brighton softball

The Brighton Lady Cardinals play a do-or-die district tournament game Tuesday in Savannah.

Munford and Brighton lost its softball district tournament openers Friday, setting up a dramatic matchup Saturday afternoon in Savannah.

The winner would stay alive and move a win away from the region tournament, while the loser would be done for the season.

It ended up being the end of the road for Munford as Brighton beat the rain and the Lady Cougars 6-4 thanks to a fifth-inning rally.

Brighton (16-10-1) will face another do-or-die game Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Savannah against Hardin County or Dyer County. A win in that one will put Brighton in the District 13-AAA title game at 7 p.m. and in next week's region semifinals.

The forecast called for rain and midway through the fourth inning, with the skies threatening, Munford led 4-1. Games are official after five innings and weather could have ended things with Brighton trailing, but the rain held off and Brighton scored five times in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.

Alyssa Camp singled in the first run of the inning, the second came home on a hit batsman and two more scored on a single by Allye Potter. Avery Billings singled in the final run of the frame.

Brighton's first run of the game came on a solo homer by Lauryn Maher in the first inning.

Makayla Stinnett worked around five hits over seven innings to pick up the win for Brighton.

Jasmine Fayne had a double and two RBIs for Munford and Kayla Reed doubled in a run. Claire Geiger, Shelby Kendrick and Riley Baskin each had a single for Munford.

Baskin pitched all six innings for Munford, striking out one, walking three and allowing eight hits.

Avery Billings had two hits and an RBI for Brighton, Jade Howard singled and Caylee Comer drove in a run.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email​