Things seemed to be going pretty well for Bradley Central Monday evening, as they stayed even for the first three innings with District 5-AAA heavy-hitters Soddy-Daisy.
After three innings, the Bearettes (8-12) had been able to tie things up with the Lady Trojans 1-1, but the next two innings showcased Bradley’s costly inconsistencies.
In the fourth and fifth innings, Soddy-Daisy was able to drive in a total of 10 runs, effectively ending the game due to the run rule.
“We have some inconsistencies in areas that we need to work on,” Bradley head coach Christy McElhaney stated. “We’re a young team, but where we are showing our inconsistencies at this point in the season — we should be stronger.”
The Bearettes were able to hold back the Lady Trojans’ bats for the majority of the game.
Soddy’s lone run in the top of the second inning came from a single by Brooke Hale, who drove in Jessica Boles from third base.
Bradley was able to answer with the tying run in the bottom of the third.
After reaching first base, Emily Colbough was advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt by Abby Abernathy.
Chanler Grady got Colbough to scoring position at third, but became the second out for the Bearettes in the process.
A hit by Sydney Morgan drove Colbough in for what would prove to be the Bearettes’ only run.
By the top of the fourth, the Lady Trojans were able to figure out an answer for Bradley pitcher Jennifer Corbitt.
“She’s getting it near the plate, but it’s not where it needs to be,” McElhaney said.
The inning began with a deep hit to left field by Shana Ward, who was able to make it safely to first.
Boles was walked, and the next Lady Trojan batter was unable to make it to first.
With one out, a bases-loaded situation emerged when Hale was walked.
Cameren Swafford’s double drove in two Soddy-Daisy runners, giving the visitors a 3-1 lead.
Haley Reynold’s followup grounder was enough to bring in the final two runners of the inning.
Unable to put anything together in the bottom of the fourth, the Bearettes fell victim to a big inning by the Lady Trojans in the top of the fifth.
With one out, and a runner on third, a double resulted in a sixth run for Soddy-Daisy.
Two more runners were driven in off of another Lady Trojan double, and then the next two batters were able to each bring in another run off of consecutive singles.
Needing only one more out to end the Soddy slugfest, Bradley found itself with the bases once again loaded.
A walk resulted in the 11th run for the Lady Trojans, who would finish things up by holding the Bearettes back in the bottom of the fifth for the run-rule victory.
“They’ve gone through some growing pains, we’ve made some stride (forward) but today was kind of a relapse,” McElhaney stated.
The Bearettes travel to Soddy-Daisy this afternoon to conclude their series and will host East Hamilton for their last home game of the season on Wednesday.