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Softball: Former Brentwood players to gather Saturday to celebrate 1989 championship

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Brentwood softball fans can relive some history on Saturday. 

Members from the 1989 state championship team, former coaches and their families from the Williamson County high school will take the field Saturday at Granny White Park and celebrate the 30th anniversary of winning a state title. 

“Some of my teammates are killing me about this now, but it’s going to be very cool to get together again,” former Lady Bruin Jennifer Beasely said. “The game itself might be more comical than anything, since everyone is nervous about their abilities, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.” 

Beginning with that 1989 title team, Brentwood strung together a six-year run that included three runner-up trophies and two third-place finishes, but it was the 1989 team that shocked most and set the tone for the successful run. 

Brentwood entered the season loaded with youth after seven seniors graduated and former head coach Kim Kendrick had just left to take a job at her alma mater in Gallatin. Her assistant, Kristie Blurton, took over a Lady Bruins team without a senior and started four freshmen and three sophomores. 

“Nobody expected anything from us,” said Beasely, who was a sophomore center fielder on that title team. “We were just young, but we all really played three sports and it’s just hard to duplicate that kind of chemistry we had from always being together.” 

Brentwood lost its first game to open the 1989 season, but then it won 13 in a row. The Lady Bruins fell to Mt. Juliet in the district championship but avenged that loss by topping the Lady Golden Bears in the region title tilt. Brentwood defeated Overton 3-2 to advance to the state tournament. 

Playing in the old four-team format at state, the Lady Bruins clipped Knoxville Halls 2-0 in the first round. They topped Germantown 3-0 in the semifinals and followed that with a 5-3 victory over Red Bank in the state final to capture the school’s first TSSAA title. 

Players included Janel Mehuron, Susi Beckett, Lesli Howell, Katherine Johnson, Kelly Browder, Allyson Lyons, Jill Chandler, Kaci Clark, Jennifer Fine, Kendra Campbell and Beasley. 

Saturday’s game is scheduled for an 11 a.m. Current Brentwood coaches Erica Powell and Brooke Klinefelter, along with some current players, will also be a part of the reunion. 

Beasley said former Brentwood High School Principal James C. Parker along with Blurton and coach Barbara Campbell will also be in attendance. The players and their families will enjoy a dinner at Clydes in Nashville later Saturday night. 

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