South Sumter ends Tornadoes’ season again
BY CLIFF SMELLEY
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.