Scotland County never got a ball over the outfield fence on Thursday night in Lancaster, but the Tigers definitely battered the barrier with more than a half dozen line drives on a night that saw SCR-I post a 14-4 victory over Schuyler County.
Pence was the first to do the honors, pounding a double off the center field fence to plate Will Fromm who had doubled with two outs in the top of the first. After a walk to Parker Triplett, Branton Burrus hit a shot to right center field that narrowly missed clearing the fence for a homer. Burrus had to settle for a two-run single as the Tigers went ahead 3-0.
The Tigers’ defense struggled a bit in the bottom of the frame. A pair of erros opened the door for two runs to cross the plate. While the glove work was lacking for the Tigers, a bare-handed play helped stop the rally. Burrus snagged an errant relay throw headed for home, grabbing the ball that bounded behind him, with a quick bare-handed snag, that allowed him to catch a runner at second base and end the threat.
SCR-I tacked on a pair of runs in the second inning. Brett Monroe reached on an error. Gage Dodge mashed a double off the center field fence. A walk to Fromm loaded the bases before base on balls to Pence and Parker Triplett expanded the lead to 5-2.
The margin grew to 7-2 in the fourth inning. Dodge smacked another drive off the fence for a two bagger. Jacob Buford followed with a single before Fromm plated both with a long single off the fence in right field.
A pair of errors allowed the Rams to score another unearned run off Fromm to trim the lead to 7-3.
SCR-I got that run back in the sixth when Buford and Fromm led off with base hits and Pence delivered an RBI single.
The Tigers put the game away with a six-run seventh inning that featured just two hits, a single by Brady Curry and a two-run double by Pence.
Burrus worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh in relief of Fromm to secure the 14-4 win.
Pence went 3-3 on the night with a pair of walks and five RBI. Fromm was 3-4 with three RBI and Dodge was 3-4 with three runs scored.
Fromm notched the victory on the mound. In 6 1/3 innings of work, he was tagged for four runs, all unearned, on just three hits and four walks while striking out eight. Burrus walked two and struck out one in 2/3 innings of relief work.
The Tigers improved to 2-2 with the victory.