Brookhaven beats WC|[10/06/06]
Published 12:00 am Friday, October 6, 2006
Brookhaven had very little to play for other than pride but it was enough to spoil senior day for the Warren Central Lady Vikes Thursday.
The Lady Panthers (20-8) rallied from a 5-3 deficit with a three-run sixth inning to beat WC 7-5 at Lady Vikes Field. The loss was the second straight for WC (19-7) as it heads into the Class 5A playoffs on Tuesday at home against George County.
“It wasn’t a good senior night, and we also wanted to get our 20th win of the season,” WC coach Lucy Young said. “Brookhaven was playing for pride after missing the playoffs in a tough division that has Florence and Lawrence County, but I thought we should’ve played with more intensity.
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“We started out well and put some runs up, then we’d dropped off, forcing us to try and make a heroic effort at the end. We can’t drop our guard like that or we won’t make the second round of the playoffs,” Young added.
Brookhaven’s bottom three in the lineup helped produce the three-run rally that erased the Lady Vikes’ lead. With the bases loaded and one out, Hannah Lowman sent a hit into left field. WC outfielder Tiffany Fuller tried to get Georgie Ray Rainer out at third but the throw sailed over the bag, allowing Ray to score and tie the game at 5-5.
Jordan Beeson, who reached third on the error, then scored on Terri Hodges’ fly out to right to make it 6-5.
Brookhaven tacked on a run in the seventh when Cristi Martin tripled and then scored on a single by Stevie Wright.
In the bottom of the seventh, Keke Prentiss belted a ball to left-center for extra bases. Prentiss was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple.
“The ball got back in awfully quick and Keke had a lot of momentum, but down two runs and getting a lead off double, it would’ve been good to have held her up,” Young said.
Not settling for the double hurt, because Fatima Chase followed with a single and Mary Griffing reached on an error.
Chase, though, was stranded on third after a fielder’s choice and fly out to left ended the WC threat.