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Brighton wrapped up the regular season last weekend by splitting a pair of non-district games against Bolton and Ripley. 

The Cardinals (16-15), who finished the season winning four of five games, now turn their attention to the four-team District 13-AAA tournament, which begins tomorrow at Dyer County High School. 

Brighton, the third seed, plays second-seeded Hardin County at 4:30 p.m. Fourth-seeded Munford (12-21) takes on regular season champ Dyer County at approximately 7 p.m.

The two teams that finish first and second in the tournament advance to the region tournament. Two wins will guarantee a top two finish. 

“It seems like we've been playing better lately,” Brighton coach Brian Oswalt said. “Now we've got to win two games. It doesn't matter how we do it, but we've got to win two. That's what we're concentrating on now.”

Ladarius Williams and Bentley Jones had big games Friday in Ripley as the Cardinals defeated the Tigers 13-6.

Williams was 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs and Jones doubled twice and drove in three. Newman drove in a pair of runs and Kolten Childress and Tanner McDivitt doubled. Colby Poston was 2 for 4 with an RBI. 

Childress struck out six batters in three innings of relief to earn the win. 

On Saturday at home against Bolton, Brighton scored three runs in the bottom of  the seventh to tie the game, but lost in nine innings, 7-6. 

Poston, Williams, T.J. Kluts and Colton Hathcock each had two hits for the Cardinals and Childress drove in a pair of runs. 

Munford traveled to Dyersburg on Friday and dropped a 6-5 decision. 

The Cougars scored three times in the top of the seventh to pull within one run, but could not come all the way back. 

Corey Simmons and Kyle Hindman each had two hits and an RBI for the Cougars. Joseph Fulcher and Taylor Ellison also had two hits a piece for Munford and Kyle Kelley and Caleb Craig each drove in a run. 

Jesse Charles went the distance for Munford. He struck out three and allowed nine hits and just one earned run. 

 

 

 

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