Bryan Station softball coach Brad White has heard umpires and opposing coaches say all year that the Lady Defenders didn't have the look of a winless team.
They didn't look that way against Tates Creek on Monday, either. They got solid pitching from junior Stephanie Hamilton, played solid, error-free defense and got timely hitting. Those factors finally added up to a win for Bryan Station, which scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on for a 3-1 victory.
"It feels really good," White said. "It's been a struggle. We've played some tough teams and hung close, but we just couldn't get over the hump and get it done. We've lost several games in the last inning. It just seemed like we always managed to come away with an 'L'. Today we were able to get it done."
Tates Creek struck first in the second when Hamilton's wild pitch allowed Ashley Block to score from third. But that was all the damage the Lady Commodores could do against Hamilton, who allowed only two hits and struck out seven in a strong seven-inning performance.
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"I felt pretty good out there," Hamilton said. "And I knew our bats would come alive eventually."
Bryan Station only got three hits, but they were all clutch. Constance Hughes delivered a single up the middle to score Suzanne Hall and tie the game at 1 in the fourth. Hamilton walked to lead off the fifth, and Casey Brock followed by slicing a triple to right field for a 2-1 lead. Brianna Hayes' sacrifice fly to center scored Brock and gave the Lady Defenders (1-15) an insurance run. Tates Creek fell to 3-19.
"They got the hits when they needed to," Tates Creek Coach Jeff Shearer said. "Our problem all year long has been consistency. We'll have games where we play good defense but don't hit, and then we'll have game where we score six or seven runs but don't play any 'D.' "
White said he hopes the win will give his team some momentum heading into the district tournament in three weeks.
"We've progressed one hundred fold," he said. "We've still got to a better job of hitting the ball, but we are getting better."
Tates Creek 010 000 0—1 2 1
Bryan Station 000 120 x—3 3 0
Yuttayong and Adams. Hamilton and Ellis. W—Hamilton. L—Yuttayong. 3B—Casey Brock (BS).
Records—Tates Creek 3-19; Bryan Station 1-15.