By Thomas Sellers Jr.
When we last left the rivalry, the Munford Lady Cougars were celebrating at home plate of the Munford Softball Field April 5 after senior Kelsey Frizzell crushed a game-winning homer.
The 12-11 walk-off victory for the Lady Cougars set the table for the April 17 rematch with the Brighton Lady Cardinals in Brighton.
Once again the Lady Cardinals scored 11 runs and this time held the Lady Cougars to just one big inning to prevail 11-4.
“A big game for us,” Brighton Head Coach Robin Jacobs said. “We scored 11 runs. One inning both of us made errors to allow each other to score. So that canceled out. After that, both teams played pretty decently. We both hit the ball well.
“They’ll be back liked we planned on coming back,” he continued. “We know the rubber match will be in the district tournament. It might be for the championship. I hope it is. That would be great.”
In Game Two, Brighton jumped out early with three runs in the first inning. Lady Cardinal pitcher Hannah Benard drove in the first two runners of Caylee Comer and Currie McIntyre. Brighton went ahead 3-0 when Gracie Poirier crossed home plate on a pass ball.
The Lady Cardinals added three more runs in the second inning starting with a Comer double driving in Teanna Johnson and Kailey Hunt who reached base with singles. Moments later Comer touched home to make the score 6-0 courtesy of an error.
The Lady Cougars rallied in the top of the third inning with 4 runs sparked by a Mattie Rittinger single. Munford Vada Butler drove in her team’s first run. Then the big blow came off the bat of Makayla Pugh with a double clearing the loaded bases.
In the previous game Brighton jumped out early with a big lead and watched it disappeared over the course of seven innings. The fourth inning of the rematch gave the Lady Cardinals an opportunity to give pitcher Benard some security.
Benard drove in the seventh run for Brighton on a fielder’s choice. The next batter Haley Simpson smacked a single to drive in McIntyre and Poirier to make the tally 9-4.
Brighton closed out the scoring in the fifth inning when Comer drove in a RBI with a ground ball. And McIntyre singled in Ta’mya Johnson to make the final 11-4.
The victory improved the Lady Cardinals to 12-8 overall and 4-2 in District 13-3A. Brighton’s win kept its hopes alive for winning the regular-season district crown. Jacobs said more importantly the Munford triumph will increase the confidence of his senior pitcher heading into May.
“It was a good win for Hannah,” he concluded. “Hannah pitched in all three district games and she has an ERA of 1 run. The three runs they scored in that inning were off errors.”
By Thomas Sellers Jr.