In a game moved forward to try and avoid inclement weather, it was only fitting that all the scoring was done before the game was originally scheduled to start on Thursday night in Memphis as Scotland County edged Knox County 3-2 to advance to the Class 1 District 11 championship game on Saturday.
The game’s start was bumped up an hour, with the first pitch at 4 p.m. Scotland County didn’t waste any time jumping on top of their rival. Katie Feeney led off the game with a double. After a walk to Ashleigh Creek, a ground out by Stevi See moved Feeney and courtesy runner Kilee Bradley-Robinson into scoring position. Khloe Hamlin delivered a clutch two-out hit to put SCR-I on top 2-0.
The Lady Eagles took advantage of a two-out error and a wild pitch to manufacture a run in the bottom of the frame to trim the lead to 2-1. Creek stranded a pair of runners, striking out Sidney Miller to end the threat.
Feeney doubled in the second but was stranded.
Creek led off the top of the third with a base hit. She was erased when See reached on a fielder’s choice. Hamlin followed with a sacrifice bunt. Knox County tried to catch See too far off second base but the throw got away and into the outfield, allowing See to come all the way around to score.
Knox County trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the frame with a pair of hits and a walk. But Creek again escaped the jam by fanning Miller.
Creek retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth before Knox County put together a scoring threat in the sixth. The Lady Eagles leadoff batter reached on a controversial play at first where the umpires ruled that first baseman Madie Bondurant had been pulled off the bag by the throw, despite apparently making a clear second effort to step back onto the base. A walk to the next batter had runners at first and second with no outs. Creek nailed the lead runner on a comebacker to the pitcher before inducing a weak pop out to first base for out number two. She then snagged another comebacker to the circle to end the threat.
The senior hurler retired the side in order in the seventh including the final two outs via strikeout to seal the 3-2 win.
Creek allowed two runs, one earned, on just three hits and three walks while striking out eight.
Feeney went 2-3 at the plate to lead the offense. Khloe Hamlin was 1-2 with two RBIs. Katie Hamlin held SCR-I to just four hits and walked two while striking out six.