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Vidalia holds off BCHS in battle for first place
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The ball didn't travel very far, but Alyssa Edwards beat out this nubber in front of the plate for a single in the fifth inning. - photo by Photo by Paul Floecker



• BCHS hosts St. Vincent’s, 4:30 p.m.

Vidalia spoiled Bryan County’s chance to move into first place in the Region 2-AA softball standings, edging the Lady Redskins 3-2 Tuesday in Pembroke.

Bryan County had the tying run at second base in the sixth inning and again in the seventh, but Vidalia held on to sweep the season series.

“Good ball game, we just made too many mistakes,” BCHS head coach Al Butler said. “We played them hard for seven innings, played them twice (this season) and basically, they beat us twice on errors.”

Vidalia (22-3 overall, 12-1 in Region 2-AA) clinched the top seed for the region tournament. BCHS (18-7, 10-2) will be the No. 2 seed.

After their home game Wednesday afternoon against Portal, the Lady Redskins have two remaining region games — at home against St. Vincent’s at 4:30 p.m. today and at McIntosh County Academy at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Vidalia has just one more region game, hosting Jeff Davis at 6 p.m. today. The result of Wednesday’s game was not available at press time.

Even if Vidalia loses to Jeff Davis to fall into a first-place tie with BCHS, the Lady Indians own the head-to-head tiebreaker. VHS handed the Lady Redskins their only other region loss of the season, 2-0 Aug. 27 in Vidalia.

“They beat us twice,” Butler said. “That basically nailed that shut. They’re definitely No. 1, we’re definitely No. 2.”

Layton Harrell and Taylor Roop each hit a run-scoring double in Tuesday’s game. Brooke Barfield doubled, scored a run and pitched a complete game, striking out five batters and walking one.

Jolie Bush’s RBI single staked Vidalia to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Bryan County got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff batter Shelby Barfield reached on a two-base error and, two outs later, scored on Harrell’s double to the right-center field fence.

The Lady Indians opened a 3-1 lead, then Bryan County pulled within 3-2 in the sixth when Brooke Barfield doubled off the center field fence and came home on Roop’s two-out double to left. However, Vidalia pitcher Jessie Morris coaxed the third out to leave Roop stranded at second base. Reliever Becca Lawrence got the final two outs with BCHS runners on first and second.

The Region 2-AA tournament begins next Thursday, but Bryan County receives a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed. The Lady Redskins will host a best-of-three series beginning Oct. 5.

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