High School Sports

Bearcats beat Midland Valley to win Aiken tournament title

Brookland-Cayce gained a bit of revenge against Region 5-3A rival Midland Valley last Saturday at the Triple Crown softball tournament in Aiken. The Bearcats topped the Mustangs 3-0 to cap a 5-0 day and win the tournament championship. B-C, however, would gladly have swapped decisions with MV, which nipped the Bearcats 1-0 in their region showdown on March 24.

B-C (16-3 overall, 5-1 in region play) sports a 9-1 record at two regular-season tournaments. The Bearcats finished 4-1 at the Lexington Wildcat Invitational in March, finishing in third place.

The road to the Triple Crown title game featured a 1-0, eight-inning win over Nation Ford in the opener, followed by victories against Lexington (5-1), Pelion (6-0) and Blythewood (8-4). Chandler Terrapin fired a five-hitter with 13 strikeouts vs. Nation Ford and Ashlyn Hicks delived the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth. Alexis Lucas was the winning pitcher vs. Lexington, while Terrapin and Hick both stroked three hits. Terrapin returned to the circle vs. Pelion and no-hit the Panthers while fanning 11. Lucas beat Blythewood with plenty of offensive support from Alex White, who had three hits and six RBIs. White had a triple and ripped a decisive grand slam home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Terrapin and Hicks were in the spotlight in the finale. Terrapin blanked the Mustangs with a three-hitter. Hicks had two hits, scored on one and drove in another. Hicks led of the fourth inning with a single, and scored the only run Terrapin required on an error. In fact, two Mustang boots led to two B-C runs in the inning. Hicks, who went 3-for-3 in the title game, drove home Terrapin with the final run in the fifth.

The Bearcats added a 5-0 region win over Airport on Monday night. Terrapin improved to 12-3 on the season and lowered her ERA to 0.35. White slugged her fifth home run and Casey Corbett drilled a triple.

White and Terrapin are on fire at the plate. White sports a glittering .557 batting average with 17 runs scored and 24 RBIs. Terrapin stands at .422 with nine RBIs. Marquitta Wilson (.314, nine RBIs) and Hicks (.333, 17 runs, eight RBIs) are the other B-CV regulars batting .300 or higher.

Richard Lundy's team will rest up this week in preparation for a demanding five-game-in-six-days schedule next week, beginning with a Monday date at White Knoll. The big game on the slate is the April 17 rematch with Midland Valley in Graniteville.