Adkins' no-hitter sends Bradford to regional final
Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:26 p.m.
STARKE — What a night for pitcher Ashton Adkins and the No. 2 Bradford High School softball team.
The junior hurler no-hit Keystone Heights in a 7-0 win that sends Bradford to its first Class 4A, Region 2 final.
“It feels amazing because Keystone's a rival,” Adkins said. “It's just the best feeling.”
Despite striking out only twice, Keystone Heights' hitters (12-12) managed only a single baserunner on an error in the sixth inning.
“(Adkins) really did a great job of hitting her spots,” Bradford coach Daniel Davis said. “Keystone's got a good hitting team. She was able to mix in her curve and her screwball to work both sides of the plate tonight and her change-up was really on and really effective.”
With rain clouds threatening, the Tornadoes (27-2) thrived with 11 hits from seven different batters.
“That's probably the best job we've done hitting one through nine,” Davis said. “We had the nine hitter (Megan Farmer) come up with a couple huge hits tonight. It was good to see us produce up and down the lineup.”
The scoring started in the second inning when Adkins helped herself with a leadoff triple. Mackenzie Gault quickly put the Tornadoes on the board with an RBI single. After two sacrifice bunts by Lindsey Wiggins and Megan Farmer, Gault scored on a groundout by Annie Luke.
“Our plan was, if we got baserunners on, to make them (Keystone) make plays. We were fortunate enough to beat out a couple bunts when they tried to go to second. That set us up in some innings to score some runs. It was crucial to score early and get ahead,” Davis said.
Bradford doubled its lead in the third inning when Lainie Rodgers and Jordan Davis started with hits and came around to score. The Tornadoes added three more runs in the sixth to put the game away to the delight of a large home crowd.
“It means a ton when you the see the community come out and support us tonight,” Davis said.
The Tornadoes, winners of nine straight, will host Titusville Astronaut in Friday's regional final.
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