Bearcats take Lower State Championship
Prior to Friday night's Lower State final, May 15, Brookland- Cayce honored coach Richard Lundy for reaching 500 career wins earlier this month.
The Bearcats then gave their coach his seventh Lower State title, though they needed two games against Midland Valley to do it.
Sophomore Chandler Terrapin threw a three- hit shutout, including nine strikeouts, and homered in the third inning of a 1- 0 victory.
"I thought they would keep fighting (after the homer), but I felt we were getting hits, making defensive plays and feeling confident," Terrapin said.
The 1- 0 outcome was the teams' third in six meetings this season. Midland Valley won both of their Region 5- 3A games 1- 0. The Bearcats claimed three- run victories in a regular- season tournament and earlier in the postseason.
"We finally came out on the winning end of a 1- 0 game," Lundy said. "I never thought that home run would beat them."
Midland Valley forced a second and decisive game by scoring three runs in the first inning and holding on 4- 3 in the first game.
After giving up a third- inning home run to Courtney Howell in that opener, Terrapin (22- 8) retired 13 of the game's final 14 batters. In the second game, she retired 16 of 17 from the first inning through the sixth, including the final 14 in that span. She ended the game on a called third strike while the potential tying run was on third.
Terrapin also led the way offensively, going 3-for-7 in the doubleheader.
The only other Bearcat with more than two hits on the night was seventh-grader Caroline Reed, who also went 3-for-7.
"I try to forget about everything around me and just focus on tracking the ball and making contact," Reed said.
The Bearcats finished with 14 hits between the two games.