By SAM McGAW
Brentwood High’s softball team jumped on Summit early and never took its foot off the gas.
Keyed by a seven-run rally in the first inning, the Lady Bruins cruised to a 10-0 home victory in five frames for their second consecutive Region 6-AAA title
“This is the first time I’ve had a run-rule game where it didn’t feel like the mercy rule,” Brentwood head coach Erica Powell said. “To me, it was important to win in five innings, because I didn’t want to give them two more at-bats.”
Brentwood leadoff hitter Ansley Casillas recorded a single, a run and a three-run triple in the opening frame.
“We came out strong and we wanted to finish it strong,” Casillas said. “I know I needed 60 feet. This is a big game and I know it’s time for me to get my bat going.”
Brentwood (31-7) will host Beech for a Class AAA sectional matchup at 6 p.m. Friday. Summit will travel to face Henry County at 6 p.m. Thursday. The winners will advance to next week’s Class AAA state tournament in Murfreesboro.
Lady Bruins pitcher Hannah Koenig threw four strikeouts and allowed three hits in her five innings of action.
“We’ve come from behind in multiple games, but for some reason we couldn’t get a couple of big hits strung together,” Summit head coach Jenny Stevenson said. “That’s what gives you life back, and we couldn’t get anything going on offense to get it turned around.”
Summit cycled through three pitchers in the first two innings.
Koenig drove in Casillas with a single on a ground ball to right field for a 1-0 lead. Kaleigh Bottoms drove in Koenig’s pitch runner, Indy Cockrill, with a line-drive single to left field, and Elisabeth Laviolette brought in Bottoms for a 3-0 lead.
Emily Cockrill was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring the advantage to four, and Casillas cleared the bases with her triple in the ensuing at-bat.
In the second inning, Frances Horn brought in Laviolette after she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Kaylee Seidel nailed a line drive to right field for a two-run single and 10-0 lead in the third inning.
Powell coached at Beech from 2012-14, earning a 103-29-1 record with a Class AAA state tournament appearance in 2012. She hasn’t coached against her former program during her three seasons at Brentwood.
“I gave lessons to some of (Beech’s players) when they were kids,” Powell said. “It’s going to be a tough game. I think we can hit their pitching…but they’ve got good hitters. We have to be ready to play.”