Big 5th pushes Vandy to 6-2 win


Ellender's softball team was nine outs away from an upset of District 8-4A rival and perennial state power Vandebilt Catholic on Tuesday, but the Lady Terriers would not go quietly.

Back-to-back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the fifth inning led to a five spot, and the Lady Terriers rallied for a 6-2 win at their home field.

Ellender (9-10 overall, 1-3 in district) scored two runs in the top of the first inning after putting pressure on Vandebilt's defense and capitalizing on a couple Lady Terriers miscues which allowed Kyler Trosclair (2-for-3) and Kristara Gauthreaux to score for a 2-0 lead.

"This was a win for us," Ellender coach Janie Trosclair said. "We put some pressure on them in that first inning, but then we had two strikeouts per inning (the rest of the way), and that hurt."

Administering the pain was Lady Terriers pitcher Leah Bergeron, who settled in after the first inning, and used array of pitches to baffle Ellender hitters. She racked up 13 strikeouts while allowing four hits and walking none in the complete-game win.

"It took an inning or two to get warmed up after the first inning," Bergeron said. "We really cut out the errors, and that always helps when you have defense behind you. It gives you more confidence (in the circle)."

Vandebilt (12-6, 4-0 in district) scored a run in the third inning after Hannah Hebert reached on an error, took third on a double by Sarah Ourso and scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Bergeron.

The Lady Terriers (eight hits, two errors) broke it open in the fifth when RBI singles by Bergeron, Erin Crane and Allie Boudreaux put the Lady Terriers ahead 6-2 after Vandebilt took a 3-2 lead earlier in the inning when Carly Ellender and Makelle Pena each reached and scored.

"Once one person starts hitting, we all catch on," Bergeron said. "We feed off each other. That gets us going."

Trosclair said a couple of calls hurt Ellender (four hits, four errors), which got a complete-game eight hitter from freshman Alyssa Bush, in the bottom of the fifth.

"I thought in the fifth we had an opportunity when they had runners on second and third we had two pitches that looked like strikeouts, and he let them go (as balls)," she said. "If we strike that batter out, it's a different inning. She came through with a hit, and it changed the game. But my pitcher did a great job. We are right there with a good team, and we have four freshmen starting."

Vandebilt coach Margaret Johnson said she was glad to see her team maintain its composure heading into the fifth down 2-1.

"I was disappointed in the way we started the game," Johnson said. "Ellender came out tough and strong. I knew they would because Janie is a good coach. As the game went on, Leah got stronger and started hitting her spots. I was pleased with the way we fought back and how we didn't give up. We stayed within ourselves and started getting things together offensively and came through with some hits."

KURTZ, BENNETT OUT FOR SEASON

Johnson said Tuesday that Lady Terriers shortstop Kristen Kurtz, a junior who was an all-state player last year and the reigning District 8-4A MVP, will be out for the season with a shoulder injury.

She also said senior Megan Bennett, a potential starter in the outfield, will also miss the season with an elbow injury.

Neither one played for Vandebilt this regular season.

"Kristen is a really good softball player, and Megan probably has the quickest hands at the plate on the team," Johnson said. "It has taken us a while to get adjusted without them. We have shortened season now. When our soccer kids came back is when we started building. It's been a journey, but I feel like we are playing well right now. We are much improved from three or four weeks ago."

Ourso, a senior, has stepped in to fill Kurtz's role at shortstop.

THIBODAUX 14, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 3

At Galliano, the Lady Tigers got eight strikeouts in the circle from Kayla Bland as she allowed seven hits and two earned runs, and Thibodaux improved to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in District 7-5A.

Bland was also 4-for-5 at the plate with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs.

Meghan Hanley (2-for-4, four RBIs) and Amber Clement (2-for-5, two RBIs) were other offensive leaders for Thibodaux.

South Lafourche fell to 2-14 overall and 0-6 in district.

H.L. BOURGEOIS 9, WESTGATE 2

At Gray, the Lady Braves improved to 11-10 overall and 4-2 in District 7-5A, and Westgate dropped to 4-13 and 1-5 in district.

ASSUMPTION 3, MORGAN CITY 2,

At Napoleonville, the Lady Mustangs scored three runs in the sixth inning to improve to 11-11 and 3-1 in District 8-4A.

Kirstyn Torres allowed six hits and struck out three for Assumption in the circle and Sadie Arabie (two hits, RBI), Kissie Talbot (two sacrifices, RBI) and Shea Guillot (RBI) led the Lady Mustangs at the plate.

Morgan City fell to 13-10 and 2-2 in district.

ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC 3, E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 2

At LaPlace, the Lady Cardinals out-hit the Lady Comets, 5-4, but fell to 6-12 and 2-3 in District 7-3A.

E.D. White (four errors) scored two runs in the fifth, and St. Charles scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth inning.

Madison Rodrigue suffered the loss in the circle for E.D. White, which got RBIs from Maddie Toups and Abby Richard.

ST. JAMES 15, DONALDSONVILLE 12

At Donaldsonville, the Lady Wildcats improved to 10-3 and 1-3 in District 7-3A and hit the 10-win mark for the third time in school history.

Amanda Rouge, who also had the go-ahead two-run double in the top of the seventh inning, got the victory in the circle for the Lady Wildcats.

HOUMA CHRISTIAN 15, RIDGEWOOD PREP 5

At Houma, the Lady Warriors improved to 10-6 and 4-0 in District 10-1A with the five-inning victory.

Lindsay Crowdus struck out eight and allowed two walks in the circle.

Amy Bonvillain (3-for-3, three RBIs), Alexis Francis (2-for-3), Emily Albares (3-for-4, four RBIs) and Peyton Eschette (3-for-4, two triples) led the Lady Warriors at the plate.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN  ACADEMY 10, CHEF-BATON ROUGE 2

At Gray, the Lady Lions improved to 3-0 in Louisiana Christian School Athletic Association play. Rachel Seitz (nine strikeouts) tossed a one-hitter in the circle.

Mariah Trujillo (2-for-4), Naomi Trujillo (2-for-2) and Seitz (double) led CCA at the plate.

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE GAME POSTPONED

Tuesday's District 7-5A game between Central Lafourche and New Iberia has been postponed until Monday at 4 p.m. in New Iberia.