In a weekend non-conference game played on Saturday against the Vinton County Lady Vikings, the McClain Lady Tigers earned a victory, defeating the hosts, 5-3 to get back into the win column.

For MHS, they scored two runs in the first, one in the fifth and two more in the top of the seventh to return to Highland County with the victory. Also in the road game, starting pitcher Abby Shrout didn’t allow any earned runs.

As for the Lady Vikings, they scored their runs with one in the second, one in the fourth and one run in the fifth.



Shrout pitched all seven innings, allowing three runs, all unearned, on two hits and three walks. She faced 22 batters, finishing with three strikeouts.

"Abby, once again, pitched a great game for us and was in control most all of the game,” MHS head coach Ed Bolender said. “That's two really good outings back-to-back for Abby. This was a quality win against a good team.”

Offensively, the Lady Tigers totaled seven hits, with Allison Beatty and Brooklyn Rickman each collecting two hits. Beatty was 2-for-4 with one run, one steal and one RBI. Rickman finished 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.

The first two batters of the top of the first inning, Kendall Pollard and Beatty for MHS, each scored runs to start the game. Pollard led off with a walk, and Beatty reached the bases with a single. Later in the inning, with two outs, Chantel Landrum doubled to knock in one of the two runners as MHS left the top of the first with a two-run lead.

Rickman scored a run in the top of the fifth inning, initially reaching the bases with a single. She scored on a RBI single from Pollard. In the top of the seventh, Liz Kegley and Rickman each scored runs with Rickman batting in Kegley, and with two outs Beatty batting in Rickman.

Also for the Lady Tigers, with one hit each were Pollard, Kaylee Stevenson and Landrum. Beckley Smith finished with a sacrifice, as did Pollard, and drawing walks were Pollard and Kegley.

"It was just a overall good day for the program with our win and the JV team getting a win in game two 13-0,” Bolender said. “We just need to carry this over into a big week this upcoming week as Monday we host Washington, Tuesday we host East Clinton and Wednesday we go to Hillsboro. Next Saturday, we finish the week off with a home doubleheader against Huntington.”