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By David Sharp
Green City and Brashear saw their season opening softball game postponed. The conference rivals rescheduled the contest for September 29, 2021. The teams battled until the final pitch.
Cassidy Althide reached on an error in the top of the sixth inning and scored ahead of a 1-3 double play for a 2-1 Brashear win. Olivia Morris doubled leading off the bottom of the sixth for Green City.
“I talk to my girls about some games where we are going to have to scratch and claw and fight for everything we are going to get,” Brashear coach Chelsea Clark said. “Maybe, as a Coach I should put that small ball stuff in the lineup more quickly. I appreciate my girls go out there and execute when I need them to.”
Freshman Lily Helton stepped up and tripled Morris home with two out in the inning for the lone Gopher run. Both sides threatened to score throughout the game. Brashear pitcher Alexa Borgmeyer and Green City left hander Maddie Lunsford rose to the occasion several times throughout the evening.
Brashear loaded the bases in the second inning but did not score. Haley McNamar doubled off Maddie Lunsford leading off the Tiger second. Sierra Snyder followed with a base hit.
Kynleigh White walked filling the sacks with nobody out. Paige Pialet fielded a ground ball at first base and cut the Tiger runner down at the plate for the first out. Maddie Lunsford fanned a batter for the second out.
Cassidy Althide reached base on a fielder’s choice. Maddie Lunsford’s third strikeout in two innings ended the threat. Paige Pialet doubled and went to third base on a passed ball.
Tayla Garlock robbed Meranda Lewis of a hit and an RBI with a nice catch in right field for the final out of the Green City third. Alexa Borgmeyer walked and scored the game’s first run on Sierra Snyder’s two out hit in the third inning.
“I feel like our excitement level was very high tonight compared to the last couple of games,” Chelsea Clark said. “It’s always a good game when you can battle like that and come out on the good side of it.”
Brashear put their first two batters on base in the top of the fourth inning. Tayla Garlock walked leading off the inning. Cassidy Althide drew an error. The Tigers had runners on second and third base.
Two ground balls and a strikeout ended the inning with no scoring. Sierra Snyder drew a fifth inning error but was stranded on second base in a scoreless fifth inning. Brashear had the bases loaded after scoring what proved to be the winning run in the sixth inning.