MCHS beats CCHS in 9 innings
From Staff Reports
In a softball game pitting two nearby rivals, it took extra innings to decide a winner between the Central Catholic Lady Eagles and the Morgan City Lady Tigers in Bayou Vista on Tuesday.
Finally, in the ninth inning, the Lady Tigers scratched across two runs and its defense held the Lady Eagles scoreless in the bottom of the frame, allowing MCHS to leave with a 4-2 road victory.
“In the ninth inning, our defense was told to take one out at a time and stay calm and play your game that you (have) been working very hard at, and that is what they did,” MCHS coach Kelly Jo Aucoin said.
Both MCHS’ Tyler Hebert and CCHS’ Megan Landry each pitched complete games for their respective teams.
Hebert surrendered two walks, five hits, one earned run and struck out three.
“She did a great job on the mound,” Aucoin said.
In the loss, Landry (4-4) surrendered four runs (two earned) on 13 hits with three walks and struck out 14.
“It was a good ballgame,” Aucoin said. “Both teams battled to the very end of the game.”
CCHS scored first with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but MCHS quickly responded with two runs in the top of the fifth.
The Lady Eagles knotted the score at two with a single run in the bottom of the fifth. The score remained the same until MCHS plated its runs in extra innings.
“It was a classic, hard-fought ballgame, and both teams played well enough to win,” CCHS coach Joe Russo said. “It is ballgames like this why coaches want to coach, players want to play, and people want to watch.”
Shannon Theriot led MCHS at the plate with a 4-for-5 performance with two triples, a sacrifice, an RBI and a run.
Other MCHS leaders included Katelyn Adams, 3-for-4 with a run and a walk; Marilynn Bailey, 2-for-5 with a run and a stolen base; Brandi Ingram, 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI; Hebert, 1-for-4 with a sacrifice and a walk; and Amber Bailey, 1-for-4 with a run and a walk.
For CCHS, Kimberly Russo led the way with two hits, one run and a stolen base, while Landry added two hits and Celine Flores added a hit and an RBI.
CCHS (5-6) will return to action today when it travels to face Ellender at 4 p.m., while MCHS (7-4) also will face Ellender in its next contest, its District 8-4A opener, at 4 p.m. at home on Thursday.
District 9-3A opener
The Berwick Lady Panthers won their District 9-3A opener on the road Tuesday against Erath, 9-1.
The Lady Panthers scored a run in the second, four in the third and three more in the seventh en route to the win.
Erath scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth.
Megan Fabre led the Lady Panthers with a 2-for-3 performance with a home run, three RBI and a run.
Other BHS hitters included Courtney Henry, 1-for-4 with a run, a stolen base and an RBI; Celeste Bowers, 1-for-3 with a double and a run; Megan Fegenbush, 1-for-3 with an RBI; Elizabeth Hover, 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base; Amber Girard, two runs, a stolen base and an RBI; and Haley Girard, 1-for-4 with two runs.
On the mound, Fegenbush earned the win to improve to 4-5 overall. In seven innings of work, she threw a two-hitter and struck out five.
Berwick (5-6, 1-0 in district play) will return to action Thursday when they host rival Patterson at 4 p.m. at Lady Panther Diamond.
Patterson also opened District 9-3A play on Tuesday at home against North Vermilion.
A score and individual statistics were not available as of press time today.