Kassie Bulen goes high to snag a throw to first base on a bunt.

Kassie Bulen goes high to snag a throw to first base on a bunt.

Scotland County generated plenty of scoring opportunities on Tuesday night in Shelbyville, but too many stranded runners nearly came back to bite the Lady Tigers. SCR-I held on to beat the Lady Raiders 8-4, but a seventh inning rally by North Shelby had Scotland County wishing it had put the game away early when it had the chance.

The Lady Tigers jumped ahead in the top of the first inning. Chelsea Wood doubled and scored on a  two-base hit by Ashleigh Creek. An RBI ground out by Miranda Holland made it 2-0. SCR-I left the bases loaded.

That proved to be the pattern on the night, as SCR-I left 11 runners on base, and had another three runners erased on the bath paths.

In the second inning, Kaylyn Anders led off with a base hit. Abi Feeney followed with a bunt single but Anders was gunned down trying to advance to third. Feeney scored on a base hit by Creek to make the score 3-0.

The lead grew to 4-0 in the third when Maddie Brassfield reached on an error. She scored on a  double by Kassie Bulen.

The margin grew to 5-0 in the fourth when courtesy runner Khloe Hamlin scored on a wild pitch.

North Shelby finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth with back-to-back doubles to trim the lead to 5-1.

The fifth inning was the lone scoreless frame for SCR-I, which left the bases loaded.

Holland walked in the sixth. Stevi See followed with a base hit before an RBI ground out by Brassfield made the score 6-1.

SCR-I tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. Anders reached on an error. Feeney walked and both runners crossed the plate on a base hit by Wood to extend the lead to 8-2.

North Shelby made things interesting in the team’s final at bat, loading the bases with no one out. Creek recorded a key strike out, but the Lady Raiders pushed three runs across before Holland squeezed the final out in center field to keep SCR-I undefeated in conference play and in the driver’s seat to claim a Tri-Rivers Conference title in the league’s final year in existence.

Wood and Creek both went 3-5 to pace a 14-hit offensive performance for SCR-I. Holland and Bulen both went 2-4.

Creek held North Shelby to four runs, two earned, on nine hits and no walks while striking out seven.

Scotland County improved to 10-7 with the win and 4-0 in the TRC.