It’s been an unusual, up-and-down softball season at Brookland-Cayce this spring, but the Bearcats took a big step toward nailing down a second place finish in Region 5-3A with a convincing 8-3 win over archrival Airport on Tuesday at the Back Forty.
“We’re still a long way from where we need to be, but maybe we’re starting to take the first steps up the ladder,” said veteran B-C coach Richard Lundy.
The win puts the Bearcats at 12-7 overall, 5-2 in the region behind first place Chapin. B-C has little hope of catching the front-running Eagles, who enjoy a two-game lead in the loss column and have already swept the Bearcats in head-to-head matters.
That leaves B-C with one realistic goal – to finish second and rate the region’s only other home date in the first round of the state playoffs.
“Hopefully, we’ll be healthy and playing our best softball when the playoffs start,” said Lundy. “I’m encouraged because I’m seeing signs of us putting things together in the last few games.”
The next two games will tell the tale. Brookland-Cayce faces Airport on the road next Tuesday and takes on Midland Valley the following night at home in a makeup game.
Airport entered the game with a one half game lead in the standings over the Bearcats, but dropped back to 8-6, 6-3 with the loss.
Chandler Terrapin was the key performer on Tuesday. B-C’s junior ace tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the circle and cracked a two-run home run in the first inning to stake the Bearcats to a lead they would not relinquish.
M.C. Smith, Brooke Lucas, Chelsea Lee and Asia Benn all had big offensive games in support of Terrapin. Smith had three hits in four trips, scored once and had one RBI. Lucas went 2-for-2, reached base four times and scored twice. Benn also went 2-for-2 and scored one run. Lee had two hits and two RBIs.
Hailey Grimoskos was the Airport offensive standout. The junior drove in the Eagles’ first run with a single in the second inning, cutting the B-C lead to 2-1, and smacked a two-run circuit shot over the center field fence in the top of the seventh inning.