The Wolverines of Union Grove beat the Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers 7-0 in seven innings and 8-0 in five during Tuesday’s double-header. The losses knocked the Tigers out of the playoffs in the first round.
Tiger coach Sharyl Eastlake said the first game was a defensive battle and well-played by her squad. The home team kept the game scoreless until the sixth inning.
In the first, Lady Tiger Patrice Antalan bunted her way to first base and Suede Jones walked, but the next three Lady Tigers struck out.
Union Groves got runners on base, but the Lady Tiger defense held them scoreless.
In the second inning, both teams had quick three-and-outs.
In the third, Kaitlyn Stacy walked to first and stole second. However, the inning ended when Jones bunted, but was thrown out at first and Barbara Rego hit a fly ball to right field.
The Wolverines looked to put runs on the board, but were stopped by a catch at the fence by Lady Tiger Rachel Ray for the third out.
In the fourth, Ray caught a ball to left center and another to centerfield to keep the Wolverines at bay.
The Lady Tigers looked to score in the fifth when Stacy walked and Antalan hit a double. But the Wolverines threw Stacy out at home.
During the Wolverines’ at-bat, they brought three runners home.
Needing to score, the Lady Tigers hit, but each runner was thrown out at first.
The Wolverines added four more runs in the sixth on errors. In the seventh, the Lady Tigers went three up and three down.
Lady Tiger Karson Rogers pitched game one.
Game two ended in five innings with the Wolverines winning 8-0.
Eastlake said despite the loss, her girls were happy to make the postseason.
"Going to state and playing the top-ranked teams from the Atlanta area was a great experience for our team," she said. "Senior Brandi Huerd was our only player who has seen playoff action. Our first game was awesome and the girls played the best defense of their careers."
Eastlake said the girls are already looking forward to making the playoffs next year.
Region 3-AAAAA contender Jenkins High was also eliminated, but Camden split their first double-header to advance to the next round.