Knox County Rolls Past Milan In Katz League Softball
By David Sharp
Lorrie Peters and Bailey Couch drove in three runs each while Rachel Poston pitched a six hit shutout in June 18, 2009 Kirksville Katz league softball action. Knox County (4-2) was able to contain a hard-hitting Milan 16 year old team for a 18-0, four inning victory.
The Lady Eagles scored twice in the first inning. Milan made a good defensive play to stop Bobi Jo Goodrich from scoring the first run of the game.
Goodrich was tagged out at home plate after the softball sailed past the catcher. The Knox County senior outfielder had to leave the game with a foot injury.
Bailey Couch raced home safely on a wild pitch for the first Lady Eagle run. Rachel Poston drove home the second KCHS run with a grounder to short for the second out and a 2-0 lead. Milan pitcher Savanah Taylor ended the inning with a strikeout.
Milan was plagued with walks and wild pitches throughout the contest. Six Knox County runs crossed the dish on bases loaded walks. Lorrie Peters drew a bases loaded RBI walk and Bailey Couch scored on a wild pitch for a 4-0 Knox County lead after two innings of play.
Knox County loaded the bases with none out in the third inning. Kiley Doak came in to pitch for Milan. Katie Ausmus earned an RBI with a walk. Bailey Couch smacked a two RBI double.
Milan took a hit away from Hannah Dale with a good fielding play and a 5-3 put out. Katie Ausmus scored the seventh KC run on a wild pitch. Lorrie Peters drilled a two RBI double. Peters scored from third on an errant throw unofficially.
The play could be called a three run homer, with the result being the same ten run Knox County lead.
Stacey Leckbee and Mackenzie Hustead drilled RBI singles for a 12-0 score. Mackenzie Hustead, Katie Ausmus, Bailey Couch and Kaley Sutton drew RBI bases on balls. Brittany Miller looped an RBI single for an 18-0 Knox County lead after three and a half innings.
Milan lashed two hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Knox County had to make plays in the field defending a tough upper half of the Milan lineup.
Milan put runners on first and third base with two out in their fourth inning. Hannah Dale picked up a sharply hit ball up the middle and touched the bag for the final out.
Knox County scored 18 runs on seven hits. Milan was blanked on six hits. Lorrie Peters and Bailey Couch scored three KC runs and drove in three more each. Mackenzie Hustead and Katie Ausmus had two RBI’s each.
Rachel Poston and Lorrie Peters had two Knox County hits each. Poston struck out five batters in four innings pitched, earning the complete game victory.
“Milan’s girls came out and made contact. They hit the ball well tonight,” said Knox County coach Stephanie Crawford. “That’s the hardest Rachel (Poston) has been hit all summer. Rachel has been dominant to this point in the summer. Milan has got some promising kids coming up. They hit the ball well in junior high ball last fall.”
“We obviously have high expectations for this group of kids coming up,” said Crawford of the Lady Eagles. Knox County blanked Schuyler County ace Alyssa Greenstreet and her Nelson Electric team by a 16-0 three inning margin in the first game of the evening.
The Schuyler County based team had several varsity starters on the field. “Most of the returning girls are three or four year starters,” said Coach Crawford of a deep and talent laden Knox County High School softball program.
“It puts us in a nice position to bring these junior high girls up and mix them in with the (returning) high school players.”