BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Lady Bruins softball team came back from a 2-0 deficit to take down the Centennial Lady Cougars 12-2 on Tuesday night. It is the Lady Bruins first win of the season as they move to 1-0 in district play.
“All of our district games are super important,” Brentwood softball coach Erica Powell said. “Every team in our district is good, so we have to be ready to play.”
Centennial got off to a hot start in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs on an RBI single and double to take an early lead.
“The top of our lineup is one of the best around,” Centennial coach Jeff Serbin said. “Three out of the four hitters are freshmen. To get off to a great start like that against Brentwood makes me very proud of them.”
In the bottom of the first, Brentwood infielder Elizabeth Laviolette smacked an RBI single to cut the Centennial lead to 2-1. The Lady Bruins tied the game in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single from outfielder Frances Horn.
Then, Brentwood broke the game open in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs -- including a two-RBI single from third baseman Kaleigh Bottoms with the help of some mistakes in the field from Centennial.
“We had four errors in that one inning,” Serbin said. “We just can’t make mental mistakes.”
In the top of the fourth inning, Brentwood pitcher Emily Cockrill recorded her fourth strikeout of the game, helping to build her confidence as she starts for the first time in varsity action.
“This is the first time she has been a starting pitcher for our team,” Powell said. “She was able to get a feel for her first varsity game pitching and did a great job.”
The Lady Bruins continued to pour it on in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three more runs. Outfielder Indy Cockrill led the charge with an RBI double.
The Lady Bruins tallied three runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead to 12-2, activating the ten-run rule and ending the game. Laviolette recorded the biggest blow in the inning with a two-run RBI single to help put the game on ice for the Lady Bruins.
“She always is a big contributor for our team,” Powell said. “(Laviolette) hits the ball harder than anyone.”
“We will have to bounce back and forget about this game tonight,” Serbin added. “The good thing about softball is that you get the next game the next day.”