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BREAKING NEWS: Lady Cardinals are heading to State in softball

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Lady Cardinals Courtesy Runner Lady Cardinals rally Lady Cardinals safe at second Lady Cardinals Seeley Layne Lady Cardinals State BoundFor the first time since 2010, the Brighton Lady Cardinals are heading back to the Class 3A State Softball Tournament.

With a dominating 15-0 win over the Houston Lady Mustangs in this afternoon’s Sub-State contest, Head Coach Robin Jacob’s Lady Cardinals have earned a spot in the final eight in next week’s State Tournament.

“Whoever we got today was going to get both barrels,” Jacobs said. “They were going to get our best. It did bother them a lot. It bothered Seeley. It bothered my juniors. We didn’t get to finish that game. We felt we could have won. If it hadn’t been 4-3 with a batter on base. We felt we had a chance. We’re just proud we had a chance to get back and be one of the Elite Eight teams again.”

Back in 2010, All-State pitcher Leanna Coulston sparked her Brighton team to State. In similar fashion, Seeley Layne was the leader in the pitching circle for the 2016 squad.

Layne won her 26th game of the season and 63rd in her career striking out several Houston batters. Layne’s win puts her one behind Coultson’s all-time school record.

Brighton had offense supplied by Layne as well when she drove in the first run of the contest in the first inning. Then her teammate Marisa Moss singled to drive in a run to make the score 2-0.

The Lady Cardinals led 5-0 after one inning.

Brighton scored 7 runs in the second inning starting with a Haley Rider single. The final two runs of the frame came courtesy of Ta’mya Johnson driving in a pair of runners with a single.

In the fourth inning Brighton’s 12-0 advantage put them three runs away from ending the game by the mercy rule.

Hannah Benard struck a big blow with a two-run double. Moments later with a runner on third, Layne came to the plate with a chance to secure her team a spot in State.

With a ground ball and reaching first base safely, Layne delivered and the Lady Cardinals were heading to Murfreesboro.

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