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South Sumter ends Tornadoes’ season again

Lainie Rodgers hits a single in the first inning.

Lainie Rodgers hits a single in the first inning.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY
Staff Writer

Bradford High School scored the first two runs, but could not hold on despite pitcher Shelby Wilkison giving up just three hits, losing 4-2 to South Sumter in a Region 2-4A softball quarterfinal game on April 23 in Bushnell.

It was the second straight year the Tornadoes (20-6) were put out in the quarterfinals by South Sumter.

Taylor Cruce drove in both Bradford runs, hitting a sacrifice fly in the first inning that scored Megan Farmer and hitting a fly ball that dropped in shallow left field for a single that scored Jaci Atkinson in the third.

The Tornadoes only had four hits against South Sumter pitcher Courtney Tidwell, who didn’t allow a hit in the final four innings.

Walks proved to be costly for Bradford. South Sumter (23-3) drew seven in all, including three in the third inning in which the Raiders scored all of their runs. They drew a bases-loaded walk to score one run and also took advantage of two doubles and an error.

The Raiders also loaded the bases in the second and fourth innings, but failed to score.
Wilkison finished with seven strikeouts.

Jaci Atkinson takes a lead at second and would eventually score on a single by Taylor Cruce.

Jaci Atkinson takes a lead at second and would eventually score on a single by Taylor Cruce.

Megan Farmer stands at third in the first inning. She would score on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Cruce.

Megan Farmer stands at third in the first inning. She would score on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Cruce.

Catcher Annie Luke (left) has a discussion with pitcher Shelby Wilkison.

Catcher Annie Luke (left) has a discussion with pitcher Shelby Wilkison.

Harli Phillips had one of Bradford’s four hits and the Tornadoes’ only extra-base hit—a double.

Harli Phillips had one of Bradford’s four hits and the Tornadoes’ only extra-base hit—a double.

Megan Farmer watches a pitch come across the plate.

Megan Farmer watches a pitch come across the plate.

Head coach Daniel Davis chats with (l-r) Annie Luke, Jordan Davis, Megan Farmer, Taylor Cruce and Shelby Wilkison during a time out.

Head coach Daniel Davis chats with (l-r) Annie Luke, Jordan Davis, Megan Farmer, Taylor Cruce and Shelby Wilkison during a time out.

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