BA softball concludes season; falls to Simpson in MAIS tournament
LIBERTY – Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars’ magical run in the MAIS South State AA playoff came to an end Monday as they lost the Simpson Academy Lady Cougars 14-4 in fast pitch softball action.
The BA Lady Cougars concludes their season with a 15-19 overall record and finished third in their district race with a 4-4 record.
“It has been a great year for these girls,” said BA first-year coach Becky Flowers. “We fell a little short of our goal yesterday, but fatigue and injuries caught up with us.
“Simpson had a very good game and ended up placing second in the tournament so give them credit; 12 hits and no errors is a tough route to overcome,” continued Flowers. “Overall, I am very proud of our efforts this season, and we will go back to work in January to prepare for our spring season. The future looks really bright for the BA softball team.”
Simpson Acad. 14, Brookhaven Acad. 4
In a battle of Lady Cougars, Simpson Academy came out strong and quickly overpowered Brookhaven Academy to grab an 8-2 lead in two innings of work.
BA continued to fight back in the third and fourth innings and trimmed down Simpson’s lead to 8-4. The Mendenhall-based Lady Cougars exploded with a six-run blast in the bottom of the fourth in secured the win on a 10-run mercy rule.
Olivia Lofton suffered the setback on the mound for BA with no strikeouts and seven walks. Madi Smith (0K, 2BB) also saw some action in relief.
Kailyn Jordan powered the Lincoln County based Lady Cougars at the plate with an inside-the-park home run and a single. Amanda Rushing contributed a double. Hitting safely were Anna Smith and Anna Grace Covington.
Senior Anna Smith received a great prestige last week when she was selected to represent Brookhaven Academy in the MAIS All-Star game Oct. 8.