For the second year in a row, Brookland-Cayce swept the defending state champion out of the Class 3A softball playoffs by coming out of the loser’s bracket to wins both ends of a district championship doubleheader on the champs’ home turf.
Last season it was St. James. Last night it was Darlington. The Bearcats dethroned the Falcons with back-to-back 4-2 wins on Wednesday to claim the District VI title and secure a Lower State championship tournament berth for the eighth time in nine tries since the classification went to a district playoff format in 2001.
Pitcher Chandler Terrapin was the key, winning both games of the twin bill. The freshman right-hander fired a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks in the opener, and then scattered eight hits while fanning 11 and walking three in the clincher.
B-C stayed alive by winning a nine-inning thriller in the first game. Seventh-grader Brooke Lucas, called up from the junior varsity team late in the season, ripped a decisive two-out, two-run double. Terrapin and Alex White belted solo home runs in the first inning to get the Bearcats off on the right foot.
The Bearcats score two runs in the first inning of the nightcap, courtesy of a RBI single by Ashlyn Hicks and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Casey Corbitt. B-C posted two decisive runs in the fourth. Terrapin drove in what proved to be the winning run with a double to plate Caroline Reid, another seventh-grader up from the jayvees. Then, a Darlington error allowed Lucas to come in with an insurance run.
It was a sweet victory for the Bearcats, for a number of reasons. The sweep gave Richard Lundy 499 wins at the B-C helm since 1989. The Bearcats and Falcons have a little history, as well. Darlington eliminated B-C in the LS bracket last season, and pulled off back-to-back 1-0 wins on the Bearcats’ old field in the LS finals in 2006 after B-C had eked out a first-round win over the Falcons.
B-C will play at Georgetown on the road in the first round of the Lower State tournament on Saturday.