The Brighton Lady Cardinals got a timely hit when they needed it and held off a late rally Monday night in the season opener to pull out a 3-2 win at Arlington.
Leading 1-0, Lauren Kinney drove in two runs for Brighton in the top of seventh to give the Lady Cardinals 3-0 lead.
Arlington would not go quietly, however.
The Lady Tigers put two runners on base with no outs in the bottom of the seventh.
But thanks to a double play, Seeley Layne escaped the inning with the lead as Brighton moved to 1-0.
“I thought we played pretty good defense,” said Brighton head coach Robin Jacobs. “Up until that last half inning, we played good. We found a way to win, so that's a good thing.”
Layne struck out seven and allowed six hits to earn the win.
Brighton had eight hits and took advantage of four Arlington errors.
Taylor Manley took the loss for Arlington.
In other area games:
• Tipton-Rosemark Academy scored three runs in each of the first innings in Monday's season opener against Munford at Bolton High School and went on to a 6-0 win.
The Rebels scored all six runs without a hit and had just two hits in the game.
Connor Alexander (four innings) and Nathan Whitley (three innings) combined to no-hit the Cougars.
On Tuesday at Bolton against White Station, the Rebels moved to 2-0 with an 8-1 win.
Gil Erwin pitched four innings to earn the win.
“I was pleased with how efficient our pitching was,” said TRA head coach Brad Smith. “We didn't swing it as well as I would have liked, but we got hit and walked a lot, which makes it tough. These next few days we're going play some tougher competition and we'll see where we are.”
Munford bounced back Tuesday with an 11-5 win over Northpoint. Jessie Charles picked up the win and Munford had 12 hits.
• The Brighton Cardinals fell 1-0 at Arlington in the season opener. Colton Hathcock pitched well but took the loss.
On Tuesday, the Cardinals dropped an 11-1 decision at Collierville in five innings.
• In softball action, the Lady Cougars fell to Dyersburg 3-0 Tuesday in the season opener. Sam Scott took the loss for Munford, which had three hits.
• Munford's soccer team opened the season on Monday with a 1-0 road win over Memphis Home School. Jaylen Hill scored the game's lone goal in the second half.