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Camden beats BI, hangs onto first

POSTED: September 19, 2011 11:50 a.m.
Photo by Patty Leon/

A Camden County runner slides into second base as Bradwell infielder Sara Wells attempts to tag her out in Thursday’s 6-0 loss at home.

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Much like football, when it comes to top seeding in Region 3-AAAAA, it’s usually a battle between Bradwell and Camden County. And, much like football, the Wildcats’ softball team held the top spot in the region by beating the Lady Tigers, 6-0, on Thursday at Bradwell’s field.
The Lady Wildcats were able to hit a few deep hits that led to runs. The home team was able to hit some deep shots as well but they wound up in the visitors’ gloves.
“The girls improved their hitting since our last dance with Camden,” Lady Tigers softball coach Sharyl Eastlake said. “The problem was we hit the ball right to them. Camden deserves all the success they enjoy. They are strong team offensively and defensively.”
In the second inning, a single, stolen base and RBI double gave the Wildcats their first run.
In the next inning, a Camden County batter singled but reached second base. The next batter hit an RBI double to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.

Despite a solid performance from Bradwell pitcher Karson Rogers, the Camden County took advantage of a wild pitch to add another run. Later, the Wildcats hit a ball just beyond Lady Tigers shortstop Barbara Rego to give the visiting team a 4-0 lead.
“I am very proud of the ladies,” Eastlake said. “Karson pitched a fantastic game. She had lots of movement on the ball, and her changeup was successful. Kasey Smith caught a great game for Karson.”
To date, Rogers has pitched 76 innings and averaged 5.1 strikeouts per game. She has six wins so far this season.
 The Lady Tigers’ defense held the Wildcats for three innings. In the sixth inning, the Wildcats had a runner on second who scored off an RBI double. A throwing error led to the Wildcats’ final run to give them a 6-0 victory.
In 344 at-bats, the Bradwell girls have 112 hits, 74 RBIs and 96 runs.
“Our goal this year was to have two runs on the scoreboard the first inning of every game,” Eastlake said. “That goal has come to fruition except in the case of Camden.”
But the coach said they still are sitting at second in the region, and her team plans to fight to keep the spot, especially when it plays Jenkins on Thursday in Savannah.
On Saturday, the Bradwell girls played a doubleheader against Windsor Forest and honored their seniors.
The Lady Tigers currently are 9-8 overall and 3-2 in the region.
See Wednesday’s edition of the Courier for the final score and senior photos.
In other softball news, the Liberty County Lady Panthers dropped two back-to-back games this week.
On Tuesday, the girls traveled to Ware County for their second match of the season and lost, 11-3, in five innings.
On Thursday, the Lady Panthers were in Brunswick, where they fell, 9-6.
The Lady Panthers are 3-17 and 0-8 in Region 2A-AAAA.

 

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