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CENTRAL HIGH —
Difficulties on defense turned what looked like a win into a 6-5 loss in Central High softball’s first game of regionals against Chattanooga Thursday.
Fortunately, the Bronchos were able to steady themselves and responded well by destroying Navajo 18-0 in the second game. This sets up a likely rematch against Chattanooga Friday with a chance to face Sterling with the regional title on the line. If the team does get the rematch, it will be ready, coach Chad Wheldon said.
“Our girls know it’s going to be a battle every time we play them,” Wheldon said.
Leading the forces into that battle will be pitcher Keena Huffman, who shifted from dominant and nerve-wracked during the loss to the Warriors. Her changeup devastated the opposing lineup early on, but it faded from her arsenal late in the game. In the second game, that wasn’t a problem.
“She dominated the second game,” Wheldon said. “Obviously Navajo wasn’t as tough as Chattanooga, but she’s a gamer. She’ll be ready to go.”
The offense played better in the second game as well. The Bronchos collected 14 hits and six players reached base two or more times, giving Central High something to build on heading into a tough matchup, no matter who it faces.