Brookland-Cayce presented veteran coach Richard Lundy with his 500th career win and earned itself another shot at Region 5-3A archrival Midland Valley in the Class 3A Lower State softball championship tournament by opening the Elite Eight phase of the playoffs with a 4-1 win Saturday at Georgetown.
Lundy took over the program in 1989.
The Bearcats (25-7) travel to face the Mustangs (27-3) in Graniteville on Monday. Midland Valley opened the LS tournament with a 5-0 win Saturday at home against St. James.
B-C got the bats going in a big way against the Bulldogs, posting 14 safeties. Still, the Bearcats left 12 runners on base – a problem that has plagued the team in big games for most of the season. Midland Valley, for instance, handed B-C two 1-0 setbacks during the region campaign. The Bearcats defeated the Mustangs 3-0 in the championship game of the Triple Crown tournament in Aiken.
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Chandler Terrapin had a big game in the Lower State opener. The freshman right-hander won her 20th game of the season by tossing a four-hitter with six strikeouts, and led the B-C attack by going 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI at the plate.
Alex White, Casey Corbitt and seventh-graders Brooke Lucas and Carolina Reid all had two hits in the game.
B-C opened the scoring with one run in the top of second inning, courtesy of consecutive singles by Corbitt, Reid and Lucas. Corbitt followed with a double in the third to plate courtesy runner Asia Benn with what proved to be the game-winning run. Terrapin drove in Lucas with an insurance run in the fourth.
Monday’s winner advances to the LS championship game on Friday. The loser will face either St. James or Georgetown in an elimination game on Wednesday.