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Tornadoes rally in 7th for 3-2 regional win


Regional News/Sports Editor

Jordan Davis hit a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the seventh to score two runs and give the Bradford High softball team a 3-2 win over visiting South Sumter in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game on April 25.

Bradford (26-2) trailed 2-1, but strung together four hits, with Annie Luke, Taylor Cruce and Lainie Rodgers each hitting a single before Davis hit her game winner inside the third-base line.

“I just took a deep breath and calmed my nerves,” Davis said. “I just relaxed in the box, watched and reacted.”

Her reaction led the Tornadoes to their second straight seventh-inning win after defeating Keystone Heights 4-3 in the District 5 championship game on April 19.

Bradford head coach Daniel Davis said he was nervous, of course, but added that this season has taught him his team can come through when it needs to.

“They’ve done it enough,” he said. “I’m never going to doubt them.”

Cruce and Rodgers each went 3-for-4, while Ashton Adkins went 2-for-3.

Adkins earned the win in the circle, giving up seven hits and one walk.

The Tornadoes will either host Keystone or travel to Mount Dora for a semifinal game on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m.

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