Bears win last regular season game

Published 8:20 pm Thursday, April 26, 2012

Crossing the plate: Billingsley’s Jade Glass (5) is greeted at home plate by her teammates after she hit a home run in the first inning of Thursday’s win at Verbena.

Billingsley’s softball team closed its regular season on a high note.

The Bears picked up some valuable momentum heading into the postseason with Thursday’s 18-7 win at Verbena.

Both teams will compete next week in area tournaments, beginning their quests to advance deeper into the playoffs.

If Billingsley continues to swing the bats like they did Thursday, they have a good shot to make a run. Every Bear in the starting lineup either scored a run or drove in a run—and some batters scored and drove in multiple runs.

Three Bears—Payton Wallace, Bailee Tindol and Karson Tindol—were never retired though they stepped into the batter’s box five times each.

Wallace was 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks, three runs scored and one run batted in. Bailee Tindol was 2-for-2 with three walks, one run scored and three RBI. Karson Tindol finished 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs scored and two RBI.

Billingsley’s Jade Glass hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to set the tone for the game. The Bears scored six runs in the frame off seven hits.

Verbena got one run back in the bottom half of the inning, but BHS added onto its lead with one run in the second inning and another run in the third inning.

VHS scored three runs in the third—with two coming on a single by Victoria Fletcher—but the visitors answered with four runs in the top of the fourth.

Billingsley increased its lead to 18-4 with five runs in the fifth inning, three coming on a single by Madison Price.

The Red Devils tried to stave off the mercy rule with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it wasn’t enough and the game ended early.

Fletcher was 2-for-2 with a triple, a walk, one run scored and two RBI for VHS. Krista Lane went 1-for-1 with two walks and one run scored.

Summer Gaither was the winning pitcher for BHS. She struck out six batters.