Brandon bludgeons Warren Central

Published 12:03 pm Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Warren Central played well early and late, but it was the middle innings where visiting Brandon did most of its damage.

Brandon (6-2) scored 10 runs over the third and fourth innings and went on to post an 18-12 win Tuesday night against the Lady Vikes (4-4) at Lucy Young Field. The Lady Bulldogs got a two-run homer from Breanna Glenn and an error-aided, bases-clearing hit from Anne Smith to beat the Lady Vikes.

Down 18-7, the Lady Vikes did rally for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to account for the final. The late rally seemed to lift coach Dana McGivney’s spirits about her club.

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“We started off well and finished well,” McGivney said. “We just had a few lapses there in the middle innings. I just want to see us play seven innings. If we can play seven full innings, we can be a good team.”

Triples by Sydnei Smith and Karleigh Hinson helped WC build a 6-2 lead after two innings. Brandon began its comeback in the third, striking for six runs — three of them coming across on a triple by Casey Goettrel that put the Lady Bulldogs ahead 8-6.

Brandon scored four more runs in the fourth to take a 12-6 lead, as Anne Smith’s two-run single got by a WC outfielder to clear the bases. Glenn had her inside-the-park home run in the seventh and two more runs made it 18-7.

WC’s last at-bat saw Alexis Patterson and Chelsea Worley reach on singles. Patterson scored on an error, while Mary Mullen knocked in Worley with her third hit of the game. Worley and Ratliff also scored off a walk and a hit by Lexie Burleigh. Mullen scored the last run to make it 18-12 after Katie Channel’s bases-loaded walk.

“We got down by 11, but by working hard, we got it back to six runs there in the seventh inning,” McGivney said.

Neither McGivney nor Brandon coach Richard Joiner were happy with the umpires. Both pitchers combined to issue 19 walks.

“I can understand a ball hitting a bag and not getting it right, but you can’t argue balls and strikes,” Joiner said. “It was hard to get people out. We just battled back after we got down 6-2.”

Brandon finished with 17 hits. Glenn was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, Smith had three hits and three runs scored, while Goettrel had two hits and three RBIs.

WC was led by Mullen with three hits and two RBIs. Burleigh had two hits and scored two runs, while Smith had a triple and scored twice. Hinson knocked in three runs with her second-inning triple and added a sixth-inning RBI off a fielder’s choice.