Bradford Lady Roaders fall to Milton Union

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Bradford freshman Vivian Harleman takes a turn on the Lady Roaders mound in non-conference game with Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Bradford Lady Railroader dropped a 15-5 non-conference varsity softball game to the Milton-Union Lady Bulldogs following a 5-inning 15-3 loss to Greenville.

“We play bigger schools to get us ready to play the schools that are our size,” said Bradford coach Shon Shaffer. “If you look at our schedule, the schools that we play that are our size we’re right there with them. It’s not fun to lose against the big schools all the time.”

Milton-Union runner interferes with Bradford first baseman Kendal Weldy. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The young Lady Roaders struggled in the field giving up 8 errors while Milton-Union committed 4 errors.

“It is rough, it is really rough with this many young players,” Shaffer noted. “I keep trying to encourage the girls and just keep getting after it.”

Lilly Canan knocks a hit for Bradford in game with Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first and tacked on 3 runs in the second to lead 7-0 after 2 complete.

Bradford plated a run in the top of the third for a 7-1 score only to have the Lady Bulldogs break the game open with 7 runs in the bottom of the inning pushing its lead to 14-1.

Alani Canan strokes a Bradford double in Lady Roaders non-conference matchup with Lady Bulldogs. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Lady Roaders battled back with 4 runs in the top of the fourth and kept Milton-Union off the board in the bottom of the inning sending the game to the sixth with the Lady Bulldogs holding a 14-5 advantage.

Unable to dent the Bradford plate in the top of the fifth, Milton-Union scored a run in the bottom inning giving the Lady Bulldogs a run-rule win.

Tegan Canan takes a turn at the plate for Bradford in game with Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“I think we’ll get there, it’s just a long process,” said Coach Shaffer. “If you put runners on bad things happen.”

Bradford freshman Vivian Harleman paced the Lady Roaders going 2-3 with a double and triple, with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Alani Canan was 1-2 with a double and a run scored; Lilly Canan went 1-3 with a run and Chloe Hocker was 1-3.

BOX SCORE

123 456 7   R   H   E

001 40X X   5   5   8   Bradford

437 01X X   15 14 4   Milton-Union