Senior Brie Howard rounds past second base to complete her triple against Covington on Tuesday. The Austin Peay signee finished with four RBIs. Photo by David Perry

The Lady Cardinals were on the brink of being swept by Covington on Tuesday evening. They trailed 4-1 early in the game and couldn’t get the bats going.

Brighton Head Coach Robin Jacobs changed the game plan to a simple strategy: telling the girls to loosen up and have fun.

“I’ll be honest with you, we’ve really concentrated on having fun, we’ve come out here to play,” Jacobs said.


The plan led to an eventful night as they scattered 15 hits to come out with a 14-4 win over the Chargers.

Brie Howard was a double away from completing a cycle as she went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

The offense started rolling in the third with two runners on and Aliya Garcia hit a single to bring in courtesy runner Leah Finley. Howard sent a ball out the park to take the lead.

Laney Lawson subbed in the circle for Molly Oswalt the following inning.

After the fourth and fifth, with only one run from Finley, Erin Townson started a seven-run inning with a homer on first pitch. Adin Shelton, Garcia, and Kamryn Bridges added scores as well before Townson brought in the last run.

A Oswalt double drove in the final run and Brighton completed their comeback.

“They comeback to catch the rival team,” Jacobs said, “You have to play all the way through, so you try to get all the runs that you can get because they’re not going to quit…”

It was their fourth straight win scoring seven or more runs, and Jacobs accepted the fact that high volume offense brings wins to the table.

“We tried to turn every game into a power game,” he laughed, “I don’t like that, but the kids love it and it’s worked out the last couple of weeks.”

In softball:

Munford Lexi Billings struck out nine batters, but it wasn’t enough for the Ripley Tigers as the Cougars fall short, 3-2.

Lady Rebels capped off their senior night with a win over Briarcrest. Lanie Howe allowed two runs with 12 strikeouts. Howe, Lola Sprenkle, Neely Grantham and Addie Thorpe each collected a hit.

In baseball:

TRA beat USJ 6-0 as they completed a sweep over the district foe. Eli Ramsey sent nine batters home and allowed no runs while Kade Allen and Aiden Petrowski had multiple hits.

Covington traveled to Brownsville to face Haywood and run-ruled the home team, 12-0. Holden Warmath had eight RBIs with two home runs, and Parker Davis homered as well.

Owen Geiger dominated on both sides of the field in an 8-1 win over Ripley. The Naval Academy commit struck out ten and went 3-for-3 with four RBIs.

David Perry
Author: David Perry