Scotland County tripled its way to a big lead on Tuesday night, September 23rd, in Milan but had to hold off a late charge by the Wildcats to post a 9-6 Tri-Rivers Conference victory.
SCR-I jumped on top 2-0 in the top of the first inning. Miranda Holland led off with a single that turned into three bases with an error on the outfielder. She scored on a single by Randi Slaughter, who crossed the plate on an RBI hit by Olivia Harris.
Milan trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of hits off Ashleigh Creek.
Triples by Chelsea Wood and Holland led to two runs in the top of the fifth for the Lady Tigers.
Scotland County added some insurance in the top of the seventh. Kassie Bulen started the inning with a base hit. After Wood reached on an error, Abi Feeney tripled to center field to knock in the pair. Holland followed with an RBI single to make the score 7-1. Slaughter reached on an error and Creek closed out the scoring with an RBI hit to push the lead to 9-1.
Milan made things interesting in the game’s final at bats. The Wildcats took advantage of a leadoff walk and a pair of hits before an error opened the door for five runs to cross the plate before Creek fanned Samantha DeRyke to close out the 9-6 win.
Creek notched the win, surrendering six runs, five earned, on seven hits while walking two. She struck out nine batters.
Holland continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-4 with an RBI triple and three runs scored. Harris was 2-4 with an RBI triple while Feeney and Wood each went 1-3 with a triple.
Scotland County improved to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in conference play.