Lady Scots split four softball games
By ROB HAMILTON
Highland’s week in softball got off to a slow start when they dropped an 11–0 decision to Jonathan Alder last Monday.
The Pioneers won the game in five innings, as they scored four in the first, three in the third and four more in the fifth to finish the contest.
Cassie Brown struck out three and walked one in suffering the loss. The Scots finished with four singles in the game.
The Scots rebounded the next night to edge Pleasant by a 9–7 count in 10 innings.
Highland led 6–3 after four frames, but the Spartans scored once in the fifth and three times in the sixth to move in front.
The Scots were able to score once in the top of the seventh, though, to send the game to extra innings. Then, in the 10th, they added two more runs to win the road game.
Shayla Pierce struck out six and walked one to pick up the win for Highland. The team survived seven errors thanks to cracking 16 hits in the contest.
The biggest of those knocks was a two-run homer by Kenzi Rhodes in the 10th inning to provide the winning runs. Rhodes, along with Brown, Katie Johnson and Hailey Moore, had multiple hits in the game for Highland.
Brown, Jessie Stewart, Johnson and Moore all had doubles in the contest; while Raychel Shaffer contributed a triple.
On Wednesday, a pair of four-run innings doomed the Scots at home against River Valley. The Vikings had big innings in the second and third, as they took an 8–4 win over Highland.
Pierce suffered the loss, walking two batters in the game. Highland was held to three hits, including a two-run home run by Stewart and a double by Pierce.
On Friday, the Scots recovered to top Northmor 4–3 in eight innings. The Knights took a 2–0 lead in the fifth inning, but the Scots tied the game in the sixth.
Highland then scored twice in the top of the eighth inning. While Northmor tallied a run in the bottom of the inning, the Scots would hold on to win.
Pierce struck out 10 and walked three. Of Highland’s four hits in the contest, one was a two-run home run in the sixth inning by Moore and another was a double by Brown. Johnson added two singles.
For the Knights, Whitney Clever suffered the loss, striking out four and walking one. Northmor finished with five hits in the contest.