Medders leads Brookwood past American Christian Academy


 

BROOKWOOD | Amanda Medders pitched a complete game, scored a run and drove in one Tuesday to lead the Brookwood High School softball team to a 7-1 victory over American Christian Academy.

Medders (14-4) allowed seven hits and struck out six.

“She can make a strikeout,” Brookwood coach John Hooper said. “She has a changeup that does really good for her. She has a good balance of that along with letting her defense play. She trusts the girls behind her, and they make plays for her. You saw diving plays there in the last inning. We see that consistently where we have girls giving everything they have because they believe in her and she lets them play behind her.”

Brookwood (26-11) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Taylor Parker singled and wound up scoring on a sacrifice fly by Caitlin Headrick.

In the second, the Lady Panthers sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs.

“That’s been the case all year,” Hooper said. “We’ve had girls who put the ball in play when we’ve needed them to. We’ve got pretty consistent bats throughout the lineup that have done that. When they do get on a roll — four runs in one inning — they can really do some damage when they start getting in a groove like that.”

Codi Pierson and Lindsye Jefferson singled, and Micalah Watkins walked to load the bases. Senna Marchant put the ball in play with an infield grounder that allowed Pierson to score. Marchant reached first on an error as Jefferson scored. Parker singled to drive in Watkins. After Headrick walked, Mesha Martin, who ran for Marchant, scored on Cassidy Hutchins’ sacrifice fly to give Brookwood a 5-0 lead.

Medders doubled and scored on Bree Franklin’s single in the fifth. Headrick doubled and scored on Medders’ single in the sixth.

ACA (21-10) got its run in the third. Chandler Dare singled and stole second, and Rachel Skelton drove her in with a single.

The Lady Patriots left six runners on base.

“We’ve been struggling with that for the last couple of weeks,” ACA coach Billy White said. “We haven’t gotten that clutch hit where we could score a couple of runs, but I tip my hat to them. That’s a good team. They capitalized on our mistakes, and that’s what good teams do.”

Lashley Graham (12-7) pitched a complete game in taking the loss. She allowed 10 hits and four walks and struck out two.

ACA plays at Gordo on Monday. Brookwood plays at 

McAdory on Monday.

 

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