Brandywine to lay it all on the line SaturdayPublished 2:28pm Monday, May 27, 2013
If the Brandywine softball team wants to continue its season, it will have to take out a pair of Lakeland Conference foes to do so.
The Bobcats will face Buchanan, which they edged out for the league title just over a week ago in the opening round of the Division 3 Districts.
Should it get past the Bucks, Brandywine will face either Bridgman or Cassopolis in the championship game.
The first time the Bobcats and Bucks met back on May 14, the teams split a Lakeland Conference doubleheader, which gave Brandywine the league title.
Both games were decided by one run, so the Division 3 District semifinal in Buchanan June 1 should be very entertaining.
The Bucks and Bobcats will kick off the tournament at 10 a.m.
Brandywine has been led by its hitting this season.
Sophomore Kelly Harper leads the way with a .490 average. Freshman centerfielder Michaela Hartline is hitting .451, while sophomore second baseman Justine Sater is hitting .406.
“As a team, we have been hitting the ball well,” Brandywine coach Angela Mellott said. “We just need to execute and have timely hits with runners in scoring position. We know we can get on base, we just have to find ways to get those runners to score.
“In order to have a chance at the district title, we have to play our game. We need to make the key defensive plays and keep runners off base.”
Mikayla Kemp has been the workhorse in the circle for the Bobcats. She is 19-8 this season with an ERA of 1.63.
“Mikayla has done a great job pitching for us,” Mellott said. “All she has to do is pitch her game, hit her spots and that will allow for the team to defensively support her. Defensively as a team we have to lay it all out on the field and take those chances to make those big plays.
“This is the part of the season we have been preparing for. You can’t have a bad game in districts or your season is over. As a team, we know that we are capable of winning districts and we will work hard this week and come out ready to play. Once we step out on that field, it’s on the players who want it more.”
Bridgman and Cassopolis, the other two teams in the Lakeland Conference, will meet in the second semifinal at 11:30 a.m.
“Our girls are very excited about playing next Saturday and have been focusing on hitting for the past few weeks,” Cass coach Kristin Powell said.
Kaylyn Forrest (.456), Logan Lawson (.449) and Rachelle Williams (.446) are the top hitters.
The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person and no passes will be accepted.