Munford and Brighton met Thursday in Brighton for an early-season District 13-AAA softball showdown and the game, like most involving the county rivals, went right down to the wire.
The Lady Cougars got a two-run homer from Sam Scott in the fourth inning to move ahead 2-1 and that's the way the game ended.
Scott, who also earned the win in the circle by striking out 12 and limiting Brighton to five hits over seven innings, said this was game she had been looking forward to.
“Winning this game means a lot,” said Scott. “District wins are always important, but I was really looking forward to this one.”
Brighton got a single from Ali Christmas in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Lady Cardinals were unable to bring her home.
In the sixth Brighton got a runner to second base with two outs, but Scott stranded her there with a strikeout.
Anna McIntyre hit a hard ground ball in the bottom of the seventh with one out, but Munford second baseman Maddison Welch made a diving play on the ball and threw her out at first.
Scott recorded her 12th strikeout of the final out.
“Sam was pumped,” Munford head coach Glenn Goulder said. “When she's pumped, she plays pretty hard. And that was a great play by Welch. That really picked us up.”
In the top of the fourth, Jodie Duncan singled before Scott hit a line drive of the fence in right-center to give her team the lead.
Raygan Huffman singled home Brighton's run in the first inning.
Seeley Layne pitched all seven innings for Brighton. She struck out three and allowed six hits.
Sam Berryhill had a pair of hits for Brighton.
Brighton head coach Robin Jacobs said he was pretty happy with the way his team performed.
“The last time we were on this field with them we lost 8-2,” Jacobs said. “We played good. It was a typical Munford-Brighton game. I thought Seeley pitched well. They had one big hit.”