Brookhaven Academy softball splits pair

Published 5:30 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars softball team split a pair of games Monday and Tuesday nights.

The Lady Cougars fell to a strong Clinton Christian team Monday night by a score of 11-1, but rebounded Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Newton County Academy.

Brookhaven Academy moves to 11-11-2 overall on the season as a result.

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BA 1, Clinton Christian 11

The Lady Cougars stumbled out of the gates early Monday night and fell to Clinton Christian 11-1.

“Everything that could go wrong did,” Brookhaven Academy head coach Becky Flowers said. “It was that game where we had a very tough opponent who we couldn’t put away. We made too many errors and didn’t have a plan or consistent approach at the plate.”

An RBI sacrifice bunt by Abbey Allen got Clinton Christian on the board in the top of the second to give them the 1-0 lead over Brookhaven Academy.

Clinton Christian added on four more runs in the top of the fourth inning to blow the gates open and take a 5-0 lead.

The Lady Cougars got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI bunt single from Madison Moak to cut the deficit to 5-1.

After a short sign of life, the game got out of hand in the top of the sixth with Clinton Christian putting up four runs and two runs in the top of the seventh.

The Lady Cougars were shut out the rest of the game as Clinton Christian took home the 11-1 victory.

Errors doomed the Lady Cougars again with eight in the game.

Emily Claire Felder got the start for Brookhaven Academy and pitched 5.1 innings, giving up nine runs (three earned) on three hits, two walks and one strikeout. Madi Smith replaced Felder and pitched 1.2 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits, one walk and one strikeout.

Moak led the Lady Cougars at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single. Kenzie Lawrence led Clinton Christian at the plate going 2-for-2.

BA 3, Newton County Academy 1

Brookhaven Academy bounced back Tuesday night behind a great pitching performance from Smith and came away with the 3-1 victory.

“We regrouped and hit the ball hard, made no errors and made good decisions with our offensive approach,” Flowers said. “Overall, we seem to be coming together and creating some consistency with only four games left in our regular season.”

The win moved Brookhaven Academy to 11-11-2 overall on the season.

The Lady Cougars got on the board first in the bottom of the first on an RBI single form Jana Case to put them up 1-0.

A solo home run tied the game in the top of the second for Newton County Academy.

Brookhaven Academy took the lead for good in the bottom of second with a fielding error from Newton County Academy on a ball hit by Abeni Fuller to put them up 2-1.

The Lady Cougars added one insurance run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single from Smith to seal the 3-1 victory.

The one homer given up by Smith was the only mistake on the mound as she dominated the game. Smith pitched all seven innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, no walks and striking out six.

The Lady Cougars had 11 hits in the game. Smith, Case and Kailyn Jordan each collected multiple hits for Brookhaven Academy. Case and Smith each had one RBI on the night.

The team also didn’t commit one single error on defense.