By Jerry Fekete Banner Correspondent
April 25, 2014
MAN — The Scott High School softball team came to Man on Wednesday night and played with heavy hearts.
Just before getting on the the bus to make the trip to Man they learned that one of their classmates had been killed in a fatal automobile accident on U.S. 119 near Water Ways around 1 p.m. in Boone County.
The Lady Hawks went on to Man and defeated the Lady Billies 5-1 as Alley Brown tossed a one-hitter for the win.
The game was scoreless through four innings of play.
Man scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 1-0 lead, scoring an unearned run off Scott hurler Brown.
Hannah Harvey reached on a one-out error and later scored on another error after Hunter Harvey struck out and the ball got by the catcher and the throw went wildly to first base as Man led 1-0. It would prove to be the only run of the game by the Lady Billies.
Scott rallied in the top of the sixth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring four times to take the lead for good at 4-1.
Brown led off with a single and Man pitcher Madison Keffer then fanned Sami Duffy for the first out.
But then an error by shortstop Cari Blair allowed Brown to score to tie the game at 1-1.
Cassidy Allen then reached base before Malorie Stevenson stepped up and ripped an RBI double to give the Lady Hawks the lead for good at 2-1.
Kreston Kennedy then reached on yet another Man error and Merideth Howe then delivered an RBI single to make it 3-1. Scott then scored on an infield hit to take a 4-1 advantage. Keffer got Brown to pop up to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Blair reached on a one out walk but Brown retired Madison Keffer on a fly ball and then got Casey Albright to ground out to end the frame.
Scott added another insurance run in the top of the seventh inning of Keffer as Duffy hit the ball off the fence for a double and later scored on an RBI single by Kerston Kennedy for the 5-1 lead.
Brown then set the Lady Billies down in order to preserve the win. She fanned Emily Toler and Hanna Harvey and got Elizabeth Dickerson to fly out for the last out of the game.
Brown tossed a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Sidney Dangott led the Lady Hawks’ hitting attack with two hits while Stevenson and Duffy slammed doubles. Keffer suffered the loss on the hill for Man.
Man’s only hit was by Albright.
The Lady Billies fell to 10-11 with the loss.
Man was scheduled to play at Class A sectional foe Tug Valley on Thursday night. Man hosts Van on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and then hosts Wyoming East on Saturday at 1. The Lady Billies go to Logan on Monday and play at Charleston Catholic on April 30 in the regular season finale.