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Brighton’s Rangers finish undefeated

Softball03MOORE HAVEN — The season finale was business as usual for the Rangers girls softball team from Brighton Recreation.

Just as they did all season, the Rangers racked up impressive numbers at the plate and dished out outstanding pitching May 6 as they finished with a 14-2 win against the Cubs in the Moore Haven town league for ages 9-12.

“We went undefeated. We ended up 8-0,” Brighton coach Kelly Smiley said. “They did really well.”

Having a pitching staff that rarely allowed runs and an offense that was tough to keep off the base paths proved to be a winning combination this season.

“We scored way more than (our opponents). Our pitching is really awesome and we have really good hitting,” Smiley said.

The perfect season was compiled thanks to Aubee Billie, Mariah Billie, Alliana Brady, Caylie Huff, Haylie Huff, Jacee Jumper, Janessa Nunez, Julia Smith, Melina Steve, Alaina Sweat, Mallorie Thomas and Chyler Villarreall.

With strong pitching from Aubee Billie, Caylie Huff, Nunez and Thomas, opponents in the three-team league seldom crossed home plate.

“They rarely put it in play. Our pitchers do good work,” Smiley said.

The Rangers scored seven runs in each of the first two innings against the Cubs. The game ended after the second inning.

Brighton also brought younger teams to Moore Haven in coach-pitch and T-ball leagues.

Staff Reporter Eileen Soler contributed to this article.

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