Brandon blanks WC, 10-0|Prep softball

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 2, 2009

BRANDON — Shutouts don’t happen often in slow-pitch softball — unless Brandon High School is involved.Then, they seem to happen every day.

Amber Adcock went 4-for-4 and scored three runs, Katie Caldwell and Ashley Sistrunk each had two RBIs, and Brandon hammered Warren Central 10-0 on Tuesday. It was Brandon’s third consecutive shutout, and another lost day at the plate for WC.

The Lady Vikes (2-5) only managed to get four hits, following up a forgettable Saturday at their own tournament with a less-than-memorable evening.

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“Our hitting is our downfall. We’re going to make some errors, but we can cover up for that as long as we’re hitting,” WC coach Lucy Young said. “We’re so inconsistent. When our top four batters aren’t putting the ball in play, it’s hard to generate runs. We’re waiting too long on some pitches, then laying off some we ought to take.”

Brandon (7-1) broke the game open with a six-run third inning that, for Warren Central, was like a death by a thousand paper cuts. Eight straight batters reached base for the Lady Bulldogs on seven singles and a walk. The last five singles, along with an error, all brought in runs and put Brandon ahead 7-0.

“That was just beautiful hitting. That’s one of our goals is, when the other team scores, let them earn it,” said Young, whose team committed 25 errors in its first four games but only had two on Tuesday.

Brandon added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before finishing it by run-rule in the sixth. Adcock delivered a one-out double, then Amber McBroom crushed a triple to the fence — her third hit of the game — to bring in the clinching run.

The two extra-base hits were two more than the Lady Vikes could muster. All four of their hits were singles, and none of them came in the same inning. The closest WC came to scoring was the second inning, when Krista Cortezie reached on a single and ended up at third on a botched fielder’s choice. With one out, Kylie Wells lifted a fly ball to McBroom in left. McBroom caught it, then fired a strike to the plate to cut down Cortezie, who was trying to tag from third.

No other WC runners got past second base.

“I was hoping we’d go the full seven with them just to give us more time at the plate,” Young said. “They have a great attitude. At this point we just haven’t broken the ice on what it takes to hit well.”