ELGIN – The Lady Wildcats of Bethel had two big wins in the first day of their regional fast pitch tournament at Elgin Tuesday to get one win away from winning the tournament and moving on to state. The girls took down Bridge Creek 4-2 and held off Elgin 2-0 to finish the first day as the only unbeaten team at the tournament.
Tied at two in the bottom of the sixth against Bridge Creek, Maylin Hladik singled to drive in Lilla Wade for a 3-2 lead and Rian Gamble scored on a passed ball to add an insurance run.
Hladik reached on a bunt to score Gamble in the third for the first run of the game and an Elgin double drove in a run in the top of the fourth to tie at 1-1.
Gamble scored on a passed ball in the fifth to retake a 2-1 lead but an error by Gamble at catcher followed by an RBI single tied things up again in the sixth.
Hladik was 3-4 and drove in two runs to lead the Lady Wildcats. Gamble was 3-4 with a triple and Reanna McGowen was 2-4.
Jordyn Zachary pitched the complete game and gave up one earned run on four hits. She walked one and sat down nine. She fanned another 10 batters and gave up five hits in the shutout against Elgin.
Bethel and Elgin remained scoreless until
Hladik singled to bring home Gamble in the bottom of the third. McGowen scored on an error to go up 2-0.
McGowen was the only Bethel batter with multiple hits with a pair of singles.
The Lady Wildcats (24-14) will play for the championship at 2:00 p.m. today against the winner of Byng and Elgin. If Bethel wins that game they will move on to the state tournament. If they lose, the two championship contenders will play one more game to decide who advances. Elgin defeated Byng 1-0 in the first round of the tournament.