Brevard hands Tuscola a tough loss
With the rest of the sports teams at Tuscola enjoying spring break, the Tuscola varsity softball team had a scheduled game to play on Monday at home against visiting Brevard.
Apparently, Tuscola’s bats went on spring break as the Blue Devils defeated the Mountaineers, 5-1, in a WNC Athletic Conference game at the Tuscola softball field.
Tuscola dropped to 6-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play, while Brevard improved to 10-4 overall and 5-4 in the WNCAC.
Brevard freshman pitcher Sydney Gilbert went inside the circle and hurled a brilliant complete-game, two hit, seven strikeout gem to earn the win.
Tuscola junior pitcher Jordan Kielson suffered the loss as she pitched 4.2 innings, gave up just two hits, did not issue a walk and struck out nine Blue Devils. But she left the circle with two outs in the fifth, trailing 2-1. Junior Melo Hannah pitched the final 2.1 innings.
The Mountaineers manufactured a run off of Gilbert in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one when catcher Heather Carver hit a sharp single, stole second, advanced to third on a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Gabi Wyatt and scored two pitches later on a wild pitch.
For the remainder of the game, however, no Tuscola base runner was able to advance to second base.
Both Kielson and Hannah may have deserved better fates but were hampered in the field by five fielding errors.
Sarah Arrington had Tuscola’s only other hit.
Up next for the Mountaineers will be a 7:30 p.m. “special” non-conference game against Robbinsville at Western Carolina University Softball Stadium in Cullowhee on Monday, April 17.