Scotland County brought its power bats to Kahoka on Thursday night, but three home runs were not enough as Clark County outscored the Tigers 12-8 in a slugfest.
SCR-I missed the opportunity to take the lead in the top of the first, leaving the bases loaded after base hits by Gage Dodge and Will Fromm.
The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the frame with a two-out double by Brent Tweedy. Chandler Bevans struck out but reached on a wild pitch to extend the inning. He was picked off first base, but got in the run down long enough to allow Tweedy to score from third.
Scotland County knotted the score at 2-2 in the top of the second inning. Will Pickerell was hit by a pitch. Aaron Blessing followed with a two-run homer to right field. Dodge followed with a base hit and Aaron Buford walked, but the Indians got out of the inning with a double play to keep the score tied.
Buford struck out the leadoff hitter in the second and got a stellar defensive play by Dodge. Fromm backed up and made a leaping attempt at a looping line drive to third base. The ball tipped off his glove and Dodge was there from his shortstop position to dive and snag the ball for the putout.
But the Indians again put together a two-out rally, taking advantage of a pair of walks and a hit by pitch before an error extended the inning for a bloop two-run single by Zeb Riney extended the Clark County lead to 5-2.
SCR-I trimmed the deficit to 5-3 in the top of the third. Grant Campbell led off with a walk. He moved to second on a balk and advanced on a ground out by Zach Curry before coming in to score on an errant pickoff throw.
Buford retired the side in order in the bottom of the frame.
SCRI took the lead in the top of the fourth inning powered by a pair of two run home runs.
Blessing reached on an error in front of a deep homer to centerfield by Dodge. Buford walked before Campbell blasted a home run to left-center field to make the score 7-5.
The lead was short lived as Clark County put four runs on the board in the bottom of the frame. After three straight one-out hits, SCR-I looked poised to get out of the inning clinging to a 7-6 lead, but a key two out error extended the frame and chased Buford after just 3 2/3 innings of work.
The Tigers again let a big inning slip away in the top of the fifth inning, loading the bases with a hit by Pickerell and a pair of Clark County errors. But SCR-I had a runner thrown out at the plate and another runner picked off to end the threat.
Clark extended the lead to 12-8 in the fifth off reliever Justin McKee. The big blow was a two-run homer by Tweedy.
Buford was saddled with the pitching loss, allowing nine runs, three earned on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. McKee was charged with three runs, all unearned, on four hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings of relief work. He struck out two.
Dodge went 3-3 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI and his first homer of the season. Campbell was 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Blessing was 1-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Scotland County falls to 1-2 on the season while Clark County improved to 2-2. Dakota Allen was the winning pitcher for the Indians while Tweedy notched the save.