Lady Raiders split doubledip with Bradford

BROOKVILLE — Senior Night was bittersweet for senior outfielder Chey Ross and the rest of Brookville softball team Wednesday afternoon in Brookville.

Ross was happy she tripled and drove in a run and helped the team win Game One 8-2, but was equally as frustrated that the Lady Raiders (3-8) fell to Bradford 15-4 in six innings in the Game Two.

"It felt really good to be able to hit and score off it, too," Ross said. "I thought the first game would be a booster. I don't know what changed (in the second game). We need to pick it up."

After the doubleheader, both Chey's father and Brookville coach, Earl Ross, talked to the team about staying focused.

"I'm hoping to finish the season strong, to play hard and play like we love softball," Chey Ross said. "I told them to pick it up and work harder."

Brookville honored three seniors — Ross, Tonya Shaffer and Kate Meyers. Ross and Shaffer were both able to pick up triples.

Earl Ross said he was pleased with how his seniors lead the team this season.

"I've coached Chey for about seven years, and Tonya and Kate for about three years now," he said. "They're all very polite and are nice young ladies. They were a good group of kids."

Brookville won the first game behind a strong pitching performance from Stefany Alexander, who allowed two runs in seven innings pitched, while striking out four.

The Lady Raiders' offense also provided a lot of run support. Brookville jumped out to a 3-0 lead through four innings. After allowing two runs in the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Raiders scored three in the fifth and two in the sixth and seventh to earn an 8-2 win.

Kacey Osborne, Abby Beatty, Brianne Geer and Chey Ross all drove in runs for Brookville in Game One. Beatty also picked up an extra-base hit with a triple in the fifth inning.

"In the first game, we played very well and deserved to win. Stefany pitched really well," Earl Ross said. "The girls were concentrating and playing hard."

Between games, the momentum seemed to shift to the Lady Owls. Brookville led 2-1 through two innings when Kelsey Heinrich drove in Chey Ross on a fielder's choice and Shaffer scored on a throwing error.

The Lady Raiders' troubles started in the top of the third inning, when Bradford scored three runs and took a 4-2 lead. Brookville cut the lead to 4-3 when Heinrich scored on an error, but was not able to score another run until the fifth inning.

The Lady Owls' bats then heated up, and they chased Shaffer in the fourth inning. Shaffer allowed eight runs in 3 2/3-innings of work, and the Lady Raiders were forced to put Alexander back in.

Alexander couldn't stop the momentum, and the Lady Owls added four more runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to gain a 15-4 lead and give Bradford the mercy rule win. Earl Ross wasn't pleased with his team after the second game.

"We needed to focus more on the game," Ross said. "It seemed like they used all their energy in the first game and didn't have anything left for the second game. We just didn't play well, and we made a lot of mistakes."