Brashear Rallies For Softball Slugfest Win
By David Sharp
Brashear started off their 2008 high school softball season with eight runs in an error filled first game of the season at Scotland County (0-2). The home standing Lady Tigers came back and took a 15-11 lead going into the seventh.
Tabitha Killen slammed a two out seventh inning RBI double capping a five run rally for a 16-15 victory. Macy Rogers picked up the win in relief. Rogers fanned 10 Scotland County batters in five innings in her first pitching appearance of her high school softball career.
Abby McKim drew an RBI walk for the first Brashear run of the season. Katie Watson and Tabitha Killen followed with RBI singles. Killen had four runs batted in and went 2-5 with a run scored on the day.
Kirsten Love had an RBI hit off Scotland County starter Kaitlin Caldwell. Cierra Hines belted a two RBI double for the eight run lead. Brashear sent 14 batters to the plate in the opening inning.
Scotland County sophomore Skyler Alderton greeted starting pitcher Cierra Hines with a line drive leadoff triple. Kelly Lister, Jessica Sites and Kaitlin Caldwell had hits in a three run five hit Scotland County first inning. Brashear held an 8-3 advantage after one inning of play.
Kaitlin Caldwell settled down and recorded two strikeouts in the BHS second inning. Cierra Hines fanned a batter for the first out of the Scotland County second inning.
Hard hits from Skyler Alderton, Elizabeth Small and all Tri-Rivers Conference senior Deidra Dochterman and an outfield error led to three Scotland County runs. Scotland County trimmed the Brashear lead to 8-5 after two innings. The last two batters of the SC second were struck out with Kelly Lister on third base.
Four consecutive walks staring off the Scotland County third inning led to four runs and a 10-8 home team lead after three frames. Valerie Oldham had a key third inning double.
Katie Watson stroked a double, moving Abby McKim to third base starting off a three run Brashear fourth inning. The Lady Tigers batted around in the fourth frame. Tabitha Killen had a key two RBI double.
Two walks and an error helped the home team score two times in their fifth inning. Jessica Sites had a Scotland County hit. Macy Rogers struck out a red hot Skyler Alderton with the bases loaded ending the fifth. Scotland County took the lead by a 12-11 margin after five innings.
Elizabeth Small doubled leading off the Scotland County sixth inning. Tabitha Killen started a 9-6-5 relay play cutting down the runner at third base for the first out. Deidra Dochterman followed with a base hit.
Two walks and a Valerie Oldham double set up a three run Scotland County sixth inning. Macy Rogers fanned her second batter of the inning, retiring the side with Scotland County holding a 15-11 edge.
A pitch hit leadoff batter Emily Ladwig in the Brashear seventh inning. Cierra Hines belted her fourth hit of the day, plating Ladwig for a 15-12 deficit.
Macy Rogers was hit by a pitch followed by two out walks to Abby McKim and Katie Watson loading the bases. Tabitha Killen’s two out bases clearing RBI double put Brashear up by a 16-15 score.
Macy Rogers set the side down in order in the seventh inning, preserving the 16-15 win. Scotland County scored 11 runs on 13 hits. Skyler Alderton scored three runs and went 2-4 at bat with a walk. Deidra Dochterman was 3-4 at bat with a walk and four runs scored.
Elizabeth Small, Valerie Oldham and Jessica Sites had two Scotland County hits each.
Brashear batters drew 12 unofficial walks during the contest. Cierra Hines was 4-5 at the plate with three runs scored and three batted in for Brashear. Katie Watson went 2-4 at bat with three runs scored and another driven in.
Tabitha Killen was 2-5 at the dish with a run scored and four RBI’s on the day. “We came out and scored eight runs,” said Brashear coach Breanne Cameron who picked up her first head softball coaching victory.
“They came out and scored several runs on us. We need our players to make plays in the field and keep them behind us. Both teams walked a lot of people. It was good to get the win,” said Coach Cameron.
Brashear (1-0) scored 16 runs on ten hits. Scotland County scored 15 runs on 13 hits.