Bradford Tornadoes Softball Defeats Union County in Overtime Thriller

The Bradford Tornadoes varsity softball team defeated the Union County Fightin’ Tigers 7-6 in an overtime thriller.

Talia Brown sealed the deal for the Tornadoes Monday night with a game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the game for Bradford.

“It feels amazing,” Brown said.

Back and Forth

This 7-6 victory comes after a back and forth game that found Bradford in a hole, down 2-0 up until the bottom of the third inning. Hannah McFarland had a nice hit to center that allowed Talia Brown to run home, making the score 2-1.


The Tornadoes had an explosive fourth inning, scoring five runs to run up the score 6-2. First, Delany Crosby had a hit to left field with bases loaded that moved Allie Funderburk home, tying the ball game at 2 apiece.

Seconds after tying the game, the Tornadoes did some more damage when Emily McCoy had a deep hit down the middle that sent two Tornadoes home, making it 4-2. At the next at-bat, Hannah McFarland drilled a shot down the middle again to get another two Tornadoes to score, making it 6-2 Bradford.

After letting the score get to 6-2, Union County made a huge comeback that included a few errors in the Bradford outfield. First, Randa Godwin had a hit to left field that sent Kamaya Cohen home, making the score 6-3.

The top of the sixth is where the Tigers tied the game when Kensley Hamilton had a hit to get to first, but a missed catch from Brown to first base allowed a Tiger to score. Directly after, the Tigers were able to score again, and then another error caused the Tigers to tie the game, 6-6.


The seventh inning left both teams nervous but also left both teams scoreless. Three quick outs for the Tigers, including a beautiful catch by Brown to get the third out.

The Tornadoes were able to get a girl on the first and third base before receiving three outs and forcing overtime.

During overtime, the Tigers weren’t able to face the pressure as three quick outs put them back in the outfield. Bradford was set up perfectly to win the game. Talia Brown stepped up to bat and hit a foul ball. Then, knocked the ball out of the park to win the game for the Tornadoes.


The Tornadoes now move to 7-3 on the season and will face Newberry Highschool at home on Thursday.

About Sasha Stein

Sasha Stein is a current UF student aspiring to become a sports reporter/broadcaster.

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