Munford beats Brighton again, moves on to title game

May 9, 2017

 

All three baseball games between Brighton and Munford this season heading into Monday's game between the teams were competitive. It could be argued the teams had played four times this year considering it took 14 innings to decide a winner just two days ago.

 

Monday's District 13-AAA tournament elimination game in Savannah followed a similar script as the Cougars beat Brighton for the fourth time this season in another close game.

 

Munford (17-15) used a four-run sixth inning to break a tie and went on to a 7-3 win that ended the season for Brighton (13-20). The Cougars earned the right to play Dyer County today in Savannah at 5 p.m. If Munford wins that one, they will play Dyer County again right after that with a chance to win the district title for a second straight season. Either way, the Cougars will play in a region semifinal game Monday.

 

The big blow in the sixth came when Steven Kendrick, who was 3 for 3, singled with the bases loaded and two outs to drive in two runs and push the lead to 6-3. Corey Simmons drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before that to break a 3-3 tie. A double off the bat of Garrett Baugh brought home the seventh run.

 

George Cundiff, who scattered 10 hits over seven innings to earn the win, retired Brighton in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Munford trailed 3-1 before scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score.

 

Baugh had two hits and two RBIs and Drew Drexler singled and drove in two runs for Munford. Kyle Kelley and Brennan Hollie each drove in a run.

Cole Wilkins had a single and two RBIs for Brighton and Eli Davis, Dalton Rushing and Will Dunlap each had two singles.

 

Davis started on the mound and went five innings. Bryson Morgan took the loss in two-thirds of an inning of relief.

 

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.

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