For the second year in a row, Brookland-Cayce swept the defending state champion out of the Class 3A softball playoffs by coming out of the loser’s bracket to wins both ends of a district championship doubleheader on the champs’ home turf.
Last season it was St. James. Last night it was Darlington. The Bearcats dethroned the Falcons with back-to-back 4-2 wins on Wednesday to claim the District VI title and secure a Lower State championship tournament berth for the eighth time in nine tries since the classification went to a district playoff format in 2001.
Pitcher Chandler Terrapin was the key, winning both games of the twin bill. The freshman right-hander fired a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks in the opener, and then scattered eight hits while fanning 11 and walking three in the clincher.
B-C stayed alive by winning a nine-inning thriller in the first game. Seventh-grader Brooke Lucas, called up from the junior varsity team late in the season, ripped a decisive two-out, two-run double. Terrapin and Alex White belted solo home runs in the first inning to get the Bearcats off on the right foot.
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The Bearcats score two runs in the first inning of the nightcap, courtesy of a RBI single by Ashlyn Hicks and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Casey Corbitt. B-C posted two decisive runs in the fourth. Terrapin drove in what proved to be the winning run with a double to plate Caroline Reid, another seventh-grader up from the jayvees. Then, a Darlington error allowed Lucas to come in with an insurance run.
It was a sweet victory for the Bearcats, for a number of reasons. The sweep gave Richard Lundy 499 wins at the B-C helm since 1989. The Bearcats and Falcons have a little history, as well. Darlington eliminated B-C in the LS bracket last season, and pulled off back-to-back 1-0 wins on the Bearcats’ old field in the LS finals in 2006 after B-C had eked out a first-round win over the Falcons.
B-C will play at Georgetown on the road in the first round of the Lower State tournament on Saturday.