Saturday was a roller coaster ride for the Scotland County softball squad as the Lady Tigers struggled in the field and still haven’t hit on all cylinders, resulting in a pair of losses.
In a tough draw, SCR-I locked horns with Knox County in the opener. Chelsea Wood scored on an RBI single by Ashleigh Creek to give Scotland County a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
After Knox tied the game in the top of the fifth, SCR-I pulled ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the frame when Wood delivered an RBI triple to plate Kassie Bulen to make it 2-1.
The back and forth continued in the sixth as Knox County knotted the score at 2-2 only to have SCR-I tally a run in the bottom of the frame. Stevi See walked and after Julie Long was hit by a pitch, both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Maddie Brassfield plated the go-ahead run with an RBI ground out.
But the wheels came off for SCR-I in the seventh inning, when Knox County scored three runs, taking advantage of four SCR-I errors, to take the 5-3 win.
See was 2-2 at the plate, and narrowly missed a home run in the fourth inning, doubling off the top of the fence. Bulen and Wood were 1-3 and Creek was 1-4. The sophomore pitcher allowed five runs, three earned, on 11 hits while walking nine and striking out two.
Scotland County blasted Novinger 11-1 in the second round as Miranda Holland picked up the pitching victory. The senior worked out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning. She held the Wildcats to just two hits, while walking five and striking out six.
SCR-I scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning.
Creek and Abi Feeney delivered RBI singles and Holland added a run scoring double in the second as the Lady Tigers scored seven times, batting around in the big frame. Bulen had a pair of hits in the inning.
Bulen walked and scored on a base hit by Abby Blessing to end the game by the 10-run rule in the sixth.
Bulen went 2-3 with a pair of runs scored. Feeney was 2-4 with three runs scored.
The roller coaster hit another valley in the consolation trophy game as Cairo jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning.
SCR-I got three runs back in the second. With two outs, walks to Bulen, Kaylyn Anders and Feeney loaded the bases for Wood who delivered a three-run triple to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Cairo added an unearned run in the third and two more tallies in the fourth to extend the lead to 7-3.
SCR-I had runners in scoring position in every inning, but failed to push any runs across the plate until the seventh. See reached on an error. Courtesy runner Khloe Hamlin stole second base and scored on a ground out by Long to make the final score 7-4.
Creek took the loss, allowing 10 hits and a walk in six innings of work. She struck out six.
SCR-I walked 11 times in the game but only mustered two hits, falling to 9-7 on the season with the loss.