Two big innings resulted in an even bigger victory for the Scotland County softball program as the Lady Tigers scored a 4-2 win over Knox County on Tuesday night in Memphis to gain a leg up on the ringing Lewis & Clark Conference champions.
Savannah Mauck gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when she smacked a solo home run.
BUT SCR-I stormed right back in the bottom of the frame. Katie Feeney lead off with a base hit. A walk to Kaylyn Anders, followed by a base hit by Ashley Creek loaded the bases with no outs. Madie Bondurant reached on an error that allowed two runs to score before Knox County worked out of a bases loaded jam.
An SCR-I error allowed Knox County to tie it up in the top of the second inning.
The score remained 2-2 until the bottom of the fifth inning. A one-out single by Feeney started the rally. Base hits by Anders and Creek loaded the bases and with two outs, Bondurant again reached on an error that allowed two runs to score.
Creek worked out of several jams with the help of her defense. Catcher Stevi See gunned down a base stealer in the fourth inning and made a great catch, slamming into the fence at the backstop to snag a foul ball in the fifth inning. Feeney took away a base hit as well, with a fine snag on a liner to third base.
An error to lead off the seventh inning gave Knox County some hope. But after a sacrifice moved the runner to third, See again came up big on defense, as she gathered a wild pitch and made a perfect toss to Creek covering home to nail the runner trying to score.
But the Eagles still made things interesting with a pair of two out hits. With runners at second and third, Creek got Katie Hamlin to ground out to end the game.
The senior hurler tossed seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out five.
Creek was 3-3 at the plate. Feeney went 2-4 with a run scored and Anders was 1-2 with a walk and a pair of runs scored.
Scotland County improved to 3-4 on the season and 3-0 in the Lewis and Clark Conference.