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Lady Eagles Win First Conference Contest
By David Sharp
Myra Parrish banged out four hits in five tries with two runs scored and four driven in, leading Knox County (4-1, 1-0 in the conference) to an 11-0 Tri-Rivers Conference softball victory at Milan. Brittany Miller (4-1) hurled a one hit KCHS shutout with ten strikeouts and no walks.
Myra Parrish stroked a one out single in the top half of inning one. Amanda Woods and Brittany Miller forced Milan errors allowing the Lady Eagles to take a one run lead after an inning of softball.
KCHS catcher Lorrie Peters caught a Milan runner attempting to steal second base for the second out of the first frame.
Kathleen Hinkle drew a one out walk from Lady Wildcat pitcher Hillary Doak, Hannah Dale put Knox County up by a two run margin with an RBI single. Brittany Miller fanned the side in order during the bottom of the second inning.
Blaine White broke up Brittany Miller’s no hit bid with a one out third inning Milan base hit. White stole second base but was stranded. Knox County held a 2-0 lead after three innings.
Myra Parrish doubled with one down in the Knox County fourth inning. Amanda Woods reached on another Milan error. Kaley Sutton plated Parrish and Woods with a two out, two run double.
Lorrie Peters put the ball in play pushing Sutton home on an error for a 5-0 lead. Stacey Leckbee plated Peters for a 6-0 Lady Eagle lead. Peters erased another KCHS error, throwing out a runner trying to steal third base for the second out of the Lady Wildcat fourth.
Hannah Dale doubled with one out in the KC fifth inning. Myra Parrish cashed in the chance with an RBI base hit. Amanda Woods followed with a single. Brittany Miller drew a two out walk loading the bases. Hillary Doak induced a ground ball to shortstop for the third out, leaving the bases full of Lady Eagles.
Knox County held a 7-0 advantage after five innings of play. Katie Ausmus lit the fuse for a two out rally with a sixth inning double. Hannah Dale walked followed by Myra Parrish popping a two RBI hit for a 9-0 lead.
Knox County tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning. Hannah Dale highlighted the rally with an RBI hit. The Lady Wildcats threw out a runner at home plate for the final out of the KC seventh.
A pair of seventh inning errors put Lady Wildcat runners on first and third base with two down. Brittany Miller struck out her tenth batter of the contest for the final out.
Knox County scored 11 runs on 15 hits and four errors. Brittany Miller was the winning hurler, facing 26 batters in seven innings pitched.
Hannah Dale went 3-5 at bat with two runs scored and two batted in. Kaley Sutton had a hit, scored a run and drove in two more. Hannah Dale, Myra Parrish, Lorrie Peters and Kathleen Hinkle scored two runs each.
The Lady Eagles host Brookfield, and Scotland County in Tri-Rivers Conference play before traveling to North Shelby for a key conference match up on September 18. Knox County hosts Brashear on Saturday, September 20 in a rescheduled contest.
“We played well, said Lady Eagle coach Stephanie Crawford. “We tried to use this game to work on some things. Some of us did well, and others have a way to go. We played great defense up until the seventh inning.”
“Against a better team, it might have hurt us,” said Crawford of the rebuilding Lady Wildcats. “We had three girls hit the ball off the left field fence, inches away from a home run. Their strength is starting to show. Being in the weight room and their desire to get better is showing.”