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Lady Cougars win two to advance to Monday’s contest

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Coach Becky Flower and the BA Lady Cougars celebrate after winning two games Saturday to advance to Monday's semifinal in MAIS South State tournament action.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Coach Becky Flower and the BA Lady Cougars celebrate after winning two games Saturday to advance to Monday’s semifinals in MAIS South State tournament action.

LIBERTY – The Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars finished strong in Saturday’s opening day of the MAIS South State AA Tournament. The Lady Cougars won two-of-three games to advance to Monday’s contest for a possible state tournament berth.

BA defeated Wayne Academy 6-4 in the first game to start the tournament. The Cougars lost to Silliman 10-0 in the second game but finished strong in the finale by surpassing ACCS 7-5.

“I could not be more proud of this moment,” said BA coach Becky Flowers. “Everything these girls have worked for has finally come together. We came through in all areas of the game today. Olivia Lofton pitched her tail off today after Alex Rae Smith broke a bone in her pitching hand, which meant Lofton had to carry all the pitching responsibilities. Overall, I am very excited for my girls and proud of their effort. Now, we must get ready for Monday.”

The Lady Cougars (16-18, 4-4) will return to Liberty Monday with high hopes of clinching a state tournament berth. Action begins at 10 a.m. for Brookhaven Academy as they prepare to take on the winner of Central Hinds/Simpson contest.

BA 6, Wayne Acad. 4 

Olivia Lofton was the winning pitcher for BA in game one with five strikeouts and four walks.

Anna Smith powered the Lady Cougars at the plate with a double and a single. Anna Grace Covington contributed a double. Hitting safely were K.K. Jordan, Maura Dunaway, Amanda Rushing, Olivia Thornton and Cameron Watson.

Silliman 10, BA 0 

Abeni Fuller suffered the setback on the mound for BA with no strikeouts and four walks. Lofton (0K, 2BB) saw some action in relief.

Covington recorded the only hit for the Lady Cougars in game two with a single.

BA 7, ACCS 5 

The Lady Cougars and the Lady Rebels provided an exciting contest for game three as ACCS managed to take a 5-4 lead after four innings of action.

BA rallied back in the top of the sixth inning to reclaim the lead as Thornton hit a single to put the Lady Cougars up and held on the victory.

Lofton tossed the win in Game Three for the Lady Cougars collecting three strikeouts and allowed only three walks.

Anna Smith and Morgan Walker direct BA’s offensive charge with three singles apiece. Jordan contributed pair of doubles. Lofton provided a double and a single. Thornton and Covington ripped a pair of singles.