Bearette bat struggles continue

By JOE CANNON joe.cannon@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 4/21/17

For the second straight night, the Bradley Central softball bats struggled as they took another District 5-AAA home loss on the chin Thursday evening.

“We’ve had 14 innings of bad …

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For the second straight night, the Bradley Central softball bats struggled as they took another District 5-AAA home loss on the chin Thursday evening.

“We’ve had 14 innings of bad hitting,” proclaimed Bearette head coach Adam McClary, after a 6-2 defeat at the hands of East Hamilton.

“We are swinging out of our zone. We just haven’t had a very good performance at the plate the last two nights,” he said, also referring to Wednesday’s 5-2 loss against Walker Valley.

“Once again, one bad inning hurt us. We let them score four times on some of our mistakes in the third inning, and that was the difference in the game.”

Bradley (7-17, 2-6 District 5-AAA) will try to right the ship this evening, but the challenge is daunting as nationally ranked Ooltewah (17-4, 6-1), which was one walk from a perfect game in a 13-0 thrashing of Cleveland Wednesday night, comes calling.

East Hamilton got on the board in the game’s first at bats after a pair of Bearette miscues.

Miracle Gorman opened the game with a double and then scored on a throwing error after Whitney Richardson laid down a bunt.

Richardson, who went to second on the miscue, immediately advanced to third on a second throwing error on the play, but when she tried to score, she was gunned down at the plate.

Abbey Harden got the big Lady Hurricane rally going when she led off the top of the third with a two-bagger. After she was bunted to third, she scored on a perfect squeeze bunt by Gorman, who was safe on the fielder’s choice throw.

Two of the three Rogers sisters of EH then accounted for the other three runs in the inning as Syvanna plated Gorman with a single and Sydnie drove in a pair of teammates with a double to the left-center field gap.

The Bearettes got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning when Emily White broke up Syerra Rogers’ no-hitter with two out single to plate Aubreigh Marchese, who had drawn a walk and stolen second.

White came around to score in a throwing error on a ball hit by Savannah Lewis.

The visitors tacked on a final run in the top of the fifth with a trio of singles before Syerra Rogers drew a bases-loaded walk.

Syerra Rogers worked the circle for the victors, striking out 10, but walking eight while allowing a trio of hits in the complete game effort.

Motlow State commit Jenn Corbitt reached base three times for the Bearettes, all on walks, plus she stole a base.

White was 1-for-2 with a free pass, a run scored and a “ribbee,” while Lowe was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Corbitt pitched the first half dozen frames for the hosts, with a pair of K’s, two walks and a couple of hit batsmen, before Bailey Rogers came on to get the final three outs with a strikeout and a pair of grounders. She did give up a two-out hit, but the runner was stranded.

GAME SUMMARY

East Hamilton 104 010 0 — 6 8 1

Bradley Central 000 200 0 — 2 3 2

WP: Syerra Rogers 7.0 IP, 10 K’s, 8 BB, 3 hits, 1 ER; LP: Jenn Corbitt 6 IP, 2 K’s, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 7 hits, 5 ER. 2B: Miracle Gorman, Abbi Harden, Sydnie Rogers (EH). RBIs: Sydnie Rogers 2, Syvanna Rogers, Gorman, Syrerra Rogers (EH); Emily White (BC). Highlights: Gorman 1-2,2B, HBP, 2 runs; Whitney Richardson 1-4, RE, 2 runs; Sydnie Rogers 1-4, 2B 2 RBI; Syvanna Rogers 2-4, RBI; Syerra Rogers 1-3, BB; Shelby Sholtz 1-3, HBP (EH); Lowe 1-3, BB; Jenn Corbitt 3 BB, SB; White 1-2, BB, RBI, run; Marlee Montgomery 1-4 (BC). LOB: EH 7; BC 10. Records: East Hamilton 10-12, 3-5 District 5-AAA; Bradley Central 7-17, 2-6 District 5-AAA.

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