LAURINBURG — The Lady Scots softball team suffered its first blow-out loss of the season on Tuesday. A trip to Cape Fear resulted in a 12-0 five-inning loss for the Lady Scots.
It was three batters up and three down for the Lady Scots in the first two innings before they could put a runner on base. A walk to McKenzie Wilkerson after a ground out by Bree Steele got the Lady Scots a base runner, but the Lady Scots time on offense was short lived. A strikeout by Nakiya Locklear and a ground out by Macie Gibson put the Lady Scots back in the field.
It only took Cape Fear one inning to size up Lady Scots pitcher Sarah McCall and start smacking the ball around the diamond. The Lady Colts scored six runs in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead, which they built on in the third inning with two more runs followed by four additional runs in the four inning.
The 12 runs scored by Cape Fear which triggered the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 10-run rule. More commonly known as a mercy rule, the NCHSAA softball rules state that if at any point a team is losing by 10 or more runs the game will either end immediately or at the conclusion of the fifth inning.
In an out of character showing for the Lady Scots junior McCall allowed 12 runs off 10 hits with a home run, one walk and a strikeout. The one-run home run came near the end of the second inning off the bat of Cape Fear’s first baseman Alyssa Goshorn.
The Lady Scots threatened to score in the third inning after singles from Katie Lighthall and Jordan Danford and a double from Jenna Byrd loaded the bases with one out. Lighthall was tagged out at third on the double by Byrd and Maggie Laviner hit into a force out at first base.
The Lady Scots move to 2-2 on the season and Cape Fear moves to 3-0.
The team has the next nine days off before they host Southern Lee on March 17 at 7 p.m.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.