Lady Eagles Win First KC Tournament Game
By David Sharp
Knox County rallied from a two run first inning deficit and took a 5-2 decision from Marion County (0-4) in the Lady Eagles’ first Knox County Softball Tournament contest. The Lady Eagles took advantage of a first inning error, clearing the bases for a 3-2 lead.
A pitch hit Lady Mustang leadoff batter Kayla Bridgman. Kayla Tuley stroked a one out hit putting two Marion County runners on base. Jenny Mitchell forced an error for the first Lady Mustang score. Melanie Thaden earned an RBI with a groundout.
Marion County loaded the bases with one out on a Jessie Mitchell walk. Knox County kept their deficit at two with a strikeout and a sure handed play by shortstop Hannah Dale for the final out.
Amanda Woods and Brittany Miller drew first inning walks for Knox County. Hannah Dale singled before Miller’s walk, loading the bases with one out. Lorrie Peters lofted a fly ball to left field. The ball was mishandled for an error allowing three runs to score.
Lorrie Peters made another play for Knox County when she picked Kayla Bridgman off third base from her catching position for the second out. The Lady Eagles extended their lead to 5-2 with a pair of third inning scores.
An error, a walk and Holly Kite’s one out hit set up Lorrie Peters for a two RBI base hit. Brittany Miller and the Lady Eagle defense retired nine consecutive batters from the third to the fifth inning. Knox County had runners on base during the fourth inning but failed to score.
The game ended by the 70 minute time limit and Knox County (3-2) claimed the 3-2 win. The Lady Eagles scored five times on four hits and two errors. Lorrie Peters was 1-2 with two RBI’s. Hannah Dale scored two Knox County runs. Kaley Sutton scored two runs as a courtesy runner for Knox County pitcher Brittany Miller.
Marion County scored two runs on one hit and two errors. Jordan Johnson struck out five batters while walking four in four innings pitched. All five Knox County runs were unearned. Brittany Miller struck out five batters in five innings walking one and one hit batsman.
“We are hitting the ball,” said Knox County coach Stephanie Crawford. “Brittany (Miller) is pitching really well right now. We are doing things right. All the hard work we have done is paying off. Lorrie Peters came up huge for us.”