The Red Boiling Springs Lady Bulldog softball team was on a high note going into the district 7A tournament and just like last year they drew the Clay County Lady Bulldogs in the first round in a game that was played last Tuesday night at Clay County. The Lady Bulldogs lost 7-2 as Clay County now finds themselves in the winner’s bracket final against Gordonsville. Red Boiling Springs will face off against Clarkrange with the loser going home.
A sold out crowd packed Bulldog stadium and the home crowd helped Clay County win their opening district game. The weather was great and a short sleeve crowd made a lot of noise for the home team. Red Boiling Springs team defense made eight errors and the visitors left seven runners stranded as the Bulldogs two runs were scored on wild pitches after advancing on two passed balls.
Sarah Link and Nautica Goolsby both got hits to lead off the 6th inning. Both advanced on passed balls as the Lady Bulldogs left two runners stranded. Stacey Bravo had two singles and a base on balls to lead Red Boiling Springs offense. Kaylin Claywell had a double and two stolen bases.
Clay County made two 6th inning errors that allowed the visitors to extend their rally but strikeouts cost the Lady Bulldogs from extending that rally. Red Boiling Springs will now head to Crump Paris Park to keep their season alive.
The Red Boiling Springs Lady Bulldogs softball team was expected to play Clarkrange in a loser go home game but they wound up playing Pickett County instead. The winner advances to the third round while the loser goes home. This is a double elimination tournament and both teams lost their opening game.
The Lady Bulldogs plated 14 runs to win in four innings. The following had a hit and a RBI: Kelsey Chapman, Sarah Link, Nautica Goolsby, and Emma Woodcock. The following Lady Bulldogs had two hits and at least one RBI: Goolsby, Alliegh Davenport, Caitlyn Szetela, Alie Jenkins and Madison Hooten.
Gordonsville won over Clay County 11-0 and they will play the winner of Clarkrange vs. Red Boiling Springs which will be played on Thursday Morning at 11:00.
The Lady Bulldogs spotted Clarkrange eight runs in the first two innings and the Lady Buffaloes kept taking advantage of Red Boiling Springs errors. When your pitcher takes the mound for three straight days, then you can figure a high scoring game might be in order. That is exactly what happened. The Lady Bulldogs bats came alive to score seven runs with four runs in the third inning and three runs in the 4th inning. The Lady Buffaloes added four runs in the 4th inning to take a 12-7 lead.
Nautica Goolsby hit a three run home run to get within two runs at 12-10. Kelsey and Sarah Link both scored on Goolsby’s home run. Clarkrange would not give up as they added two more runs in the top of the 7th inning to make the score 14-12 in favor of the Lady Buffaloes. Red Boiling Springs was coming to bat with one chance and they need at least two runs to tie this game and if not then the Lady Bulldogs will exit the parking lot. The crowd sat in silence waiting to see if the Lady Bulldogs will come back and win this game.
Emma Woodcock drew a base on balls to start the inning but Kelsey Champan popped out. Sara Link got a base hit to put the tying runs on base. Nautica got a fast ball on the outside of the strike zone and she sent a long drive to right center field that scored Link and Woodcock and when The Lady Buffaloes misplayed the relay, Nautica scored the winning run to give the Lady Bulldogs a huge comeback 15-14 win. What a ball game this was. The Lady Bulldogs will now face Clay County in the loser bracket final.
Clay County and the Lady Bulldogs will now play at 11:00 AM on Thursday. The game started in the rain and both pitchers had trouble gripping the ball but Clay County beat the Lady Bulldogs 14-2. Gordonsville won over Clay County 11-2 to win the 7th district championship.
Thanks everyone for your kind words during the season. Lady Bulldogs fans are the best.