Brocton goes 1-1 on 2nd day of Hae Jude
SILVER CREEK — The Brocton Lady Bulldogs stumbled on the defense in Game 1, then found their stride the following game in the Hae Jude Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs fell to Randolph, 6-0, and defeated Allegany-Limestone, 5-2.
Randolph started the scoring in the first game by netting two runs in the first inning. Before Brocton could get a rally, the Lady Cardinals tallied on two more in the third to go up by four.
Randolph topped off the scoring in the sixth to get the 6-0 victory.
Brocton coach Julie Arnold said her team had fielding difficulties with five errors that contributed to the loss.
“The fielding errors kind of rolled over from last night’s game against Forestville,” Arnold said. “A lot of them were mental errors. Unfortunately, that costed us a couple runs here and there.”
The Lady Bulldogs’ Jen Potter went the complete game with one strikeout, four walks and four hits in the loss.
In Game 2, Brocton picked it up both with the bats and the fielding.
Against Allegany-Limestone, the Lady Bulldogs started the scoring in the third inning with three runs. In the fourth, Brocton tacked on two more to go up by five, however, the Lady Gators matched those two runs with two of their own.
Allegany-Limestone could not rally the rest of the way in the 5-2 defeat.
Megan Gloss led the Lady Bulldogs in the circle for the win. She went the distance with three strikeouts, six hits and three walks.
Allegany-Limestone’s Morgan Davis was the losing pitcher, but she went all seven innings with three walks, three strikeouts and eight hits allowed.
The turnaround in all facets of the game helped get the Lady Bulldogs in the win column on Saturday.
“We were just more mentally focused throughout the entirety of the game,” Arnold said. “Our defense played very solid behind Megan. She fielded her own position as well. Offensively, not only did our bats come alive, but we also executed our small-ball game.”
Allegany-Limestone’s Cameron Spring had a double in the loss.
Brocton’s Julie Smith had a double and a triple with two RBIs in the win.
“She just executed her at bats,” Arnold said of Smith. “She waited back on the pitch. Both at bats were disciplined at bats.”
The Brocton Lady Bulldogs will travel to Cassadaga Valley on Monday with first pitch at 4:30 p.m.