Bears Rally To Beat Lady Blue Devils For Second Place

 

May 6, 2019

Jeremiah Reed

Hannah Cabe fires to first base for an out during last Thursday's home game against Pisgah. Brevard took an early 2-0 lead over the Bears, but Pisgah stormed back to win 6-3, denying the Lady Blue Devils second place in the Mountain Six Conference.

With second place in the Mountain Six Conference on the line, the Brevard Lady Blue Devils took early control of their destiny last Thursday against Pisgah.

Unfortunately, the Bears came up with a rally to score the 6-3 comeback victory and drop Brevard to third in the final standings.

The game shaped up to be a defensive battle early on, as Brevard starter Sydney Gilbert recorded two strikeouts in the first inning, retiring the side in order.

Brevard got on the board in the bottom of the first after an infield error on a hit by Gilbert that allowed Makenna Wilson to cross the plate.

Neither side mustered up much offense over the next few innings, until Brevard got runners to first and second with one out in the bottom of the third.

After a walk loaded the bases, Gilbert had another RBI on an infield grounder that made the score 2-0.

But Pisgah quickly turned the game around in the top of the fourth after two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out.

A single up the middle on the next at bat tied things up at 2-2.

The Bears went back to work in the fifth, as the leadoff batter slapped a single before stealing second base and scoring on an RBI hit.

An infield error later in the inning let Pisgah double their lead to 4-2.

The Lady Blue Devils cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame as Wilson singled to score Hannah Cabe.

But just when it looked like Brevard was ready to make it a game, disaster struck in the top of the sixth.

With a runner on first and two outs, a Pisgah batter drew a walk.

However, miscommunication on the field caused an errant throw to second base, which sailed into the outfield, allowing both runners to advance 60 feet.

That proved to be a pivotal moment in the game, as the next batter singled, driving both runs across the plate and putting Pisgah in the driver's seat at 6-3.

Try as they might, Brevard couldn't get the bats going in over the final two innings, ultimately suffering the loss.

The victory gave Pisgah and Brevard identical conference records, but the Bears held a 2-1 tiebreaker over the Lady Blue Devils.

Brevard finished the regular season with a 16-6 record, including a 10-5 mark in the Mountain Six Conference.

Unfortunately, Thursday's loss proved to be costly, particularly for Brevard's playoff chances.

The Lady Blue Devils still made the cut for the preliminary 2A bracket that was released on Monday, but Pisgah finished eight spots ahead of Brevard, receiving a 10 seed, and a home game, while the Lady Blue Devils dropped all the way to an 18 seed, and will have to hit road to take on 15 seed Chase on Tuesday.


(Editor's Note: Preliminary brackets are subject to change.

Final playoff brackets will be published on the "Transylvania Sports" Facebook page.)

 
 

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