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Lady Cardinals Pass April Test

With runs hard to come by, Brighton's Laura Judy getting back to first safely Saturday in the sixth inning against DeSoto Central turned out to be huge. Judy later scored the winning run in the Lady Cardinals' 1-0 victory on an error.

With runs hard to come by, Brighton’s Laura Judy getting back to first safely Saturday in the sixth inning against DeSoto Central turned out to be huge. Judy later scored the winning run in the Lady Cardinals’ 1-0 victory on an error.

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

SOUTHAVEN, Miss – Surviving a DeSoto Central bases loaded threat, Brighton Lady Cardinals Head Coach Robin Jacobs told his players coming out of their Greenbrook dugout, ‘Hold them, let’s get one and win this game.’

And that’s exactly what his Lady Cardinals proceeded to do keeping their record unblemished in the Southaven Tournament beating the Lady Jaguars 1-0.

“We’ve had two really hard games,” Jacobs said. “The team we played last night beat DeSoto Central. We’ve beat two really good teams 5-3 and 1-0. We’re learning to fight and win those games we’ve been talking about earlier in the year.”

On Friday night Brighton defeated Green County Tech 5-3 and then took out the Fayette Academy Lady Vikings 10-1.

Saturday began around 10:30 a.m. against the Lady Jags. The game was uneventful for three innings with the Lady Cardinals mustering a Lulu Smith bunt single.

Brighton starter Laura Judy was on top of her game shutting out DeSoto Central facing the minimum of batters.

But in the fourth inning the Lady Jags loaded the bases on an error, single and fielder’s choice with two outs. Judy settled down and struck out the final batter to keep the game scoreless.

In the fifth inning DeSoto Central led off with a single. But Judy and her Lady Cardinal defenders recorded a ground out, fly out and strike out looking. Brighton couldn’t manufacture a run in their half of the inning.

The Lady Jaguars went scoreless again in the sixth inning. Then the Lady Cardinals rallied for a run and the win in the sixth.

After Maddie Cox singled to begin the inning, Judy reached on a fielder’s choice with Cox being out at second base.

Next to the plate with Judy on first was Smith. The senior second baseman had a long at bat even fouling a pitch off her chin. But Smith drew a walk setting the stage for Ali Christmas.

Christmas hit the ball into play causing a DeSoto Central throwing error at third base trying to get Judy out. Once the ball went into foul territory, Judy raced home for the winning run.

“We were hoping we would have some games like this,” Jacobs said. “As stressful as they are coaching, you’ve got to have these games. I don’t think we ever paniced today. We really didn’t have a lot of things go our way. Our kids just kept fighting and fighting. That’s the biggest thing. Hopefully by the end of May we’ll be doing this some more.”

Jacobs said the trip to Southaven proved to be a positive for his team and especially his batting order.

:We talked about it at the beginning of the year – the kids being a year older,” he concluded. “We played a shortstop today who hadn’t played before. We got Anna McIntyre in the game. We had Maddy Cox and Morgan Shaver coming off the bench getting hits for us. We’re trying to do everything we can and the kids are working hard.”

 

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