"We started out a little bit flat, but finally turned it on towards the end," Scott City coach Amy Pobst said. "It was nice to do it and do it a little bit earlier in the game this time around. We didn't wait until the seventh and do it then."
Trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Rams opened up their half of the frame with a quick pop up before back-to-back hits put runners on first and second.
Batting cleanup, Alexis Spriggs hit a drive to right centerfield, scoring the first run of the inning before Scott City loaded the bases in the next at bat.
From that point on, six of the next seven batters drove in a a run with Lindsay Kern capping the rally with a bases-loaded blooper to shallow right field that scored a pair of runs that put Scott City up 9-6.
"I think we got a fire in us finally," Scott City's Macy Hall said of the rally. "We do that. At the end of the game we just get a fire in us and we somehow pull through."
Unable to produce a run in the sixth, the Lady Hawks came up in the top of the seventh and got a double from Samantha Ratledge before Marissa Menz scored her with a single to close Kelly to within two.
With the tying run at the plate and a runner on second, however, a ground out and pop up, both to the shortstop, ended the game.
"Sometimes it does you good to lose a game and hopefully this is the one that will be a good wake up," Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge said. "I hate for this one to be the wake up call against a district contender like Scott City, but sometimes you have to have those."
Before the Lady Rams' fateful fifth inning rally, the Lady Hawks had taken the lead scoring in three straight frames. Down 1-0 in the top of the third, Kelly opened up a three-run rally with a base hit from Emily Grojean.
Bringing home Grojean, Jade Rampley hit a grounder up the third base side before scoring from third herself on an infield single by Kristy Brucker.
Giving Kelly a 3-1 advantage, Brucker then came around to third before crossing the plate on a passed ball.
Putting the Lady Hawks up 5-1, Jessica Worth and Emily Grojean both reached before scoring on a fielder's choice and passed ball respectively in the fourth. The next inning Worth singles up the middle to bring a runner home from third, giving Kelly a 6-1 lead.
"We put the ball in play and the girls hit," Ratledge said. "(Scott City) just had that one streak where they were hitting and hitting (in the fifth) and your pitcher can't stay in that same mode. She has to change something and they didn't move around."
With three hits on the contest, Samatha Ratledge led a 12-hit performance by the Lady Hawks. She reached in all four of her plate appearances, collecting a pair of doubles and scoring twice in the process. Grojean, Sydney Vinyard and Brucker had two hits each.
With 16 hits on the game, Scott City was led by Hall, who went 4 for 4, including a double and run scored. Lyndsie Robert, Lindsay Kern, Alexis Spriggs and Shelby Rhymer had two hits each.
Scott City (5-3) will host Fredericktown today at 4:30 p.m. while Kelly (6-2) will travel to Sikeston to play the Lady Bulldogs today at 4 p.m.