“She’s good about forgetting stuff and working what she did wrong. That’s what’s good about BriLeigh.”
Northwest has won 24 straight dating to last season’s Class 4A state championship team.
Southeast, meanwhile, struggled to get outs against Northwest’s lively bats, and Lady Raiders coach Kelley Barton said a big negative of the team’s performance was the effort.
“That’s what we’re going to work on and that’s the one thing they can control,” Barton said.
She added she didn’t think her players “believed” they could beat the Lady Bruins, and that held true even after taking the first-inning lead.
“We didn’t take that as, ‘OK, we can win this game,’” Barton added. “We took it as, ‘Let’s not lose this game.’ It’s just the way we approach the game. We have to change our attitude.”
Hannah Godfrey finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored for Northwest. Cruse went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, Ashley Conner finished 2-for-4 with two runs and Mallory Souther went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
Headrick finished 1-for-2 with a walk and was the only Southeast batter to reach base multiple times.
• Coahulla Creek 5, Gordon Central 4: The Lady Colts (9-3, 4-1 Region 5-3A) spotted the Lady Warriors four runs in the top of the first inning, but responded with four in the bottom half. From there, pitcher Erin Harden had it all under control.
“We responded well,” Coahulla Creek coach Josh Swiney said. “We fought back and hit the ball hard all night. I was real proud of how they answered after that first inning. Erin is really hitting her spots, and is just in a real groove.”
Harden went to the circle in relief of Nikki Hollis and gave up just two hits in six innings while striking out 15. That was more than enough to make the run the Lady Colts scored in the bottom of the second stand for the victory. Shelbe Dilbeck, who was 2-for-4, doubled to lead off the second inning and came in on Madeleine Kalafut’s game-winning single. Kalafut and Emily Banks were both 3-for-4 with an RBI. Harden was 2-for-3 and Baylee Adkins drove in a pair of runs.
• North Murray 12, Adairsville 0, four innings: Baylee Sutton was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs as the Lady Mountaineers (2-8) captured their first Region 5-3A win in four tries this season.
“The last few games we were settling for walks more than we wanted to hit the ball,” North Murray coach Steve Granger said. “We were aggressive at the plate today and dropped the ball in some holes and scored some runs.”
Amber Bandy was 2-for-2 and Sarah Silvers had a triple and scored a pair of runs.
• Ridgeland 12, Dalton 2, five innings: Ten of Ridgeland’s 12 runs were unearned as nine errors took away any chance for Dalton (2-8, 0-3 Sub-region 7B-4A) to get a victory over the Panthers. Ridgeland only outhit the Lady Catamounts 7-5, but the errors piled the runs up.
Carson Roberts (2-for-2) was the only Dalton player with a multiple-hit performance, while Alex Brumbelow was 1-for-1 with an RBI sacrifice fly.
• Trion 5, Christian Heritage 2: Erin Leonard pitched six innings for the Lady Lions (5-10, 0-3 Sub-region 6A-A), allowed three earned runs off eight hits and one walk while striking out eight. Hannah Heath pitched the seventh inning, allowing one hit.
Halle Poteet was 2-for-4. Heath went 3-for-3. Ashlyn Clements was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
“We made a couple huge base running mistakes that hurt us when we had some opportunities to score some more runs,” Christian Heritage coach Mike Leonard said.