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August 13, 2013

Prep roundup: Lady Bruins top Coahulla Creek in softball opener

VARNELL — Josh Swiney couldn’t have asked for a much bigger challenge in his debut as Coahulla Creek High School’s softball coach than facing a cross-county rival that also happens to be the 2012 Class 4A state champion.

But that was the task Monday afternoon as Northwest Whitfield came across the north part of the county, and for three innings, Swiney’s Lady Colts held their own.

Then Northwest’s offense woke up.

Senior third baseman Mallory Souther blasted a two-run home run as part of a 2-for-3 day and BriLeigh Baggett gave up just two hits as the Lady Bruins used a four-run fourth inning to pull away in a 9-1 mercy-rule win in five innings.

Despite her big effort, Souther said it took a while for first-game anxiety to subside.

“It was a big crowd, and I am not sure that we were ready for that,” she said. “I think it was a little jitters in the stomach, but I think once we got through the lineup, we settled down.”

Lady Bruins coach Jason Brooker said his team had a 2-for-3 day all the way around.

“There are three phases to softball, and we outhit them and outpitched them,” Brooker said. “But they played a lot better defensively than we did.”

Northwest also had a lapse on the basepaths — a run was erased from the scoreboard in the second inning when the Lady Bruins’ Alyssa Ward left early from third while trying to score on Bayli Cruse’s one-out liner to center with the bases loaded. But none of the fielding errors Brooker referred to came back to haunt the Lady Bruins.

For Coahulla Creek, it was the walks, wild pitches and passed balls that hurt early. Pitcher Erin Harden held the Northwest offense to only four hits in three innings of work, but she had four walks and hit two batters.

The Lady Bruins scored a run in the first without benefit of a hit as Colbie Thomas led the game off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.

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