Lady Bulldogs win first in Norwood Tournament
The Gainesville Lady Bulldogs' softball team went into the Norwood Tournament, Sept. 21 with a number 2 seed and an 8-3 record. They played Fordland in the first game and won 11-0 in 4 innings. Katelyn Brantingham was winning pitcher allowing no walks or hits. The hitting was led by junior Sara Jo Cunningham with 2 doubles and an out-of-the-park homerun. Abby Britt also had a homerun. The Lady Bulldogs had no errors against the Eagles and 11 total hits.
The second round game was against number 3 seed Marshfield Lady Jays. This was a defensive battle, with the Lady Bulldogs winning 2-0. Katelyn Brantingham was the winning pitcher, only giving up 4 hits in 7 innings. The Lady Bulldogs had only 1 error and played tough defensively. Madison Strong led in hitting; she was 2 for 4.
The championship game was against the hosting Norwood Lady Pirates. Norwood has very hard hitters, but the Bulldogs played great defensively making several outstanding plays.
Abby Britt and Sara Jo Cunningham each had a single and a triple. Madison Strong had a single and a double, Kiya Head had a triple, Tali Rose had 3 singles and Kelsie Myers and Sunni Amyx each added a hit. Katelyn Brantingham once again was the winning pitcher, pitching 18 innings for the day.
Coach Paula Rose said, “We had an outstanding tournament. We played great defensively all day. The championship game was a real battle, but we made some outstanding catches and heads up plays including a double play at home and 3rd base in the 5th inning. We hit the ball extremely well also, the best we’ve hit all season. It was truly a team effort, with every player contributing. The girls stayed focused and played with so much heart. I couldn’t have been prouder of them."
<p>The Gainesville High School girls' softball team won first place recently at the Norwood Tournament. Shown are (front row from left) Legend Naegele, Abbi Britt, Kelsey Meyers, Kiya Head and Destiny Scott. Back row, coach Paula Rose, Tali Rose, Katelyn Brantingham, Kaitlin Conrad, Amber Scott, Sarah Jo Cunningham, Madison Strong, Sunni Amyx, Hali Wallace, coach Byron Richardson and manager Ethan Hannaford.</p>