Errors and strikeouts cost the Bradwell Tigers their final game of the 2012 campaign, ending the game 10-2.
“Any time that you make seven errors on defense and strikeout 16 times at the plate, you aren’t going to win many ballgames,” BI head coach Rhett Hellgren said. “I don’t know what happened because our defense has been there all year. It’s disappointing that we didn’t come through today.”
Bradwell’s Jacob Dill doubled in the top of the first, but the Cadets struck out two other Tiger hitters. And the Cadets took a 2-0 run lead in the bottom of the inning off a single and two errors.
Two walks and a single from Kyle Lannom plated Bradwell’s only two runs of the game.
Benedictine continued to add to its lead, scoring eight runs in bottom of the third and fourth innings.
Despite the loss, Hellgren was still pleased with his players’ accomplishments during the season.
“I am very proud of what were able to do this year,” he said. “We only had two starters that played every inning last year. We had others that made contributions, but only two that were everyday starters.
“We have worked this year, and we have played some good baseball teams.”
One memorable highlight of the season was Dill’s 1-0 shutout of region power Camden last month.
Bradwell ends the regular season 16-10 and 13-5 in Region 3-AAAAA. The Tigers finish as the fourth seed in the region and begin the Class AAAAA State Tournament at Region 4 top-seeded Hillgrove.
The Hawks posted a 19-6 record and 13-0 in region play. Hillgrove is currently ranked ninth in the Class AAAAA coaches’ poll and was the 2011 state runner up.
Bradwell travels to Hillgrove Friday for a best of three series against the Hawks.