The Bearettes (6-15) built a big lead then held off a six-run Polk rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim the 9-7 win.
After the hosts drew first blood with a run in the first frame, Bradley scored the game’s next nine runs, including five in the third, two in the fifth and two more in the top of the seventh inning.
A half dozen Lady Wildcats (15-10) were able to circle the bases in the game’s final at bat, but it turned out to be too little, too late.
Senior Allison Conley struck out seven on her way to the pitching victory, while classmate Tori Roberts and sophomore Chanler Grady both had a pair if hits to lead the 11-hit Bearette offense. Freshman Chelsea Sadler ripped a double for the visitors.
With Polk committing nine errors in the contest, only two of the runs Hannah Triplett (4-5) surrendered were earned.
Lily Cozzort went 2-for-4 for the hosts, plus drove in a pair of runs, while Lydia Triplett had a double, scored twice and plated a pair of teammates. Kaitlyn Williams also laced a two-bagger.
Bradley Central 005 020 2 — 9 11 3
Polk County 100 000 6 — 7 8 9
WP: Allison Conley, 7 Ks. LP: Hannah Triplett (4-5), 2 ER. 2B: Chelsea Sadler (BC), Lydia Triplett, Kaitlyn Williams (PC) HIGHLIGHTS: Chanler Grady 2-4; Tori Roberts 2-for-5 (BC); L. Triplett 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Lily Cozzort 2-4, 2 RBI (PC). RECORDS: Bradley 5-15; Polk County 15-10.
Raiders sweep Cherokees
ATHENS — Cleveland High completed a District 5-AAA series sweep of McMinn County Tuesday evening.
After shutting out the Tribe 4-0 at home Monday, the Blue Raiders claimed a 9-3 victory in Athens Tuesday.
Cleveland (14-18, 7-5 District 5-AAA) jumped ahead with a five-run rally in the top of the second inning.
McMinn (3-20, 2-10) trimmed the deficit to just a couple of runs by putting a 3-spot on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the same frame.
Coach Ted Carson’s Blue Raiders secured the victory with a four-run rally in the fifth.
Junior Kimsey Bell paced the Cleveland offense, going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.
Sophomore Jay McIntire also plated a trio of teammates with a double as part of his 2-for-3 showing as well. Junior Koltyn Plumb helped out with a triple in the victory.
Junior lefty Conner Mitchell struck out four on his way to earning the pitching victory.
Cleveland 050 040 0 — 9 10 2
McMinn County 003 000 0 — 3 7 2
WP: Conner Mitchell 4 K’s. LP: Daniel Triplett. HR: Kimsey Bell (C). 3B: Koltyn Plumb (C). 2B: Jay McIntire (C). HIGHLIGHTS: Bell 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; McIntire 2-3, 2B, 3 RBIs (C); Javen Simpson 2-3 (MC). RECORDS: Cleveland 14-18, 7-5 District 5-AAA; McMinn County 3-20, 2-10 District 5-AAA.