The Red Boiling Springs Jr. High softball team opened their 2014 season on March 7 with an exceptionally short schedule this year. The lack of games scheduled is due to the fact that several local area schools the Lady Bulldogs normally play in their regular season has decided to do away with their jr. high softball team.
The Jr. High Lady Bulldogs traveled to Friendship Christian School on March 7 to open their season. However, opening game day jitters must have gotten the best of the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs, as their opening game did not go as well as they would have hoped. The RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs were defeated by Friendship with a final score of 12 to 1.
Next the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs traveled to Clay County to take on their namesake the Bulldogs. Scoring one point in the first inning to their opponents 4 runs, the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs didn’t seem to get it together until they rallied in the third inning. The Bulldogs went 10 for 13 (batting a total of 13 players and scoring a total of 10 runs) in the third inning as they lead the Clay County Bulldogs 10 to 4.
The RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs defense in the bottom of the third held the Clay County to only 3 runs making the score going in the top of the fourth RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs 11 and the Clay County Bulldogs 7. The fourth inning did not go well for either team as both teams found themselves unable to put any players on the bases. The RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs 5th inning was very reminiscent of the fourth as they were able to only put 3 players on, scoring one, before two strikeouts and one pop fly.
With Clay County taking over the field for their final time at bat, the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs were still on top 12 to 7. The Clay County Bulldogs didn’t hold back in the 5th inning as they went on a rally, with the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs not being able to keep up, scoring six runs to end the game on top of the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs, 13 to 12.
On March 21, RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs hosted the Clay County Bulldogs. The two teams had met the week before and the outcome was not what the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs had hoped for as they lost to the Clay County Bulldogs 13 to 12. In a very bizarre turn of events, it would be the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs turn to be victorious with a score of 13 to 12 the same score that they lost to the same opponents a week before.
The RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs started out at a much slower pace this game. In the first three innings, the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs found themselves only scoring 4 runs to their opponents 6 runs. The RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs struggled with defense in the first three innings with a total 11 errors. Both teams held strong through the next three innings. Going in to the top of the 7th inning, the Clay County Bulldogs were on top 10 to 9. The RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs defensive errors had slowed and they were able to hold the Clay County Bulldogs to only 2 runs.
With the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs final chance at bat, they knew they would need at least 3 runs to tie the game. And they did just that. The RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs was able to score 3 runs tying the game. With two outs and runners on second and third, the Bulldogs succumb to a strike out ending the game with a tied score of 12 all.
The umpires decided to place the international tie break rule in effect. The “international tiebreaker” rule refers to the extra-inning rules set by the International Softball Federation. If a game under ISF rules is tied after seven innings, the tiebreaker rule is put into effect.
Starting with the eighth inning, the offensive team begins the inning with the ninth hitter in the batting order placed on second base and they also begin the inning with an out. Since Clay County was the visiting team, they began the 8th inning with an out and a runner on 2nd base. The Clay county Bulldogs were unable to advance that runner and after a forced out and strike out, it was the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs turn to try to end the game. With an out on the board on a runner on 2nd base, the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldog placed another runner on the bases from a walk by the Clay County Bulldogs.
Finally with a line drive hit, the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs sent a player across the home plate ending the game with a victory and final score of 13 to 12.
With the close of this game, the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs record stands at 1 win and 2 losses. This week, the RBS Jr. High Lady Bulldogs are on the road again traveling to Tuckers Crossroads on Wednesday, March 26 (game time 4:30), and then traveling to Jackson County on Thursday, March 27 (game time 5:00).