The Bradwell Lady Tigers softball team dropped a 9-0 decision to Glynn Academy in a Region 3B-AAAAA matchup Tuesday in Hinesville.
Though the Lady Terrors earned the eventual run-rule victory, it was Glynn Academy’s solid defense that kept Bradwell off of the scoreboard.
“We hit the ball hard. Glynn was just in the right place every time and made the plays they needed to make,” Bradwell Lady Tigers coach Sharyl Eastlake said. “Glynn is, without a doubt, one of the most solid teams defensively in the region.”
The Lady Tigers were on a two-game region winning streak coming into the Glynn game. After dropping the season opener to region leader Ware, Bradwell recovered to defeat Windsor Forest and Jenkins.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Lady Tigers fell to 2-7 on the season and 2-2 in the region.
Bradwell pitcher MacKenzie Stewart struck out the first Glynn Academy hitter she faced, but then the Glynn bats came alive. The Red Terrors blasted five hits and took advantage of two Lady Tiger errors to score four runs in the top of the first inning. Stewart got two more strikeouts in the frame and finished with six strikeouts on the day.
Lady Tiger right fielder Heather Rego singled in the bottom of the first, but was stranded on first by the Glynn defense.
The Red Terrors added three runs in the top of the third and two more in the top of the fourth.
The bright spot for the Lady Tigers was sophomore second baseman Shania Eldridge, who put down three bunts in front of home plate in the game.
“Shania has really been working on her bunting, and we have spent a lot of time working technique and making sure we are getting the ball down where it needs to be. She really bunted the ball well, which is something that can help us this entire season,” Eastlake said.
Bradwell was scheduled to play Thursday at region leader Ware County. Results were unavailable at press time. On Sept. 5, the Lady Tigers travel to Effingham County and return home for a non-region game against Statesboro on Sept. 9.