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Lady Tigers top Johnson in DH
Senior Lady Tigers Patrice Antalan and Brandi Huerd helped propel the Lady Tigers to 19-2 and 9-1 wins over Johnson in Saturday’s double-header. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Bradwell’s softball team earned 2 wins in a row, downing the Johnson Atomsmahers 19-2 in 3 innings in game one and 9-1 in game two in Savannah on Saturday.

According to Lady Tiger coaches Sharyl and Jeff Eastlake, base running and hits carried them to victory.

Lady Tiger Karson Rogers pitched the win in game 1, nailing 7 strikeouts, allowing 6 hits, giving up only 1 earned run and not walking any batters. At bat Rogers also had 3 RBIs.

BI took a 3-0 lead in the first when Patrice Antalan was walked to first, stole second and crossed home off a single by Suede Jones. Jones scored after stealing second and taking third. She crossed the plate off a hit by Barbara Rego, who was hit home by Brandi Huerd.

The walks and hits kept coming in the second. Rachel Ray was walked and stole second. Kaitlyn Stacey was also walked and Antalan hit into a fielder’s choice. Stacey and Antalan would later cross the plate off another Jones hit. Jones and Rego added runs off Huerd’s hit. Candace Blair came in as Huerd’s courtesy runner and later scored another run.

The Lady Tigers closed the second inning with an 8-0 lead.

In the third inning, 12 walks and two hits let the Hinesville girls add 11 more runs. The Lady Atomsmahers, trying to play catch up, added two runs but the game was called by the run rule.

The leading hitters were Suede Jones who went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 RBIs. Rego went 3 for 3, 1 walk, 3 RBIs. And Huerd was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 4 RBIs.

In game 2, Rego took the mound, earning 3 strike outs, no walks, 1 hit and 1 unearned run.

The Lady Tigers once again pounced early in the first with Antalan scoring off a single and 3 throwing errors. Jones hit a single, stole second and scored off a Rego double.

In the bottom of the second Tiara Howard led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a pass ball. Ray hit a triple, scoring Howard from third. Stacy then walked and Antalan hit a single, scoring Ray and sending Stacy to third. Jones then hit a triple, scoring Antalan and Stacy. Jones then scored on a wild pitch giving the Lady Tigers a 7-0 lead.

In the top of the fifth, the Atomsmashers scored a run when the leadoff batter hit a single, went to second on an error, and then scored on two Tiger errors. The Lady Tigers shut down the game when Rogers led off with a single, Ray hit into a fielder’s choice, then stole second base. Stacy then walked and Kelissa Hargrove came in to run for Stacy. Ray scored on a wild pitch, Hargrove advanced to second and Antalan hit a single, advancing Hargrove to third. But Hargrove was tagged out at the plate when a wild pitch bounced off the backstop into the catcher’s glove. Antalan advanced to third and scored when Rego hit a single to left to seal the 9-2 win.

Leading hitters were Antalan, who went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs, Jones was 2 for 2 with a triple and 3 RBIs, Rego went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs, Rogers was 2 for 3 and Ray was 2 of 3 with a triple.

"We busted our tails in practice last week to be ready to take both wins at Johnson," Eastlake said. "I am glad our seniors will be ending their high school softball careers on such a high note. We are sitting at third in the region behind Camden and Jenkins. Our last doubleheader is Thursday at Camden."

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