After losing at Dyer County 11-1 on Monday, Brighton needed a win against the Choctaws Tuesday night at home to stay in the thick of the District 13-AAA race.
Dalton Rushing hit a three-run homer, his fifth long ball of the season, in the bottom of the fifth to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead. Two more runs scored later in the inning on an error and Brighton went on to a 9-2 win.
The victory pushed Brighton’s record to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in league play, one game behind Dyer County and tied with Hardin County. The Cardinals wrap up league play with a doubleheader at last place Liberty Tech on Monday. Two wins there would mean Brighton can finish no worse than a tie for first.
Hunter Deering kept the Dyer County offense in check Tuesday night, pitching all seven innings to earn the win. He struck out nine, walked three and allowed just five hits.
Dyer County scored two runs in the first innings before being held scoreless the rest of the way.
Dylan Baskin was 2 for 4 with three RBIs for Brighton, Blaine Lavelle doubled and Dylan Forbes, Logan Rushing and Sam Dunlap each had one hit.
Brighton scored once in the first inning and eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined.
In other action:
Munford (8-16) fell to 0-6 in district play with an 8-7 loss at Hardin County Tuesday night.
The Cougars scored four times in the top of the sixth to go ahead 7-5, but Hardin County answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Shane Cox and Corey Fleming were each 3 for 4 with a homer.