Brandon eliminates WC from playoffs|[10/14/06]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 15, 2006

Warren Central’s slow-pitch softball team played out a similar sports scenario against Brandon on Saturday in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

The Lady Vikes (22-10) won the first game, lost a late lead and the second game and watched as Brandon took that second-game momentum for a 13-4 victory in the third game, eliminating the Lady Vikes from the playoffs.

Brandon, which lost the first game Saturday 4-3 and won the second 10-9, advance to play either Biloxi or Ocean Springs on Tuesday.

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&#8220They came out in that third game and jumped on us,” Warren Central coach Lucy Young said.

To get to the third game, the Lady Bulldogs battled back from a 9-7 deficit in the second game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie it. After retiring WC in the seventh, Amber McBroom reached on an error, advanced to third on a double and scored on April Steverson’s base hit for a 10-9 win.

They didn’t waste much time taking a lead in the third game. Whitney Warner’s two-RBI double highlighted a four-run, six hit first inning. Brandon added three more runs in the second before Warren Central managed to get a hit.

The Lady Vikes used a two-RBI single from Tiffany Fuller and a two-RBI double by Mandy Fuller to cut the deficit to 7-4 after the third inning.

The Lady Bulldogs added two runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Lindsey Keyes and Alicia Berry, the two top hitters on the team.

&#8220We were hoping to get them up with no one on,” Young said. &#8220Our gameplan was to make those two hitters beat us by themselves.”

The duo had two hits apiece and each drove in two runs in the third game.

Warren Central had runners on base in each of the last four innings, but had two thrown out at third and were hurt with a couple of costly baserunning blunders.

Meanwhile, Brandon put the finishing touches on a 20-hit afternoon with a single run in the fifth and three insurance runs in the seventh inning.

KeKe Prentiss led Warren Central with three singles in the deciding third game.

The Lady Vikes only lose two seniors heading into next year’s campaign and Young said the team should be strong.

&#8220We had a great season,” Young said. &#8220Any time you can win 20 games, it’s a great season. If all goes well, we will have a good group back next season.”