Knox County Eagles Win Summer Softball Match With Brashear Tigers

Knox County Eagles Win Summer Softball Match With Brashear Tigers

By David Sharp

   Knox County cashed
in offensive opportunities, pushing five runs across the plate as the result of
Brashear errors during a 9-0 Lady Eagle victory. The June 12, 2009 NEMO League
softball contest was played at Pauline Campbell Field in Edina.

   Rachel Poston
fanned ten Lady Tiger batters en route to a seven inning four hit complete game
shutout. Devin Gudehus had two hits and a pair of Knox County runs scored.
Chloe Sykes belted two line drive singles for Willow Bend of Brashear.

    Brashear (2-2)
batters put the ball in play. Knox County (5-2) defenders made solid routine
plays, keeping Lady Tiger runners off the base paths. Devin Gudehus reached
Brashear starter Kristen Love for a two out double in the bottom of the first
inning.

   Two errors helped
Gudehus score the first KC run. Kristen Love pitched three innings for Brashear
striking out four Knox County batters. Love played a day after being medically
released from laser surgery to correct an appendix problem according to Lady
Tiger coach Robert Elsea.

    Katie Smith drew
a one out walk from KCHS hurler Rachel Poston in the Brashear second inning.
Devin Gudehus snared a well hit ball of the bat of Brashear shortstop Kayla
Snelling. The Knox County shortstop stepped on second and fired to first for an
apparent double play.

   Lady Eagle first
baseman Sarah Dooley made an equally good play digging the low throw out of the
dirt. On appeal, the home plate umpire ruled the throw pulled Dooley off the
bag. The next batter fanned to end the inning with no scoring.

   Lorrie Peters led
off the Knox County second inning with a double. Kristen Love responded by
striking out the next batter. Hannah Strange reached on a dropped third strike.
The throw sailed over first baseman Stephanie Elsea for an error. Lorrie Peters
had moved up to third base on a wild pitch and scored the second KCHS run on
the play.

   Sarah Dooley put
the ball in play and was rewarded with an RBI when Hannah Strange scored on the
second out of inning two for a 3-0 Lady Eagle lead. MacKenzie Hustead walked
and stole second base with two out. Kristen Love ended the inning with a
strikeout.

   Brashear mounted a
threat in their third inning. Chloe Sykes led off the inning with a base hit.
Sarah Dooley tagged the runner out when she rounded the base too far for the
first out. The next batter fanned for the second out of the third inning.

   Kristen Love drew
a two out walk. Stephanie Elsea followed with a Brashear hit. Rachel Poston
induced returning all region catcher Abby McKim to ground out ending the inning
with no runs scored.

   Knox County put
four runs on the board during their third inning. Devin Gudehus led off the
inning with her second straight hit. Bailey Couch tripled Gudehus home from
first base for a 4-0 edge.

   Rachel Poston
stroked an RBI single after Kathleen Hinkle drew a walk. BHS second baseman
Katie Smith robbed Lorrie Peters of an RBI hit with a good catch for out number
one.

    Hannah Strange
put the ball in play, resulting in a two run error. Abby McKim threw Strange
out attempting to steal for the second out. Kayla Snelling made a good play on
the tag.

   Kristen Love
struck out a batter to end the inning. Love pitched three innings of five hit
ball with four strikeouts and two earned runs. Knox County led 7-0 after three
innings of play.

   Kayla Snelling
finished the game on the mound for Brashear. The incoming freshman was
impressive in her first inning of work, shutting Knox County down in order.

   Rachel Poston got
better for Knox County (5-2) as the game progressed. Poston struck out the
first two Brashear batters in the fifth inning. Chloe Sykes ripped a line drive
hit to left field with two down. Poston struck out the next batter to retire
the side.

   Kayla Snelling got
the first two Lady Eagles in order during the KC fifth. Kathleen Hinkle singled
with two out. Rachel Poston walked. Lorrie Peters took a pitch off her left
elbow, loading the bases. Hannah Strange drew an RBI walk putting Knox County
up by an 8-0 margin.

    Stephanie Elsea
took the ball off Kaley Sutton’s bat to retire the side. Knox County stranded
the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings. The Lady Eagles left nine
total runners on base.

    Kristen Love
reached on an error leading off the Brashear sixth inning. Knox County made
three straight solid defensive plays to keep the runner on first base.

   Sarah Dooley led
off the KC sixth inning by drawing a walk. Dooley eventually scored when
Kathleen Hinkle forced an infield error. Returning all Tri-Rivers conference
third baseman Myra Parrish stroked a one out single during the inning.

   Bailey Couch drew
a sixth inning walk. Couch reached base during three of her four plate
appearances with a triple and a run scored as well as a run batted in.

   Ashley Watson
belted a leadoff double with Brashear trailing 9-0 entering the top of the
seventh inning. Rachel Poston struck out the next three batters in order,
sealing the 9-0 Knox County victory.

   Brashear was
blanked on four hits with four unofficial errors. The Lady Tigers stranded
seven runners. Kristen Love took the defeat on the hill. Kayla Snelling struck
out four batters in three innings pitched for Brashear. One of the two Knox
County runs scored in the fifth and sixth innings was earned.

    Knox County
scored nine times on seven hits and two errors. Devin Gudehus went 2-4 with a
pair of Knox County runs scored.  Six
different Knox County batters had at least one hit for KCHS coach Lance McMahon
in a balanced team effort. Kathleen Hinkle reached base during all four plate
appearances and scored two Knox County runs. Seven different Lady Eagles
scored.

   The
Lady Eagles and Tigers have a rematch scheduled at Brashear on Friday, June 19
at 7:30PM.

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