It’s déjà vu all over again, as they say, for the Brookland-Cayce softball team. For the second year in a row the Bearcats find themselves in the same Class 3A playoff position – needing two wins against the defending state champion to advance to the Lower State championship tournament.
Last year, B-C bounced back from a second-round loss to reigning champion St. James to beat the Sharks twice in the finals to reach the Elite Eight. Tonight, the Bearcats will try to duplicate the feat, this time in Darlington against the defending champion Falcons in the District VI finale.
“We’re a veteran team, and we’ve been here before, but I still have to remind the girls to stay calm, stay cool, relax,” said B-C coach Richard Lundy. “Hopefully, we’ll get the bats going again.”
The Bearcats have been plagued by tepid hitting, especially in clutch situations in outings against top-flight competition. Six of B-C’s seven losses this season have been by one run, four for 1-0 scores including one to Darlington in a second round game last week.
Fittingly, B-C (22-7) advanced to the district finals with a 1-0 win last night against scrappy Swansea. The lone run came in the top of the first. Pitcher Chandler Terrapin singled and was replaced by courtesy runner Ciara Matthews, who moved to second on a bunt by M.C. Smith, scampered to third on a passed ball and scored on Ashlyn Hicks’ ground out.
Terrapin limited the Tigers to just two hits, and struggled with her control. In the end the freshman star walked five and struck out seven. But Swansea certainly made it interesting by having runners at second and third base in the top of the seventh inning before Terrapin ended it by inducing a ground out to shortstop Casey Corbitt.