‘Cats drop heartbreakerPublished 10:35am Monday, May 6, 2013
The Benjamin Russell Lady Wilcats’ tumultuous softball season has come to an end after coming up short in a must-win situation.
BRHS went 1-2 in its double-elimination area tournament yesterday, playing all three games in succession.
The Lady Wildcats defeated the Marbury Lady Bulldogs 7-4 but were no-hit by area regular season champion Valley in a 3-0 loss.
BRHS then played the Lady Bulldogs to determine the final playoff spot from the area and a spot in the tournament final.
In what was a back-and-forth contest, the Lady ‘Cats fell 8-7 in eight innings.
“I thought the girls fought hard and played with great effort,” said BRHS head softball coach Tal Morrison. “We played pretty good defense but had a couple errors in that second Marbury game that hurt us. Those mistakes came down to communication errors.”
For the tournament, Alexis Flowers and Tatum Gandy both had four hits. Two of Gandy’s hits were doubles, and two of Flowers’ hits were triples.
Carley Blankenship and Daniellen Presseley both had three hits in the tournament.
Haley Milner pitched every inning of the three contests for Benjamin Russell. In her 22 innings of work, she allowed eight earned runs and fanned eight batters.
“She was unbelievable,” Morrison said. “For her to go out there and pitch those games back-to-back-to-back with no rest – I thought she gave an unbelievable effort.”
At season’s end, the Lady Wildcats stand at 12-21-1.
Morrison said there is reason for optimism next year.
“We’ve got a very young team,” he said. “We’re only losing one senior, and that’s Tatum. I hate it for the girls, and I hate it for Tatum that we couldn’t get to regionals this season. But for us to come as close as we did, especially considering how young we are, I feel good about the upcoming season. The team has grown a lot and improved through the season. I’m very excited about what we have coming back next year.”