While it was raining back home in Memphis, the Scotland County softball team was making it pour an hour south at the North Shelby Tournament.
Scotland County combined to score 45 runs in three games en route to the championship, raining down hits on the opposing pitchers.
The Lady Tigers opened the Saturday event with a 19-2 win over Bevier. Catcher Katie Feeney led the offense, going 3-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Morgan Blessing and Kaitlyn McMinn each went 2-2 in the game while Kina Billings and Kylee Stott each had a pair of RBIs.
Bevier was able to score a pair of first inning runs off starter Kaitlyn McMinn before the senior settled and held the team hitless over the final three frames.
Leading 4-2, SCR-I blew the game open in the top of the second with an eight-run outburst fueled by a double by Hannah Feeney and a pair of hits by Blessing.
The Lady Tigers tacked on seven more in the fourth inning courtesy of two run singles by Stott and Katie Feeney.
McMinn notched the pitching victory, surrendering two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out seven in four innings of work.
The host team put up a tougher fight in the tourney semifinals. SCR-I broke open a 4-4 tie with a big run late to win 11-5.
The Lady Tigers jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning before North Shelby tallied lone runs in the second and third off starter Hanna Anders to tie the score.
Scotland County retook the lead in the top of the fourth on RBI hits by Katie and Hannah Feeney but North Shelby tied it 4-4 in the bottom of the frame before Blessing gunned down a runner at the plate to end the rally.
SCR-I regained the lead for good in the fifth. Baileigh Phillips plated a pair of runs with a base hit. Abby Curry added an RBI single in the sixth before SCR-I tacked on three more runs in the seventh courtesy of a double by Hannah Feeney to make the final score 11-5.
Anders notched the win in the circle, getting tagged for five runs, two earned, on eight hits and no walks while striking out two.
Stott led the offense with a 4-5 performance at the plate. Phillips and Hannah Feeney each went 2-4 as SCR-I belted out 13 hits.
That set up a championship contest against Mark Twain which pretty much was a storybook ending for SCR-I.
Katie Feeney led off the game for SCR-I narrowly missing a homerun, with a double high off the fence. That opened the door to a seven-run first inning for SCR-I, which did all its heavy lifting with two outs. SCR-I put together six straight base hits to take the 7-0 lead.
Billings delivered a two-run single and Blessing added an RBI hit as SCR-I pushed the lead to 12-0 in the second.
Mark Twain finally got on the board with a pair of runs in the third but Scotland County put the game away in the bottom of the frame. McMinn delivered a two-run double before SCR-I finished it with a walk-off two-run base hit by Katie Feeney that made the final score 17-2.
McMinn notched her second win of the day in the circle. She pitched three innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits while striking out four.
She also got the job done at the plate, going 3-3 with four RBIs. Billings was 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Blessing went 2-2 with two RBIs and Katie Feeney was 2-4 with two RBIs.
Scotland County improved to 6-6 on the season.