The Glenbrook Lady Apaches took part in the River Oaks "Back to School" Tournament over the weekend and came home with a second place finish.
"It was just a huge team effort to accomplish what we did," Lady Apache head coach Jonathan Hardy said. "Everyone contributed in some way."
The Lady Apaches lost their first tournament game which was played at 9 a.m. in the morning. They then went on to win five straight games to reach the championship game, which they lost to River Oaks.
"We started out at 9 a.m. and finished up around 9 p.m., so it was 12 hours of softball for us," Hardy said. "I believe this is the best finish in this tournament we've ever had. This should help us grow up and be a confidence builder."
The Glenbrook ladies started their day with a 6-5 loss to River Oaks which knocked them into the loser's bracket. A Game 2 4-1 win over Tensas started them on their way back. They beat Claiborne Academy, 8-2 and Riverfield, 5-3 in Game s 3 & 4 before shutting out ACCS, 1-0.
The ladies then shut out Union Christian Academy 2-0 to reach the finals, where they lost 7-6 to River Oaks.
"I'm really proud of the girls," Hardy said. "They kept fighting and never gave up."
Gracyn Gorman had an outstanding day at the plate as she finished up with 11 hits in the tournament including two doubles, a triple and seven RBIs. Melody Hanson had eight hits and two RBIs and Shelby Nicholas had five singles, a double and drove in five runs.
"Gracyn really had a good day," Hardy said. "And Melody played well defensively and offensively, and I was proud of Shelby, she caught all seven games and did a great job behind the plate."
Carsin Spurlock added four hits and five RBIs, Lucille Dayton had four hits and Leanna Cooper added three more. Macey Branch had two hits and two steal, Jessica Mangram two hits and Megan Sims added a single. Taylor Simpson and Lauren Sims used their speed on the bases to steal four and two bases respectively and combined for six runs scored.
On the mound, Dayton went 4-2 on the day and Mangrum was 1-0.
"Lucille and Jessica both pitched really good," Hardy said. "Lucille started most of the games and Jessica did a good job in relief."