Lady Bulldogs go 1-2 at tourney, drop Eldorado, 12-7, Tuesday

The Brady Lady Bulldog softball team moved its record to 3-5 Tuesday night when they traveled to Eldorado and posted a 12-7 victory over the home team. Using all seven innings to solidify their win, the Lady Dawgs put together a complete game with positive efforts on both offense and defense. ‘We had a good night tonight, ‘ said coach Micki Templeton, ‘but we are still having a few too many fielding and throwing mistakes that we have to correct.’ Offensively, the Bulldogs scored at least one run in all but the second inning while defensively, they limited their opposition to runs in only three innings. Brady jumped out to a early 2-0 lead in the first, but Eldorado came back in the second and posted five runs to Brady’s zero. The Bulldogs came back in the third and headed into the fourth, the teams were tied 6-6. ‘We had 21 putouts, six assists and six fielding and throwing errors while we were in the field,’ said the coach. ‘Brooke Young pitched all seven innings and faced 39 batters. She threw a total of 81 pitches consisting of 34 strikes and 47 balls.’ Ten batters took to the plate during the game, six of whom posted at least one base hit. Kaleigh Adams and Stacy Lohn each posted a double. In the San Angelo tournament held last Friday, the Bulldogs went 1-2 with their lone victory coming against Grape Creek. The Bulldogs opened up with a tough game against the Brownwood JV squad and lost, 21-2 in a short three innings. ‘We had plenty of opportunities to get outs during this game, but we had a total of 10 fielding errors, eight of which came in the first inning alone,’ said coach Templeton. ‘Chelsea Brown and Trista Jeffrey shared the pitching responsibilities and both did a good job. They are still young pitchers and once they get some more experience under their belts and gain more control, the strikes will come. Brown and Brittany Brown each posted a single while Kaleigh Adams hit one triple. In the second game of the tourney, Brady turned the tables when they took on the Grape Creek JV and easily handled them in three innings, 17-0. Brady took advantage of Grape Creek’s pitching and sent 12 batters to base on walks. ‘Grape Creek’s pitchers struggled the entire game and we took advantage of it,’ said the coach. ‘The best thing about this game is that we did not have any fielding errors and that makes a big difference.’ Brittany Brown, Brooke Young and Beth Ross each singled in the game. In the tournament wrapup for Brady against Wall, the Bulldog’s chance at a comeback was cut short in the fifth and Wall won, 7-2 Brady scored a single run in each of the first three innings, but a three-run first and two-run second gave the Hawks the edge they needed. ‘We played well on both sides of the ball,’ said the coach. ‘If we can play like this the rest of the season, we will be all right,’ Brooke Young pitched for Brady and gave up nine hits and faced 24 batters. She threw 14 strikes and 17 balls. Offensively, Kaleigh Adams, Brittany Brown, Chelsea Rutherford, Brooke Young and Tiffany Williams all hit singles for the Bulldogs.

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