Scotland County Pounds Out Conference Win Over Eagles
By David Sharp
Scotland County evened their season record with Knox County, scoring seven runs in the first inning of a September 11 Tri-Rivers Conference softball match up and went on to a 14-3 win. The Lady Tigers (3-7, 1-1) got home runs from Deidra Dochterman and Kelly Lister during the first two innings of the five inning affair.
Melissa Cotton followed all conference infielder Deidra Dochterman’s homer with a two run double, highlighting the seven run six hit first inning. Lorrie Peters recorded Knox County’s first hit in the second inning but was stranded on second base.
Scotland County took up where they left off at the plate during a six run second inning. Knox County’s coaching staff changed pitchers bringing freshman Hannah Dale to the mound. Brittany Miller had one strikeout in an inning and a third. Miller allowed eight runs (four earned) on eight hits with no walks.
Four Knox County fielding errors contributed to the Lady Eagles’ first conference loss of the season. Hannah Dale struck out two batters in two and two thirds innings pitched.
The Lady Tigers pounded out six runs on five hits during their second inning. Valerie Oldham, Melissa Cotton and Skyler Alderton had RBI hits during the Lady Tiger second inning.
Knox County got up off the canvas and scored three runs in the third inning. Jordin Luthenauer drew a leadoff walk from Scotland County pitcher Kelly Lister. Chelsea Bisch followed with another base on balls.
Myra Parrish reached on a fielder’s choice. Hannah Dale drove in the first KCHS run with a base hit. Brittany Miller singled in two Knox County runs. Lorrie Peters reached on a fielder’s choice and Amanda Woods singled. Knox County stranded runners on first and second base, trimming the deficit to 12-3.
Kelly Lister homered with two out in the Scotland County third inning. Andrea Shelley singled in the fourth and later scored on a wild pitch rounding out scoring. Hannah Dale and Brittany Miller drew one out walks in the KCHS fifth inning, but the Lady Eagles could not extend the contest.
Scotland County had 14 runs on 12 hits. Kelly Lister stuck out six batters in five innings pitched for the victory. The lower portion of the Scotland County order made their presence felt. Andrea Shelley had two hits, scored three times and had a Lady Tiger RBI. Melissa Cotton was 2-3 with two runs scored and three batted in. Valerie Oldham was 2-3 with a pair of runs scored. Skyler Alderton went 2-3 with a triple and an RBI.
Knox County (6-5, 2-1) scored three times on for hits. Brittany Miller had two RBI’s. Four different KCHS players had a hit each. “I told the girls that if you had been beaten 7-0 by a team, you would be out to beat (them),” said Knox County coach Stephanie Crawford.
“I don’t know if we were emotionally drained by playing nine innings the night before, but we just didn’t have it,” said Coach Crawford. “It was game one vs. Canton all over again. (Scotland County) hit the ball a lot better than they did the last time we faced them. They were a different team this time.”