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Scott City softball team exacts revenge vs. St. Pius
Scott City downed St. Pius with a run in the bottom of the seventh
Alexis Spriggs had some words for Lyndsie Robert that would prove telling.
The Scott City High School softball teammates had a brief conversation during Wednesday's bottom of the seventh inning.
"I told her before she went up that if she got on, I'd get her in," said Spriggs, who added with a laugh: "Or at least I'd try my best." Spriggs' best was good enough. The junior delivered the game-winning hit as the host Rams edged St. Pius of Festus 2-1 in the season opener for both squads.
Robert, a freshman making her varsity debut, reached on an error after Scott City's leadoff batter in the bottom of the seventh was retired.
Robert then stole her third base of the game.
"I try," said Robert when asked whether she likes to make things happen with her impressive speed.
Up stepped Spriggs, who sent a hard ground ball to the right side.
Second baseman Kathryn Chamberlain made a diving attempt and got her glove on the ball, but it rolled a few feet away.
That's all the room Robert needed to come home with the game-ending run, sliding in just ahead of the throw.
"I was just thinking run, slide," Robert said.
Spriggs said the Rams were especially pleased to knock off St. Pius, which ended Scott City's 2010 season in the district tournament semifinals.
"After losing to them in districts, I really wanted to beat them," Spriggs said.
The season opener featured solid performances by both teams.
Scott City made several impressive defensive plays, which sophomore pitcher Becky Burger much appreciated.
"They really backed me up," Burger said.
Burger bested Holly Magre in a strong pitcher's duel. Both hurlers went the distance.
Burger allowed six hits and an unearned run while striking out two and walking one -- although she said she really didn't throw anything special.
"The corners weren't really working. It was basically down the middle," Burger said.
Scott City coach Amy Pobst said: "She had a good first game outing. She trusted her defense."
One of the Rams' key defensive plays came in the second inning and prevented at least one run.
After Magre singled and went to second on a ground out, she tried to score on a single to short right field by Alex Edwards.
Spriggs, Scott City's right fielder, fired a strike to the plate, where sophomore catcher Macy Hall put down a quick tag on Magre.
Also coming up with strong defensive plays were Robert in center field, senior third baseman Brittany Kiefer, senior second baseman Lindsay Kern and junior first baseman Julie Holder.
"We played well. We picked each other up," Pobst said.
St. Pius took the lead with an unearned run in the third inning, but the Rams answered in the bottom of the frame.
Junior shortstop Lyndsey Rendleman, a transfer from Bell City who also was solid in the field, led off with a single. She moved to third on two wild pitches and scored on an RBI ground out by Spriggs.
That's the way things stood until Robert and Spriggs combined to produce the winning run.
Spriggs, Kern and sophomore left fielder Shelby Rhymer all had two of Scott City's eight hits.
Magre struck out seven and walked one. She also led the Lancers offensively with two of their six hits.
WP -- Becky Burger. LP -- Holly Magre. Multiple hits -- St. Pius: Magre 2-2. Scott City: Lindsay Kern 2-2, Shelby Rhymer 2-3, Alexis Spriggs 2-4. Records -- St. Pius 0-1, Scott City 1-0.