The Brentwood softball team is still finding its footing, but took a big step Tuesday. The Lady Bruins return a large portion of a team that finished with back-to-back fifth place state finishes, but is having to find new ways to win without all-state pitcher Hannah Koenig on the mound.
“We’re used to getting 15 or 16 outs from Hannah so that’s a big adjustment,” Brentwood coach Erica Powell said of Koenig, a freshman pitcher who is 5-1 at Louisiana Tech currently. “We all used to playing a whole different kind of softball right now, so it’s taking time.”
The Lady Bruins looked fine Tuesday. Brentwood used a big night from Elisabeth Laviolette at the plate to notch a 7-2 win at Ravenwood to improve to 2-0 in District 11-AAA play.
Laviolette went 3-of-4 at the plate with a solo homer in the fifth and a two-run double in the third as Brentwood bounced back from a 9-1 loss at Forrest Monday. Laviolette also helped off-set a tough night at the plate for leadoff batter Ansley Casillas who has sizzled to open the season, including going 14-of-16 in a tournament in Florida recently.
“Today wasn’t her best day, so it was nice to some other players step back up,” Powell said. “It’s huge for us anytime we get a win against Ravenwood.”
Jenna Galloway added a pair of singles for the Lady Bruins, while Emily Cockrill cleanly went the distance on the mound. The sophomore scattered four hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks over 112 pitches.
The win was the fifth in a row for Brentwood in the storied rivalry.
Ravenwood struck first in the bottom of the first on a Camilla Wilbanks grounder to second that scored Sydney Hughes. Brentwood tied the game at 1-1 when Jenna Galloway sent a bunt over the head of first baseman Sierra Dews to score Laviolette.
The Lady Bruins tacked on two more runs in the top of the third, including Laviolette’s two-run double to center field.
The Lady Raptors made it 5-2 in the fifth after Kate Barker drove in Taylor Webb – who tripled to leadoff the inning – on a flyout to left. Ravenwood stranded two runners, though, as Cockrill followed by striking out Wilbanks.
Brentwood’s Kaleigh Bottoms reached on an error as Cockrill scored in the top of the seventh. Galloway followed with an RBI-single to score the game’s last run.
Ravenwood will host Independence on Thursday. Brentwood heads to a tournament in Clarksville this weekend before hosting Siegel Monday.
Powell said her team has already shown plenty of growth after their Florida trip and handful of games in the Mary Vowell Classic last weekend.
“Those early tournaments sometimes are less about softball and more about us becoming more of a family,” Powell said. “It’s good for us to kick off district games and bonding like that, plus we got to go Harry Potter World. I mean, come on.”
Brentwood 7, Ravenwood 2
BHS 012 110 2 – 7 6 1
RHS 100 010 0 – 2 4 6
WP – Emily Cockrill. LP – Avery Wissmar.
BHS – Ansley Casillas 0-4, Kaylee Seidel 0-3, Emily Cockrill 1-4, Elisabeth Laviolette 3-4, Kaleigh Bottoms 0-4, Jenna Galloway 2-4, Ella Saliba 0-4, Emma Glenn 0-2, Indy Cockrill 0-3.
RHS – Kate Barker 0-2, Sydney Hughes 1-3, Camilla Wilbanks 0-4, Avery Wissmar 0-2, Tess Henderson 0-3, Addie Martin 0-3, Ashari Leonard 0-3, Reagan Young 0-3, Sierra Dews 1-1, Taylor Webb 2-2.
2B – Laviolette; Dews. 3B – Webb. HR – Laviolette.
LOB – BHS 5; RHS 7.