Bailey Tucker

Bailey Tucker

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- The Red Boiling Springs High School softball team is excited to be in the postseason … even if last Thursday's District 6-A Tournament opener wasn't one of the team's more sparkling performances.

However, the second-seeded Lady Bulldogs were never seriously threatened in an 8-4 victory over visiting Monterey, the No. 7 seed.

"I'm excited … I'm more excited to see how far we can go," RBS senior pitcher Bailey Tucker said.

This season, the Lady Bulldogs have experienced their most success in Stacey Mims' six years at the helm of the program.

"I just feel we are spending a lot more time as a team," Tucker said. "We are getting along better.

"We definitely already had the talent to do it, but being a team and coming together definitely helped."

RBS rolled to wins of 13-3 and 12-4 when the two teams met during the regular season.

"I expected a lot more (on Thursday)," Mims said. "I expected a lot more out of my kids, especially hitting."

The Lady Bulldogs piled up eight runs over the first three innings but didn't produce a baserunner over the final three frames.

"I hope we can (bounce back) … I believe we can," Tucker said. "We were playing down to the competition. We can't do that."

RBS senior Traci Knight belted her third home run of the season -- a two-run shot -- in the bottom of the first inning.

Then, junior Kameron Clark singled in classmate Kara Davis in the second inning before junior Maribel Mireles raced home thanks to a wild pitch.

Two errors, two walks and three wild pitches helped the Lady Bulldogs add four more runs in the bottom of the third, with Davis, Mireles, Clark and Tucker all crossing the plate.

However, the Lady Wildcats responded by producing four runs in the top of the fourth, with Destiny Goss' single driving in two runs and Serenity Nolan producing a run-scoring single as well.

However, Tucker didn't allow another hit after that.

Tucker limited Monterey to five hits, issued three base on balls and struck out seven hitters.

RBS managed just three hits.

The goal for the Lady Bulldogs from the beginning of the season has been to advance to the regional tournament. Their only district losses have come against traditional Class A power Gordonsville, the 2013 state runner-up, 2014 state champion and a sectional qualifier in both 2015 and 2016.

The last region appearance for RBS came in 2009.

"It's definitely going to take us not getting down," Tucker said of reaching the region. "We could have stopped them from scoring. Once we made a couple of mistakes, we got down.

"We can definitely do better."

Mims added, "I don't feel like we were as ready today, but we're excited about this tournament. Come Monday, we'll be ready."

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• The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the winner's bracket final with Monday evening's 7-0 victory over No. 3 seed Clay County.

RBS claimed wins of 5-4 and 6-2 when the two teams met during the regular season.

Tucker tossed a four-hitter on Monday, striking out one hitter while not issuing a base on balls.

The Lady Bulldogs scored in four different innings.

Dillard singled and scored in the first inning, and Tucker singled in the third inning and scored on Knight's double.

Deckard belted a grand slam in the fifth inning to open up a six-run lead. It was her sixth home run of the season.

Dillard scored again in the sixth inning after reaching on an error.

Tucker had four of her squad's 10 hits and scored twice, and Dillard provided two hits and scored three runs.

RBS improved to 15-7 with the victory.

• The Lady Bulldogs ended the regular season with a 13-4 win over visiting Trousdale County on May 1.

The two teams played in Hartsville on April 20, with RBS rolling to a 13-7 victory.

In the rematch, Red Boiling Springs scored six runs in both the third and fourth innings to take control.

Lady Bulldog sophomore Traley Dillard singled in two runs in the third, and both Knight and freshman Jasmine Pruitte singled in a run as well.

The Lady Jackets responded by scoring three runs in the fourth inning, but both Pruitte and Tucker doubled in three runs in the bottom of the frame.

Each team added a run in the sixth, with Knight's single driving in Tucker.

Tucker had three of her squad's nine hits and scored twice, while Knight had two hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Pruitte also had two hits and drove in four runs.

Tucker went the distance in the pitcher's circle, allowing two earned runs on two hits. The left-hander issued three base on balls and struck out eight hitters.