Lady Cards roll past Lady Tarpons in softball
Mon. February 20, 2012 at 10:36 p.m. | By Mike Wagenheim/Sports Correspondent
THIBODAUX — E.D. White Catholic softball coach Linda Sanders was concerned heading into her team's season opener against South Lafourche on Monday afternoon.
But those worries were quickly alleviated as the Lady Cardinals romped the Lady Tarpons in a run-rule 15-0 decision in nondistrict action.
"We had some girls playing different positions," Sanders said. "Our practices have been shaky. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was very pleased at what I saw, pitching-wise and hitting-wise."
E.D. White scored five runs in each of its three times at bat and ran at will, totaling 13 stolen bases.
Claire LeBouef, the club's lone senior, delivered a double, a single and a bases-loaded walk. She also recorded a stolen base and scored a pair of runs.
Lady Cardinals pitcher Madison Rodrigue allowed one hit and struck out three in taking the victory.
"This is a huge confidence booster for us," said LeBouef, who started at third base. "This is a payoff for all the hard work we've been putting in at practice. I've just been trying to keep us positive, but we've got a lot of young leaders, and I think we're headed for a good year."
E.D. White took advantage of 12 walks, along with a pair of hit batsmen and several wild pitches, issued by South Lafourche pitcher Marissa Melancon.
The Lady Cardinals needed just four run-scoring hits, including a couple by Rodrigue in support of her own cause.
The rest of the damage was done through a combination of patience at the plate and an aggressive running game.
Catcher Chelsey Page recorded the lone hit for South Lafourche (0-1) on a third-inning single.
"We had a couple of players out for this one so we had to shuffle positions," South Lafourche coach Corey Callais said. "We didn't make a lot of mistakes defensively, which I was glad to see. But we're going to need to make adjustments at the plate. We faced a good program, and it gives us an opportunity to see exactly what it is we need to work on."
At Houma, the Lady Tigers fell to 0-1 with the nondistrict loss, and Ashley Theriot suffered the loss in the circle.
Destrehan led 4-0 after the first inning.
H.L. BOURGEOIS 3
At Gray, the Lady Braves fell to 0-1 with the nondistrict loss, and Brenna Copes took the loss in the circle.
Kaplan scored two runs each in the first and fourth innings and scored three in the second.
Lindsey McCollough was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for H.L. Bourgeois.
MORGAN CITY 1,
At Thibodaux, Kayla Bland walked none and struck out eight in the circle for the home team, but a fourth-inning run by Morgan City gave the visiting Lady Tigers the nondistrict win.
Thibodaux (0-1) had six hits. Amber Clement and Sadie Daigle each went 2-for-3 for Thibodaux.
CENTRAL-BATON ROUGE 12,
At Napoleonville, Central hit a 3-run homer in the first and added a seven-run fourth inning in taking the nondistrict win that ended after five innings.
Alli Beth Blanchard suffered the loss in the circle and Sadie Arabie (single, RBI) and Emily Booty (RBI) led the Lady Mustangs (0-1) at the plate.
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 12,
LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN 1
At Lafayette, Lindsey Crowdus had a home run, two doubles, two RBIs, stole two bases and got the nondistrict victory in the circle (allowing six hits) as the Lady Warriors improved to 1-0.
The game was stopped after five innings. Houma Christian had 13 hits and had a seven-run second inning.
Taylor Pierron (double, RBI) and Emily Albares (double, single, RBI) were other offensive leaders for the Lady Warriors.
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 5,
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3
At Thibodaux, as part of the Central Lafourche Jamboree that was moved to Thibodaux on Monday because of inclement weather over the weekend, the Cardinals emerged with the exhibition victory.
SOUTH TERREBONNE 12,
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 10
At Thibodaux, as part of the Central Lafourche Jamboree that was moved to Thibodaux on Monday because of inclement weather over the weekend, the Gators used five different pitchers and rallied from an 8-3 deficit to get the victory in six innings.
Seth Cadiere was the last to throw and worked an inning and got the save and Britt Pellegrin got the win.
The Gators scored five runs in the fifth and four in the sixth and South Lafourche had an eight-run third.
Zachary LeBeouf (triple, double), Zack Hebert (two doubles) and Josh Trujillo (double) led the Gators at the plate, and Norry Galjour homered for the Tarpons.