It is rough going through growing pains. Just ask a young-yet-improving Lady Tiger softball team.
The Lady Tigers, taking their fair share of bumps and bruises this season, took their lumps Wednesday by falling, 17-2, at Effingham County.
The final score does not accurately reflect the early play of the Lady Tigers. With three hits, one run and two left on base, Bradwell jumped out to 1-0 first-inning lead. The Lady Rebels answered with one run of their own in the inning.
Effingham County pulled ahead with five runs in the second. In the bottom of the third inning, with no outs, Effingham County notched a three-run homerun. An inspired Effingham County offense added eight more runs to close out the inning and the game.
Bradwell starting pitcher McKenzie Stewart gave up eight earned runs, nine hits and the homerun. Kasey Smith relieved Stewart during the third inning and allowed five earned runs.
The Lady Tigers managed three hits, with Smith leading the way with two hits and two runs scored. Stewart had a hit as well.
Bradwell coach Sharyl Eastlake was encouraged by the offensive and defensive play of the Lady Tigers over previous matchups.
“We had two very good innings and our batting practice has definitely paid off,” she said. “Our hard work is starting to show results. We are a very young team … each game we are learning so much.”
The Lady Tigers host Statesboro at 5 p.m. Monday.