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Cardinals baseball advances to region to play Bartlett; Munford's season ends

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Before the District 13-AAA tournament started in Dyer County, Brighton head coach Brian Oswalt said the goal was to win two games, which would be good enough for the Cardinals to advance to the region semifinals. 

The Cardinals dropped their opener Friday 4-0 to Hardin County, but rallied for wins over Munford Saturday and Hardin County on Monday to finish second and live to play another day. 

Brighton (18-17) will travel to Bartlett on Monday for a region semifinal game. A loss ends their season. A win puts them in region finals Monday and the sectionals next Friday. 

“It's been three or four years since we've made the region,” Oswalt said. “We've got our pitching set up for Monday. We're excited. We think our chances our good.”

Brighton kept its season alive and ended Munford's on Saturday with an 11-6 win. 

The Cardinals broke a 4-4 tie with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. 

A two-run homer by Colby Poston was the big blow. Tanner McDivitt had two hits and two RBIs and Dustin Rogers had a pair of hits. 

Nathan Newman went the distance for Brighton. He struck out three and allowed nine hits. 

Ryan Haynes had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs for Munford (12-23) and Ty Gillespie and Caleb Craig each had a hit. 

Brighton defeated Hardin County 12-10 on Monday and fell 5-3 to Dyer County on Tuesday in the title game. 

Ladarius Williams had a homer for Brighton against Dyer County. Brighton loaded the bases in the seventh before the rally fell short. 

McDivitt went all six innings for Brighton. 

“He pitched really well,” Oswalt said. “He kept them off balance all game.”

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