Brandon beats WC for title|PREP SOFTBALL

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Warren Central needed to beat Brandon by five runs or more on Tuesday to catch the Lady Bulldogs and win the Division 6-5A championship.

It was like a horse and buggy trying to catch a Ferrari.

Brandon belted 22 hits and blew the game open with a nine-run fourth inning en route to an 18-4 demolition of Warren Central at Lucy Young Field. The top four batters in Brandon’s order went a combined 11-for-16 with a home run, two triples, two doubles, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored. Every batter in Brandon’s order had at least one hit, however.

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“We’d been keeping up with them, and the last three games they hadn’t hit at all. Tonight they got in a zone and did some beautiful hitting,” Warren Central coach Lucy Young said. “You hit like that every game and you wouldn’t have a loss.”

The victory gave Brandon (9-7, 2-0) the division title and a first-round home playoff series against the Division 8-5A runner-up — either Biloxi, Hattiesburg or Harrison Central. Warren Central (10-6, 0-2) finishes second in the division and will travel to face the 8-5A winner in the first round.

Warren Central started off strong on Tuesday. Chelsea Worley led off the bottom of the first with a single and scored on another single by Anna Griffing to give the Lady Vikes a 1-0 lead.

That was the score until the top of the third, when Brandon went ahead for good. With a runner on first and one out, leadoff hitter Ashley Sistrunk hit a sharp grounder just inside the third base bag. It rolled all the way to the left field corner, and Sistrunk circled the bases for a two-run inside-the-park homer.

Brandon added three more unearned runs, all with two outs, to take a 5-1 lead.

WC got a run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Kaitlyn Patton, who went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Brandon sent 14 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth, however, and scored nine runs to bust the game wide open.