By Thomas Sellers Jr.
For almost 20 years Brighton Head Coach Robin Jacobs has seen his share of close Brighton/Munford softball games.
The latest clash at Munford Softball Field was no different with the score 0-0 heading into the seventh inning. While Jacobs has won his share of games against Munford Lady Cougars Skipper Glenn Goulder, Jacobs has yet to witness his junior pitcher Seeley Layne earn a victory over their rivals.
“I just wanted to get my first win against Munford,” Layne acknowledged. “Ever since freshman year, I’ve lost against them. So my mindset was to get a win. I felt like my catcher and me started to lock in this week. Things are starting to come out better.”
Layne was locked-in with her battery mate Currie McIntyre against Munford keeping the Lady Cougars off the scoreboard. The Lady Cardinals got offense in the seventh inning from senior Kristen Walker and freshman Ta’mya Johnson leading to a 4-0 win.
Heading into the final inning both Layne and opposing pitcher Sam Scott were in a groove. Both hurlers got out of jams and neutralized batters to keep the game 0-0.
In the top of the seventh inning Layne was the first to the plate.
“I wanted to crush the ball,” Layne said, “but I was going to take whatever happen, a walk — just get on. I knew my team was going to follow and help me out.”
Layne didn’t hit a home run but she reached first base on a walk. Her teammate Alex Griffin moved her over to third base with a bunt single.
After Munford recorded an out on a diving catch, Haley Rider loaded the bases for Brighton on another walk.
Scott was able to get the second out setting the table for Walker. With two outs, the senior utility player smacked a double to centerfield driving home two runs.
“It was great,” Walker said. “I just hit it as hard as I could. I just tried to score some runs. It was a pretty big inning. It was one of the best innings of my life.”
The inning got better when ninth-grader Ta’mya Johnson followed with another two-out double that score two more runs.
“Freshman coming up doing big,” Layne noted, “and Kristen Walker, a senior, came up huge. I knew she could do it.”
For Layne to reach her goal of winning her first game against Munford, she needed three more outs. The junior ace got the outs including two strikeouts.
“It takes a whole team,” Layne concluded. “This win felt so good. I was so confident in my team, I knew we could do it. We came through and got a win. It’s time to build off this.”