Posts tagged ‘softball’

Claiborne Christian wins first title

published May 3, 2009

Claiborne pitcher Kara Anderson strikes out 13. BY KAREN WINK

Claiborne pitcher Kara Anderson strikes out 13. BY KAREN WINK

SULPHUR — It was a battle of the pitchers in the Class C finals with the second-seeded Claiborne Christian Lady Crusaders beating the topseeded Calvin Lady Cougars 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Fast Pitch 56.

Calvin’s Hannah Howell and Claiborne pitcher Kara Anderson each had 13 strikeouts, but the Crusaders broke through just enough in the early innings to unseat the Cougars, the two-time defending Class C champs.

“We knew we had to watch out for Calvin,” said Claiborne head coach Kristin Bennett. “They’re tough and they had solid seniors, so we were ready for a battle.”

Claiborne scored its runs at the bottom of the first and third innings, both by junior shortstop Jerrica Bennett.

“We didn’t get the timely hits we needed,” Calvin head coach David Huckaby said.

Calvin threatened twice — in the fifth and seventh innings.

With two outs and runners on second and third in the fifth, seventh-grader Alana Abels hit a hard liner which deflected off the Anderson’s leg to third baseman Emily Clements, who threw to first base for the end the inning.

With two out in the top of the seventh, Howell walked and Clements singled. But Anderson struck out Calvin catcher Holly Rhymes to end the game and capture the school’s first softball title.

Huckaby said he is expecting big things from his four seventh graders.

“We will be making some noise next year,” Huckaby said.


May 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Belle Chasse goes extra to win 4A

*published May 3, 2009

SULPHUR — It was a fight to the bitter end in the Class 4A state softball title game Saturday night, with Belle Chasse finally winning 3-1 in eight innings over West Ouachita for its first championship in 22 years.

Lauren Wilson got the winning hit, plating Alexandra Breland and Kat Angeles with an eighth-inning single.

Belle Chasse scored first in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI by senior pitcher Wilson.

“Lauren was amazing tonight,” said Belle Chasse coach Tony LaBella. “She just had been here too many times without winning.”

West Ouachita tied it at 1-all in the top of the fourth when catcher Hannah LaBorde scored on a hit by shortstop Brooke Potier.

“After that, I think we started thinking too much and I wasn’t trusting my pitcher,” said West Ouachita head coach Lori Bruscato.

Over the next four innings big catches by Wilson and the Belle Chasse outfield kept the Lady Chiefs at bay.

“When Alex led off with a single, I thought we got into a good position,” Bruscato said. “I think it all came down to who had the last at-bat because I know we wanted it as bad as them.”


May 3, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Miscues end season for Singer

*published May 3, 2009

Errors and a smoking arm did in the Singer Lady Hornets in the Class C semifinals against the Claiborne Lady Crusaders, who shut them out 9-0.

Singer committed six errors and Claiborne sophomore pitcher Kara Anderson struck out 15 of 22 batters.

Singer sophomore pitcher Brittany Michael had the team’s only two hits.

Head coach Lacy Gary said questionable calls, or the lack of, contributed to the errors.

In the bottom of the first inning, first baseman Emalie Nixon claimed that Claiborne runners were sliding in and hitting her with their cleats.

“The umpire not calling this got the girls upset and I think they started overdoing things,” Gary said.

The umpire initially warned both teams.

Gary said the team became more frustrated when junior second baseman Debra Hext was ejected in the bottom of the third inning for pushing Kara Anderson while running to first.

Claiborne scored five runs in the third inning.

The momentum continued as shortstop Jerrica Bennett had a leadoff double at the top of the sixth inning.


May 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Kinder falls to top-ranked Evangel

*published may 2, 2009

Kinder’s Courtney Langley is tagged out by Evangel catcher Alex Kirkikis Friday in Sulphur. BY BRAD K. PUCKETT

Kinder’s Courtney Langley is tagged out by Evangel catcher Alex Kirkikis Friday in Sulphur. BY BRAD K. PUCKETT

SULPHUR — The Kinder Lady Yellow Jackets struck first Friday in the Class 2A quarterfinals, but it wasn’t enough to stop the No. 1-seeded Evangel Lady Eagles.

Evangel took advantage of a young Kinder team, beating the Jackets 7-2.

“We made some mistakes and they cost us,” said Kinder head coach Skip Pickle. “But they made mistakes too.”

Kinder (22-9) struck first with back-to-back runs at the top of the third inning by senior Kristie Ledoux and junior Kara Kingery.

After that, the elder Lady Eagles kicked into high gear with 12 hits.

Evangel junior pitcher Emily Rousseau had five strikeouts and hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Senior right fielder Jackie Victoriano had three RBIs.

Laura Cannon took the loss in the circle, striking out four and giving up 12 hits.

Despite his team’s three errors, Pickle made sure to let his team know that he was very proud of how they handled themselves.

His freshman infield, Kalli Andrews, Alexus Lavan and Haley Stroup, each singled, which led to the Lady Yellow Jackets’ two runs.

Pickles said the loss of seniors Ledoux, Courtney Langley and Faith Miller are on his mind but he said he would focus on the present for a little while.

“A new year always brings new challenges,” Pickle said.


May 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm