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Tough opponents can't close Lady Tigers out
Lady Tigers’ Jena Alford pitched three back-to-back games during the tournament. First baseman Tamika Lipscomb is in the background. - photo by Photo by Anthony Durham
Jena Alford, Bradwell’s only senior, led the Lady Tigers to their first win of the season, beating the Windsor Forest Knights 9-2.
Unfortunately it was not enough to carry the team passed the tough opponents in the Paulson Tournament in Statesboro over the weekend.
Alford’s commanding presence on the mound with 12 strikeouts and 1 walk boosted the young team’s confidence. Along with her performance on the mound, Alford was also a leader at the plate throughout the tournament. Third baseman Brandi Huerd, was the heavy hitter of the game with a triple and 3 RBIs.
The Lady Tigers faced a fierce Calvary Day team the second game. Despite a great showing at the plate from Alford, Huerd, Tiger shortstop Patrice Antalan, and center fielder Danielle Durham, the Tigers fell 11-3, securing a first-place position in the B-Bracket.
After a two-hour break, the Tigers returned to face the Groves Lady Rebels in an intense, injury-ridden game. The Lady Tigers got off to a strong start with runs from Alford and second baseman Kelsey Rogers.
The Lady Rebels kept pace with two runs in the first. Groves banged out 8 hits and 6 runs in the second inning. After several time-outs because of injuries, the Tigers answered in the 5th with 8 hits and 5 runs. The Tigers battled hard to keep up, but Groves pulled ahead for a 15-10 win.
Danielle Jacobs had a great day behind the plate, and in the last game scored twice with 2 RBIs.  Alford, Huerd, Rogers, first baseman Tamika Lipscomb, and right fielder Ma’Kia Baker also scored runs in the final game.
Coach Sharyl Eastlake is extremely proud of all the girls. “They did everything I asked them to,” she said. “It was terribly hot out there, and I never heard one complaint. “We are a young team; I count on Jena and the three juniors to help guide and inspire the younger girls. We came home tonight with sunburns and a lot more playing experience,” Eastlake said. Bradwell’s first region game is an away game at Jenkins High on Thursday.
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