West Ouachita edges MCHS 7-6
The Morgan City Lady Tigers softball team was eliminated from the Class 4A postseason with a 7-6 loss to No. 17 seed West Ouachita in Morgan City Wednesday. The Lady Tigers, the No. 16 seed in this year’s postseason, conclude their season with a 14-14 mark. Above, Morgan City catcher Morgan Comeaux tags a West Ouachita base runner as she slides at home plate. (The Daily Review/Corwin Murray)
Marilynn Bailey blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie Morgan City’s bi-district playoff game against West Ouachita at 6.
But West Ouachita answered with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning for a 7-6 win Tuesday in Morgan City.
West Ouachita, the 17th-seed, grabbed the lead in the third inning, loading the bases with two outs against Morgan City starter Tyler Hebert. Britanie Murphy had an RBI-single and Rebecca Skains had a two-run double to put the Lady Chiefs ahead 5-2.
“We’ve had one inning all season when we seemed to fall asleep, and that cost us the game tonight,” Morgan City coach Tamara Keller said.
Hebert took the loss for the No. 16 seed Lady Tigers (14-14). In seven innings, she surrendered seven runs — two earned — on nine hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Offensively, the Lady Tigers had the bases loaded twice but plating just one run total.
“We didn’t pick up runs when we had people on base, and they did,” Keller said. “We left too many base runners on the base paths.”
Morgan City added a run in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Hannah Falgout to cut its deficit to 5-3.
Hebert and West Ouachita’s starter Julia Morrison kept the bats quiet until the Lady Chiefs (15-14) broke through for a run in the fifth for a 6-3 lead.
“We couldn’t keep their first two batters off base,” Keller said. “Their speed had a lot to do with them getting the win tonight.”
Brandi Ingram singled to open the bottom of the fifth, but the Lady Tigers hit into a double play.
Ingram was 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs.
Hebert retired the side again in the top of the sixth to set up Bailey’s heroics.
In the Lady Tigers’ final at-bat, Ingram singled again but Aliyah Green, who hit the ball hard all night, popped out to deep centerfield. Katelyn Alvarez also popped out before Falgout lined out to end the game.
“I thought we had a good chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh,” Keller said. “We hit the ball hard but right at them.”
Other top hitters for Morgan City included Bailey, 3-for-4, a home run, three RBIs and a run; and Alvarez and Falgout, each an RBI.
The loss marked the last games for three Lady Tigers, Bailey, Taylor Prince and Morgan Comeaux.
“I really wish we could’ve sent them out in better fashion,” Keller said. “But considering all the hurdles we faced this season, I’m really proud of this team. There’s never a good way to lose.”
West Ouachita will continue postseason play when it hosts top seed Cabrini.