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Lady Bulldogs roll to tournament title

Mike Self
Belgreen scored 32 runs in three games and got strong pitching from Laken Bragwell on Saturday to take home the championship at the Belgreen Invitational Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs (3-1) pounded Cherokee 11-3 in the finals, breaking open the game early with three runs in the third and five more in the fourth. Senior Bridget Thompson led the way at the plate for Belgreen with a triple, two walks and three runs scored. Fellow seniors Erica Smith and Lauren Oliver each added a double and a triple.

Bragwell, an eighth-grader, picked up the win, allowing a run in the first, two in the sixth and nothing in between.

“Laken pitched really well for us on Saturday,” Belgreen head coach Richie Hester said. “We got a lot of good leadership from our seniors, too. We saw some good things. We’re happy to win that tournament.”

The Lady Bulldogs opened play Saturday morning with a 10-0 rout of Vina. Bragwell allowed just one hit in four innings and also had a double and two runs scored. Thompson scored three runs, and Oliver and senior Morgan Bradford each had a double.

Belgreen then beat Cherokee 11-7 to advance to the finals, getting three hits each from Smith, Thompson and Oliver. Smith tripled, doubled and scored twice, and Thompson had a triple and two runs scored. Oliver finished with three doubles.

Bragwell was the winning pitcher.

Belgreen bounced back nicely after losing its season-opener last Thursday against Colbert County.

“They’re pretty tough,” Hester said. “They won the Deshler tournament over the weekend, so that made me feel better. The girl who shut us out threw a one-hitter in the championship game. They beat Muscle Shoals and Deshler, so I didn’t feel so bad that they beat us.”

Belgreen will be be back in action next Tuesday with a double-header against R.A. Hubbard.




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