Brookland-Cayce softball coach Richard Lundy had a feeling that Tuesday night’s Region 5-3A first-place showdown was going to be a tight, low-scoring affair.
“I told the girls that it was probably going to be a 1-0 game,” said the Bearcats veteran mentor.
It was. Midland Valley got the only run of the pitcher-dominated game in the top of the third inning to assume sole possession of first place in the first meeting this season between the traditional softball powers. Both teams finished with four hits and stranded six runners on base. The difference was MV made the most of its few successes against B-C freshman right-hander Chandler Terrapin.
“We played three very close games last season, so I figured this was going to be very similar,” said Lundy, whose team dropped to 8-2 overall, 2-1 in region play.
The Bearcats wasted a great chance to jump on Mustangs southpaw Amber Holley in the first inning when Terrapin lead off the inning with a walk, followed by a MV error on a grounder off the bat of M.C. Smith. But Holley eventually escaped without damage, jamming big Bearcats sticks Ashlyn Hicks and Alex White for easy outs, and ending the inning on a foul pop after Marquitta Wilson lined a two-out single to right field to load the bases.
“(Holley) jammed us all night with inside pitches, and we never made an adjustment,” said Lundy.
The only other good B-C scoring chance came in the fourth when Wilson and shortstop Casey Corbitt stroked one-out singles. Holley, however, induced two more pop outs in the infield to quell the threat. The Bearcats had just one more hitter reach base the rest of the way.
Holley finished with three strikeouts and just the one walk.
Terrapin fanned nine and walked two, but made one mistake that proved costly – serving up a triple off the fence in left center field by Haley Zuelke that scored Haley Justice with the only run of the game in the third inning.