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BHS remains undefeated with 6-1 district win over KHHS

Bradford third baseman Taylor Cruce

Bradford third baseman Taylor Cruce


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Harli Phillips broke open a close game with a three-run double in the top of the sixth inning as the Bradford High School softball team improved to 3-0 in District 5-4A with a 6-1 win over host Keystone Heights on Feb. 27.

The Tornadoes (7-0) led just 2-1, but loaded the bases in the sixth, with Taylor Cruce drawing a walk, Shelby Wilkison hitting a single and Sabina Watson reaching on an error. That set the stage for Phillips’ bases-clearing hit, which put Bradford up 5-1.

Cruce and Jordan Davis went 3-for-3 and 3-for-4, respectively, but the rest of the Bradford lineup managed just four hits against Keystone pitcher Megan Moncrief, who had eight strikeouts.

Cruce, Megan Farmer and Lainie Rodgers each had an RBI for Bradford.

Keystone, which fell to 3-2 in the district, scored its lone run in the fifth. Bailey Story was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, followed by Skylar Rollins reaching on an error. Molly Crawford’s single loaded the bases, with Taylor Morris drawing a walk to force a run home.

The Indians had just four hits against Bradford pitcher Shelby Wilkison, who had eight strikeouts.

Bradford pitcher Shelby Wilkison

Bradford pitcher Shelby Wilkison

Keystone’s Breanna Wells

Keystone’s Breanna Wells

Bradford’s Sabina Watson

Bradford’s Sabina Watson

Second baseman Lainie Rodgers prepares to field the ball for the Tornadoes.

Second baseman Lainie Rodgers prepares to field the ball for the Tornadoes.

Bradford’s Harli Phillips (shown during warm-ups in the outfield) hit a three-run double to break the game open in the sixth inning.

Bradford’s Harli Phillips (shown during warm-ups in the outfield) hit a three-run double to break the game open in the sixth inning.

Keystone pitcher Megan Moncrief

Keystone pitcher Megan Moncrief

Ashleigh Jennings prepares to make contact for the Indians.

Ashleigh Jennings prepares to make contact for the Indians.

Megan Farmer takes a swing for Bradford.

Megan Farmer takes a swing for Bradford.

Keystone’s Molly Crawford puts the ball into play before reaching on an error in the first inning.

Keystone’s Molly Crawford puts the ball into play before reaching on an error in the first inning.

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