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Lady Tigers fall to Ware County in opener
Bradwell third baseman Kasey Smith watches the Gator batter and looks to hold the Gator runner on third. The Lady Tigers lost, 16-0, Tuesday in their home opener. - photo by Patty Leon

It wasn’t going to be an easy task for the Bradwell softball team.
The young Tiger squad opened the season Tuesday at home against a more-experienced Ware County team. The Lady Gators wasted no time in taking advantage of Lady Tiger throwing errors to win, 16-0, in three innings.
Fortunately for the Lady Tigers, this first matchup against the Gators didn’t count as a Region 3B-AAAAA loss. The Bradwell girls will have time to prepare for a rematch against the Gators on Aug. 29 in Waycross.
The Gators have several returning veterans who helped them go 17-10 overall and 9-4 in region play last year, earning second place in 3B-AAAAA.
Lady Tiger MacKenzie Stewart, a sophomore who started as a varsity pitcher last year, allowed one run in the first inning. Head softball coach Sharyl Eastlake said Stewart did have a few issues in the second and third inning.
As for throwing errors, the infielders and outfielders still may be wiping away the summer rust. Jakaria Fleming made a spectacular dive and tumbling catch in center field, but two plays later missed a routine fly ball.
A few tosses to first were rushed and overthrown, and first-year catcher Melissa Gregory still is learning the position.
“Melissa is talented but has never played the position,” Eastlake said. “She will improve with more practice.”

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