It was a long time in coming, but Bradwell Institute on Tuesday afternoon finally defeated Jenkins, 7-5, in a softball game to improve to 1-1 in Region 3-AAAAA.
“It took five years,” Lady Tigers coach Sharyl Eastlake said after the game. She noted that earning a win against Jenkins was a big accomplishment due to its level of play.
“Because of the way they play small ball,” she said. “They get the bunt down, they know how to make the bunts and they know the trick plays.”
Bradwell struck pay dirt first in the bottom of the first inning. Faced with two outs and a runner on base, Barbara Rego doubled in the Lady Tigers’ first run.
The home team kept the Lady Warriors in check in the second inning by tossing out the first two batters at first. Lady Tiger pitcher Karson Rogers struck out the next batter.
Jenkins tied the game, 1-1, in the third inning, but Bradwell Institute was able to score in the bottom of the fourth when Rego slapped a single, Ashley Riles singled to center field and Rogers doubled to score both runners and put BI up, 3-1.
The Warriors took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning, and BI stranded two runners on base in the bottom of the inning.
Bradwell scored in the bottom of the sixth when Courtney Felton hit a two-run double with the bases loaded to put the Lady Tigers up, 5-4, then Candace Blair doubled in two more runs.
Jenkins added a run in the top of the seventh before Rego’s catch behind third sealed the BI win.
Eastlake said she was pleased with the way her players swung the bats but added she was concerned when Jenkins took the lead off an error in the fifth.
“There is always that little bit of an inning when we doubt ourselves,” she said. “One person makes an error…but it was all about picking up your teammates and that is what we have to get better on. Defense was awesome … five years and it feels really good.”
BI and Jenkins will face off again Sept. 22 in Savannah.
“Usually they are the first game of our region and maybe we need to play them at our house first (from now on) rather than going there first,” Eastlake said. “But we are going to be ready to play when we get off the bus because (our girls) are going to be out to get a win at Jenkins.
Bradwell is 7-7 overall and 1-1 in Region 3-AAAAA. The Lady Tigers were scheduled to play Islands High School on Thursday at home.