Lady Braves Earn Second Win of the Season
Submitted by BMS Coaching Staff
The Bridgeport Lady Braves traveled Wednesday afternoon to Lewis County to take on the Robert L. Bland Lady Patriots. For Bridgeport Middle School (BMS) it was their third game of the season and their second road game.
The Lady Braves started the game by scoring six runs in the first inning on four hits. The key hits were singles by Caty Dennison and Starr Pope and a double by Laiken Cook. Those crossing the plate were Falon Snodgrass, Kat Fortney, Katelyn Stanley, Dennison, Cook, and Pope.
BMS scored two more runs in the third inning. With one out, Pope reached base on a Lady Patriots error. She promptly stole second and scored on a single by Rahvin Hardman. Hardman then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Raeanne Beckner was the next batter and she brought Hardman home when she reached on an infield throwing error.
In the bottom of the third, the Lady Patriots joined the scoring with three runs. Back-to-back walks to Hudson and Vandall opened the home third. They scored on a double by Pritt. A pass ball and wild pitch allowed Pritt to score. That made the score 8-3 in favor of BMS.
The Lady Patriots continued their scoring in the fourth inning. Stutler started the frame with a two base hit and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Post then hit an infield grounder but BMS was unable to cut down Stutler trying to score. Post moved to second base on a pass ball. With one out, Hudson then reached base on a BMS fielding error that allowed Post to score. One out later, Hudson moved to second base on BMS wild pitch. Pritt followed by hitting a grounder down the first base line that BMS did not field and the ball ended rolling into right field. Hudson scored on the play while Pritt was thrown out attempting to reach third base on the play.
The Lady Braves scored one run in the sixth. Stanley walked to start the inning. She advanced to second on a ground out and to third on a wild pitch. Cook then grounded out to second with Stanley scoring on the play.
BMS added five insurance runs in the seventh. Consecutive one out walks to Snodgrass and Fortney were followed by a triple by Stanley scoring both base runners. Dennison followed with another walk. A pass ball allowed Stanley to score and Dennison to move to second base. One out later, Pope walked and then stole second base. Hardman followed with a single scoring both Dennison and Pope. That made the score the Lady Braves 14 and the Lady Patriots 6 and that was the final score.
Dennison was the starting pitcher and pitched the complete game victory. The win by the Lady Braves improved Dennison’s record to 1-1. In her seven innings of work, Dennison gave up 6 runs, 3 of which were earned runs, 3 hits, 3 walks, and recorded 14 strike outs. In her 13 innings of pitching this season, she has struck out a total of 27 batters.
The Lady Braves return to action with two games next week. On Monday, April 14, they will host the Lumberport Lady Eagles at the Bridgeport Softball Field. The next day, they travel to play the Washington Irving Hill Toppers. Game time for both games is 4:30 p.m.
by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 10, 2014 EST