By Thomas Sellers Jr.
SOUTHAVEN, Miss – Last week began with a high for the Brighton Lady Cardinals beating Region rival the Arlington Lady Tigers.
Then on March 30 the Lady Cardinals took on district and county rival Munford. The Lady Cougars edged out Brighton 3-2. Looking to rebound, Brighton traveled to Southaven, Miss., for the 2016 Southaven Softball Tournament.
Brighton Head Coach Robin Jacobs gave quick recap of the week after his squad won their opener 6-0 over the Olive Branch Conquistadors.
“Against Munford, that was a big district game for us,” he said. “We did play good until the sixth and seventh innings. We escaped the sixth inning and then they got that big hit with their last batter.
“ We had runners on second and third with one out,” Jacobs continued. “It was in our hands but we just didn’t come through. You play enough, that’s going to happen some. We have to move on from that and build. We have to play them again next week.”
The Lady Cardinals have taken on tough competition from across the United States. The win over Mississippi’s Olive Branch improved Brighton 10-5 overall.
Including the Munford defeat, the Lady Cardinals dropped games to teams from Indiana, Wisconsin, Alabama and Coffee County.
The Conquistadors wanted to be loss No. 6 for Brighton at the Southaven Tournament. Instead the Lady Cardinals beat them 6-0 starting with a 2-run single by Seeley Layne in the first inning.
Brighton added another run in the second inning when Haley Rider stood at home plate and watched a pitch fly toward the backstop. Amanda Perry raced in from third base to make the score 3-0.
Throughout the game Layne kept Olive Branch in neutral with blazing fast balls and timely change-ups.
The Lady Cardinals iced the game in the fourth inning when Gracie Poirier crushed a double to drive in a run. Moments later Marisa Moss stroked a single to score a pair of teammates.
“We always play some good teams down here,” Jacobs said. “We have to keep going on. Our schedule doesn’t get any easier with Munford again. Then we’ll have Dyer County again and Hardin County.
“But this is the team we’ve been looking for,” he concluded. “It’s talented. So we’re going to keep moving forward.”