Brierly perfect in 10-0 win over Generals
Southwestern pitching was perfect for the second straight game and the result was a 10-0, six-inning softball win over Clarksville Friday at home. Two days after Laykn Wilson was perfect against Shawe, Rebels ace Kelsi Brierly equaled the feat with a 10-strikeout performance against the Generals. Brierly struck out the side twice and only went three balls on a batter two times in the win. “I’m so focused on the batter-to-batter that I didn’t even realize that she was perfect until late in the game and I looked down and saw all those Ks,” Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. “She was really on her game tonight. They had nothing for her.” Southwestern needed Brierly’s brilliance in the circle because it took four innings for the Rebels to break through against Clarksville starter Shaelyn Bruner. Southwestern scored a run in the third when Kate Sampson reached on an error and scored on Kaitlin West’s RBI triple. The Rebels finally blew the game open in the fifth with eight runs on seven hits and then ended the game early in the sixth with a run. “We struggled at the plate early against their pitcher,” Ralston said. “We still seem to struggle against their pitcher so I asked the girls to make some adjustments at the plate and we had a huge inning in the fifth.” West had two hits and scored twice while Abby Ralston was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Brierly, Brittney Ralston and Sampson each had doubles while Meagan Ralston and Brittany Barnett each had a single. Southwestern has ridden its strong pitching to its current four-game win streak. The Rebel staff has pitched 25 consecutive scoreless innings, including 11-straight perfect innings. Over the past 16 innings they have allowed only one hit and three baserunners. Southwestern, now 7-4 on the season, hosts South Ripley on Monday.