Bearettes come up 1 run short to defending AA state champs

By BRYAN GRISHAM
Posted 4/18/19

The Bradley Central Bearettes softball team stood toe-to-toe with the three-time and defending Tennessee State Champion Meigs County on a beautiful spring afternoon Wednesday at Bob McKenzie …

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Bearettes come up 1 run short to defending AA state champs

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The Bradley Central Bearettes softball team stood toe-to-toe with the three-time and defending Tennessee State Champion Meigs County on a beautiful spring afternoon Wednesday at Bob McKenzie Field.


The Bearettes (4-21) jumped out to a big lead early and led for most of the game, coming within a base hit of pulling off the upset in their last turn at the plate. But,  the Lady Tigers (12-10) showed why they are the champs, coming back with a run in their last at bat to hang on for a tough 12-11 win over the Bearettes.


“They beat us by a run over at their place earlier,” said Bearettes coach Adam McClary. “That one big inning got us tonight; three errors and several hits, that’s been the story this year. We hit the ball well tonight, but just couldn’t hang on. They are a good team, they know how to win and coming back is nothing new to them.”


After the Bearettes put a run on the board in the first frame, the offense exploded in the bottom of the second. Alana Cordell and Makayla Goree each singled to get things started. Riley Sermons knocked in a run with a single and Alexis Parham pushed another across by coaxing a bases-loaded walk. Haley Campbell grounded out for the second time in the game, but picked up an RBI each time. Carly Chastain singled in another run and the Bearettes' lead grew to 6-0.


The wake-up call was received by the Lady Tigers and their offense suddenly came to life over the next two innings. Meigs cut the lead in half when Molly Vincent singled in a run and Carlee McLemore singled in two more to slice the lead to 6-3.  An infield single, a fielder's choice and a pair of costly errors in the fourth tacked on two more runs for the visitors as the Bradley lead was whittled to 6-5.


The Bearettes got the two runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Sermons doubled in a run and Parham added a sacrifice fly to the cause to push the lead to 8-5.


That's where it stayed until the sixth. The Lady Tigers put a crooked number on the board sending 10 hitters to the plate with six of them circling the bases. Taylor Odom and Ella Crowder each singled home a run while Madison Hughes doubled home two more as the visitors took their first lead of the game, 11-8.


The Bearettes were far from done getting up off the deck to tie the game in their half of the sixth. Three straight one-out hits produced a run as Chastain plated a run with a hit. Cordell picked up her third hit of the night to draw the Bearettes within a run and Angelina Cross tied the game at 11-all with a clutch, two-out single.


Meigs County would not be denied, however, as lead-off hitter Arika Reed singled and moved around to third with the go-ahead run. She later scored on a single from Odom for a 12-11 advantage.


The Bearettes did not go quietly in their last turn at the dish, putting the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position at second and third with two outs. But, a nice running catch by Vincent in right field for the third out sealed the hard-fought win for the Lady Tigers.


Bailey Rogers started the game in the circle for the Bearettes  while Cross suffered the loss in relief. Toryn Lawson started the game for Meigs County  while McLemore pitched in relief to pick up the win. Madison Hughes, for the Lady Tigers, and Aubreigh Marchese, for the Bearettes, were two of the defensive standouts as both ladies made great diving catches to help their team, both coming in the second inning.



Meigs County               003  206  1 — 12  16  0

Bradley Central            150  203  0 — 11  16  3 

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