After both teams abused Elmore City-Pernell, the Empire Lady Bulldogs and the Bray-Doyle Donkeys split two games in their Class A softball district Thursday.

Empire started the day by beating the Lady Badgers 27-0, and Bray-Doyle eliminated Elmore City by a 23-0 margin.

Natalie Whitt and Jodee Rather combined for 13 RBIs against Elmore City, and Bray-Doyle’s Jordan Brown got her first career home run.

The Lady Bulldogs then downed B-D, 1-0, but the Lady Donkeys came back with a 11-0 win to force an elimination game at 1:30 p.m. today.

“We showed a lot of heart in the second game,” Bray-Doyle head coach Joe Knapp said. “In the first game, we had six hits and we hit the ball right at them the rest of the time. The win was a reassurance that we are a good team.”

Rothner got the win for EHS in the first game, as she threw all seven innings. She allowed six hits, struck out four and didn’t allow a walk.

The lone run came in the home frame of the fourth, as Rothner singled and moved to second on a passed ball. Rather doubled to push in Rothner for the 1-0 final.

Rothner and Rather were both 1-for-3, while Jacee Rather was 1-for-2.

Jordan Brown was the tough-luck loser, striking out 13 over six innings, and allowing just the three hits.

Bettye Perez led B-D offensively with a 2-for-3 game.

Bray-Doyle got the hits to fall in the second game, as every batter for the Lady Donkeys recorded a hit.

Bobbi Jo Everett was 2-for-2 with three runs batted in and three runs scored, and Brittany Cramton was 2-for-4.

The Lady Donkeys got a no-hitter out of Jordan Brown in the win.

B-D got on the board first with six runs in the second inning. Perez reached on an error and scored on an infield single by Shayla Bingham for a 1-0 edge with two outs. Heather Stinnett singled, and Brandi Goodrich’s base knock loaded the bases. Everett drove in Bingham with a single and Brown cleared the bases with a three-run double for a 5-0 lead. B-D got the last run across on two wild pitches.

The Lady Donkeys added to their lead with two runs in the fourth. Everett led off with a single and stole second. Laci Bowen singled to plate Everett for a 7-0 cushion, and Cramton came up with an RBI-single with two outs.

Three runs by B-D in the fifth capped the scoring. Bingham walked and scored as Goodrich struck out but reached second on a passed ball. Everett singled in Goodrich and ended up on third, thanks to an error. She scored on another EHS miscue for the 11-0 final.

“In Game 1, we did the little things,” Empire head coach Clay Davis said. “In Game 2, they (the Lady Donkeys) did a better job of executing. That’s what it will come down to tomorrow is who executes and who doesn’t.”

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