Knox County Backs Up No Hit Pitching For Win
By David Sharp
Lorrie Peters slammed a key two RBI double during a four run Knox County third inning that was the offensive difference in a 4-0 Tri-Rivers Conference softball win at Brookfield.
Heavy rains over the preceding weekend inundated the Knox County softball field for the September 15 contest. The game was moved to Brookfield in order to get the Tri-Rivers Conference game played.
“We have had five games rained out so far. We were going to do whatever it took to get that game in,” said KCHS head softball coach and athletic director Stephanie Crawford.
KCHS junior Brittany Miller (5-1) rose to the occasion pitching her second no hit game of the season with 13 strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Miller carried a perfect game into the seventh inning.
It’s hard to go on the road for a tough conference game to Brookfield and get prepared for that on a whim,” commented Coach Crawford. “I thought the girls came out and played really well considering the change of venue and short notice to get that game in.”
Knox County (5-1, 2-0) was the home team on the York Field score board. Brittany Miller fanned the first three batters she faced and four of the next six. The Lady Eagles handled four ground balls flawlessly,
followed by two more strikeouts capping the first four innings.
Kathleen Hinkle led off the KCHS third inning with a base hit. Hannah Dale slammed a one out double putting Lady Eagles on second and third base with one down.
Amanda Woods forced an error scoring Hinkle with the first KCHS run. Kaley Sutton and Brittany Miller reached base on fielder’s choices. Myra Parrish walked but was thrown out at home for the second out. Lorrie Peters blasted her critical two RBI double.
Knox County stranded two runners in the third inning but led 4-0 after three frames. Brookfield freshman hurler Paige Dressler and reliever Katie Booth allowed no hits and one walk the rest of the contest.
The drama escalated for those who knew what was going on when Brookfield stood in for their seventh inning. Abby York flew out to Amanda Woods for the first out. Alyssa Elson broke up the perfect game with a hit batsman.
First team all conference pick Ashlie Teter drew a walk putting Lady Bulldogs on first and second base. Brittany Miller fanned cleanup batter Beth Knowles for the second out.
The next batter drew Brookfield’s third base on balls of the night, loading the bases with two down. First baseman Ashlyn Cupp carried the potential tying run to the plate. Brittany Miller got out of the jam with another strikeout, preserving the 4-0 Knox County win.
The Lady Eagles scored four times on three third inning hits and no errors. Paige Dressler struck out four batters with two walks and took the loss. “We had a lot of big hits in the third inning,” said Coach Crawford. “We capitalized on some errors and put the ball in play. The four runs we scored in that inning were the difference in the ball game.”