Brookland-Cayce swept Class 3A softball and baseball district championship games at home on Wednesday.
The top-ranked Bearcats softball team (27-3) defeated Crestwood 4-0 to claim District 5 honors. This marks the ninth straight year B-C has secured a district title since 3A adopted the current playoff format in 2001.
Chandler Terrapin pitched a five-hit shutout with five strikeouts and one walk. B-C scored broke out the scoreless contest with two runs in the fifth inning and added two insurance markers in the sixth. Alexis Lucas drove in run one in the fifth with a two-out double and had a RBI single in the sixth.
The Bearcats open the Lower State tournament on Saturday (6 p.m.) at St. James.
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The baseball team edged Region 5 rival Dreher 3-2 to secure the District 6 championship. It was the fourth win of the season for B-C over the scrappy Blue Devils.
The baseball Bearcats have been nearly as playoff proficient as their softball counterparts over the last decade. The latest district title is the eighth in nine years for Brian Hucks’ program.
John Long, Garrett Williams and Chase Shelton shared pitching duty. Long emerged with the decision, Williams recorded a hold and Shelton picked up the save. Long pitched four innings of shutout ball, but was lifted after walking the first two Dreher hitters in the fifth inning. Willams got the final two outs, but not after hitting a batter with a pitch to load the bases and walking in a run to cut the B-C lead to 2-1. Shelton worked the final two inning and wiggled out of a jam in the seventh inning (one unearned run in and runner on first) with a punch-out for the final out.
Williams had an RBI single in the second inning to make it 2-0 and drove in Tanner Petrey with what proved be the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Shelton drove in B-C’s first run on a ground out that allowed Kenyata Castleberry in the first inning. Castleberry reached base on an error and moved to third by way of two steals.
The Bearcats (23-5) open the Lower State tournament on Saturday at home against Lake City with a start time of 6 p.m.