of the Class 1 playoffs. The winner will face the winner from the District 9 and 10 champions matchup between Salisbury (22-2) and Atlanta (20-3). That game will be played Saturday, October 14th.