Big inning dooms CCHS

From Staff Reports

Catholic-Pointe Coupee exploded for five runs in the first inning en route to a 6-2 Class 1A bi-district win against Central Catholic Monday in New Rhodes.

Catholic-Pointe Coupee (16-11, District 6-1A) used two early Central Catholic (16-12) errors and a three-run triple to take a 5-0 lead.

CCHS starter Meagan Landry settled down after the big first inning and held the Green Hornets scoreless until the fifth inning when they tacked on another run.

In a complete game effort, Landry surrendered six runs (four earned) on five hits and struck out three.

The Lady Eagles’ offense struggled as it garnered just seven hits in Monday’s loss.

“We played six outstanding innings, but unfortunately, the first inning stopped us from advancing to the next round of the playoffs,” CCHS coach Joe Russo said. “Take out the first inning and we win the ball game, 2 to 1. We out-hit them, and we left more runners on base than they did. We also out-scored them after the first inning.”

CCHS scored its first run in the fourth inning when Caroline Byrne doubled and scored after Celine Flores reached on a CPC throwing error. Flores, however, was stranded in scoring position after Hailee Thomas struck out and Olivia Crawford grounded out. The Lady Eagles left seven runners on the base path in the game.

CCHS’ biggest hit came in the seventh inning when Amanda Barron connected for a solo home run. But the Lady Eagles couldn’t use the momentum to push across any more runs.

Barron led the Lady Eagles with two hits, including the home run, as well as an RBI and a run, while Byrne also added two hits, including the double, and a run. Abbie Bergeron, Landry and Flores each added a single.

Central Catholic returns its entire 2012 roster next season. CCHS had five juniors, two sophomores, nine freshmen and an eighth-grader this season.

“Although I did not want to end our season this early, I must say I enjoyed the year around these girls, and I look forward to summer ball and next year’s high school season,” Russo said.

Catholic-Pointe Coupee moves on to face the winner of No. 4 Oak Grove and No. 29 Delhi Charter in the regional round.

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