The Briarwood Lady Bucs defeated the Lady Crusaders of Curtis Baptist in softball action Sept. 1, by a score of 12-4.
Neither team scored in the first two innings, but an explosive third inning put the Lady Bucs up by 7-0. Assisted by several errors by Curtis Baptist, the inning included a 2-RBI double by pitcher Maegan Bently, an RBI single by Brooke McGahee, and a 30-RBI inside-the-park home run by eighth-grader Briana Hudson.
The 13-year-old Hudson was playing just her second game on the varsity team.
"When I hit it I saw that it was out in right field rolling for the corner," Hudson said following the game. "I kept watching the coaches and they kept giving me the signal to keep running. But I didn't even start to think about it being a home run until I was headed for home and saw nobody was there covering the plate."
Curtis Baptist did mount an attempt at a come-back, scoring two runs of their own in the third inning, but were only able to generate two more in the remaining innings. Briarwood continued adding runs with RBI singles by Cameron Stadler, Copeland Price and Brooke McGahee, and a 2-RBI triple by Kris Dawson, and the game ended after seven with Briarwood up 12-4.
"We actually scored more on their errors than on our hitting," said head coach Hannah DeMore after the game. "We didn't hit the ball great, though we did hit better than we have. But it's not where we want it to be yet. We took advantage of their errors more than anything. We did have that inside-the-park home run by Brianna Hudson, and she is actually an eighth-grader that we just pulled up Tuesday, and she did really well for us."
"My goal for the team this year is to play as a team," DeMore said. "And that's just what they did today. Everybody played well together as a team."
With the victory, the Lady Bucs stand at 7-8 overall, and 1-0 in their region. Their next game is at home today against Thomas Jefferson Academy.