A young Bradwell Institute softball team honored its three seniors during its last home game of the season Wednesday with a 7-4 win over St. Vincent’s Academy.
The Lady Tigers rallied from a three-run first-inning deficit during a light drizzle and cool temperatures.
Bradwell answered in the bottom of the second inning, scoring two runs after Lady Tiger Shania Eldridge was hit by a pitch and Tamia Johnson singled. BI then added two runs in the third to take its first lead of the game.
All stayed quiet until the fifth inning, when the Lady Tigers scored another run. In the bottom of the sixth, they added two more runs.
St. Vincent’s had several opportunities to score. During the top of the fifth inning, the visitors had two runners on base with two outs, but Lady Tiger starting pitcher Kayleen Pixley got one of her three strikeouts at that critical moment to halt the threat. Pixley pitched five innings, walking seven batters and giving up three runs and one hit.
The Lady Saints scored a run in the seventh inning, but Bradwell reliever Mackenzie Stewart otherwise held them off in the final two innings.
She closed the game by striking out five batters to earn the save.
Johnson led BI at bat by going 3 for 4 and scoring three runs. Eldridge was 1 for 1 with an RBI and two runs. Stewart had three RBIs. Fleming was 1 for 3 and scored a run off a wild pitch. Briana Tootle drew two walks and scored a run.
Fleming also made a run-saving catch in left field.
Just before the game, Bradwell seniors Kaylee Taylor, Jakaria Fleming and Miracle Fata were presented with flowers and gifts by the Lady Tiger coaching staff and school administrators.
According to MaxPreps.com, the Lady Tigers are 4-18 overall and 0-6 in Region 3-AAAAA.
Bradwell has a makeup region game at Statesboro at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Next week, the Lady Tigers play their regular-season finale at 5 p.m. Monday at Richmond Hill.