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Bulldogs rally to top Brookhaven

BROOKHAVEN — The slowpitch softball final score just didn’t seem to account for a combined 27 hits and eight errors Thursday.

The Franklin County Lady Bulldogs did not score until the top of the fourth inning and had to rally to defeat the Lady Panthers 4-2.

“Both teams had runners on just about every inning. There were some really good defensive plays,” Franklin County head coach Dana Smith said. “Lay Lay (Griffin) made a good sliding catch to prevent a run from scoring. Their shortstop made a couple of good diving catches. Both of our outfielders did a good job of plugging holes.”

And even though Franklin County had 15 hits, Brookhaven had 12 hits and each team committed four errors, scoring runs were non-existent until the Lady Panthers scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning.

The Lady Bulldogs countered with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth and took the lead for good by scoring two runs in the top of the sixth.

Winning pitcher Mildred Starks helped her own cause by going 3-for-3 with a double and Tammy Alexander also went 3-for-3. Griffin went 2-for-3 and Allison Hauer had a double.

Brooke Hosick had a double and Christen Benson went 2-for-3 for Brookhaven.

“Brookhaven was in the (Class 5A) state championship game last year. They’re a good team,” Smith said. “They hit the ball well. My girls are working hard to improve, so we’re getting there.”

Franklin County (4-2) plays at McComb next Monday. The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m.

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