The Lady Tigers traveled to Groves on Tuesday and earned their fifth win in a row, defeating the Rebels, 10-2, in six innings. Bradwell Institute pitcher Karson Rogers got the win, striking out seven batters and giving up four hits.
Rogers started the game by striking out the first three Rebels batters she faced, according to Lady Tigers softball coach Sharyl Eastlake.
In the bottom of the inning, BI took a 3-0 lead. The inning began as Sarah Wells reached base on an error and stole second. Candace Blair singled and Wells advanced to third. Blair stole second and Kelissa Hargrove was walked to load the bases.
Barbara Rego hit a sacrifice fly to center to score two runs. With Hargrove on third, Ashley Riles drove her in with a sacrifice.
Rogers repeated her performance in the top of the second and retired the first three Rebels batters. The Lady Tigers added a run after Kasey Smith walked, stole second and was replaced by courtesy runner Jessica Puckett. Puckett stole third and Wells hit a sacrifice fly to score Puckett.
Groves picked up a run in the third, but the Lady Tigers answered in the bottom of the inning when Hargrove led off with a single and stole second, then Rego reached on a fielder’s choice.
Rego swiped second base, then Riles reached base on an error and Rachael Ray sacrificed the runners to second and third. The runners then scored on two wild pitches by the Lady Rebels to put BI up, 6-1.
Groves added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning on two hits and an error by the Lady Tigers.
Rogers and the infield kept the Rebels in check in the fifth inning, and the BI girls went back to offense as Riles hit a single and advanced to second on an error. She later reached third on a passed ball and scored when Shae Smith laid down a sacrifice bunt.
The Lady Tigers closed out the game in the sixth inning after Wells reached base on an error. Blair hit a single advancing Wells to third, then stole second. Rego singled in Wells, and Shae Smith bunted for a single, scoring Blair to win the game by the run rule.
“I am very excited with our progress this season,” Eastlake said. “The girls are at the top of their game right now and I pray the momentum continues. We have a large fan base supporting us at our games. The girls love it when their teachers and administrators are cheering for them. We still have that one critical inning each game. However, our bats are hot and make up for those pesky errors we sometimes have. We host Camden County next Thursday on Sept. 15. We have tunnel vision. We want that win.”
Bradwell is 9-7 overall and 3-1 in Region 3-AAAAA. BI has a slight lead over Jenkins for second place behind Camden.