Brookland-Cayce seniors Alex White and Ashlyn Hicks underscored the vital element of leadership on Monday night at The Back Forty.
The Class 3A top-ranked Bearcats, still ruminating about an error-marred 4-2 loss to St. James in the first round of the Upper State softball tournament on Saturday, were in grave danger of being eliminated by a scrappy Georgetown team in front of a home crowd.
Enter Hicks and White in the bottom of the fifth inning with B-C trailing the Bulldogs 3-2. Hicks drilled a two-out single up the middle and White, a veteran of six postseason campaigns as a varsity starter, followed with a booming home run to dead center field for a 4-3 lead. Pitcher Chandler Terrapin took it from there.
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“I came up looking for the meat, and I got it,” said White. “When I got back to the dugout I told the rest of the team that we got the lead and we were going to hold it.”
B-C (28-4) will travel to face either Darlington or St. James in the consolation final on Wednesday. The Wednesday survivor moves on to Friday’s championship round needing two wins to claim Lower State honors and move on to next week’s best-of-three state championship series.
The Bearcats, of course, have been down this path before. Last season, B-C had to come back through the loser’s bracket to claim District and Lower State titles.
“Yes, we done all this before, but let me tell you it’s not the way you want to go,” said veteran Bearcats coach Richard Lundy.
“Alex’s home run really picked up the whole team. We were kind of lethargic early in the game and we needed something to pick us up. That did it. Now, it would be nice to get things going early in the next game.”
In the circle, Terrapin allowed five hits, struck out five and walked three. Terrapin speared a hot liner and threw to double off a Georgetown runner on first base for the final two outs.
Hicks was the only Bearcat with more than one hit in the game. The senior catcher accounted for two of B-C’s six safeties.
Holly Helms drove in B-C’s first run with a single in the second inning. M.C. Smith doubled and scored the second Bearcats run on a Bulldog boot in the third.