Lady Panthers fall in game 3 — Brookhaven softball ends season after going 1-2, 3-6 against Pearl River Central
Brookhaven is out of the playoffs, falling 6-3 in the deciding game of the series Tuesday night.
Pearl River Central was able to get the offense going in game three of the series, putting up six runs in the contest to win by three.
Brookhaven ended the season with a 22-6 record and an undefeated mark in district play.
The Lady Panthers won game one 2-0, then fell in game two Tuesday, 1-2 against the Lady Blue Devils, before heading into game three immediately after to settle the series.
Haley Nations was nothing short of dominant in Brookhaven’s playoff series victory against Stone High School in the second round of the playoffs.
She was even better on Monday night against Pearl River Central, as the senior threw a no-hitter and struck out 13 in a complete game 2-0 victory in game one of the third-round playoff series.
“I tried to stay ahead in the counts and stay ahead of hitters,” Nations said. “I was able to throw my pitches into the strike-zone, and that really helped me.”
Nations has given up one earned run in 21 innings so far in the postseason, good for a .33 ERA. For the season, Nations has a 15-3 record with a .39 ERA.
“She was really good tonight for us,” Brookhaven softball coach Mandy Vinson said. “She stayed ahead in the count, and when she did fall behind she came back and got into the zone. She’s really been throwing it well. ”
The Lady Blue Devils and the Lady Panthers were locked in a pitcher’s duel early on in the contest, as neither team was able to put much of a scoring threat together until the bottom of the fourth inning.
Then Brookhaven struck.
Kat Wallace and Jadeyn Fuller both singled to start off the frame and put runners at first and third for senior Rileigh Allen.
Allen would deliver the only two runs in the contest as she drove a two-RBI single into left field to give the Lady Panthers and Nations a lead.
After taking the lead in the frame, Nations would become even more dominant throughout the remainder of the contest.
She retired nine of the final 10 hitters in order, and she struck out five of them in the process. The Lady Blue Devils were only able to put eight balls in play in the game against Nations, as she struck out 13 in the complete-game performance.
The Lady Panthers had five hits in the contest, and continually put pressure on Pearl River Central to make plays to get off the field.
“We hit the ball well at times,” Vinson said. “There were some things that I thought we could have done better situationally, but I thought we did well at the plate.”
Pearl River Central’s Shelby Archer had two of their three hits in game two against Brookhaven.
Both of them went over the fence, however, as Pearl River Central forced the series to a third game.
Haley Nations pitched a complete game for Brookhaven striking out eight in her six innings pitched.
The Panthers were led at the plate by Kat Wallace who recorded two hits in the contest.