Brandywine works overtime to win own tournament

Published 3:03 pm Monday, May 24, 2004

By Staff
Brandywine won its own softball tournament Saturday, but not without a serious test in the opening round.
The Bobcats, ranked No. 3 in Division 3, needed nine innings to come back from an early deficit and beat Hartford, which is ranked No. 9 in Division 3, 4-3 and advance to the championship game. Brandywine beat South Bend St. Joseph's 6-1 in the title game.
Hartford's Amanda Smith got the Indians rolling in the first inning with a three-run homer. It was one of only three hits for Hartford in the game as the Bobcats held the Indians scoreless the rest of the way and slowly worked its way back.
Brandywine scored one run in the bottom of the second inning and two in the bottom of the fifth. As the game went into extra innings, the Bobcat defense held strong and the offense managed one run in the bottom of the ninth.
Amber Valentine hit a home run to lead the Bobcats' offensive attack. Nicki McGowen earned the pitching victory to improve to 28-5 on the year.
In the title game, McGowen earned another victory and helped herself with a home run. She allowed only one hit.
McGowen (126-19) is currently fourth on Michigan's all-time career victories list. She needs seven wins to tie Erica Strutz of Hartland for third place.
The Bobcats travel to Niles for a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday starting at 4 p.m.