Brookland-Cayce travels to Graniteville tonight to take on Midland Valley in a clash of the top two ranked softball teams in Class 3A. The Region 5-3A championship is hanging in the balance.
Richard Lundy’s second-ranked Bearcats (17-3, 6-1) have split two outings so far with the No. 1 Mustangs (19-3, 8-0). B-C beat Midland Valley 3-0 in the recent Triple Crown tournament championship game in Aiken, but would gladly have swapped that win for a region conquest of MV. The Mustangs topped B-C 1-0 in the first region encounter on March 24.
“To have a chance to win the region we have to first take care of business tonight,” said Bearcats coach Richard Lundy. “Midland Valley is a very good team. They have good pitching, play good defense, have a lot of speed and put the ball in play. In a game like this, there is no room for error.”
Last season, the Bearcats and Mustangs shared the region pennant, but Midland Valley won a tie-breaking game to nab the No. 1 playoff seed. Both teams won district playoff titles to advance to the Lower State championship tournament.
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Brookland-Cayce will send Chandler Terrapin to the circle against Midland Valley for the third time this season. The freshman ace is 13-3 with a 0.32 ERA to date. The Bearcats will need to get the bats going against MV southpaw Amber Holley, who limited B-C to four hits in the first region encounter.
Alex White, Terrapin, Ashlyn Hicks, Marquitta Wilson and Casey Corbitt are B-C’s top hitters. White is hitting .563 with 19 runs, 26 RBIs, five doubles, three triples and fine home runs. Terrapin is batting .412 in the leadoff spot in the order. Hicks is hitting .368 with 18 runs and eight RBIs. Wilson, who slugged her first home ron of the season on Wednesday in a 9-0 win over South Aiken, is batting .315 with 17 runs and nine RBIs. Corbitt is hitting .290 and is second on the team with 14 RBIs.