Team effort leads Lady Warriors to win
Wed. April 11, 2012 at 10:36 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
Lindsay Crowdus and Peyton Eschette may have headlined for the Houma Christian School softball team on Tuesday afternoon, but nearly every member of their supporting cast got in on the act.
Crowdus delivered a three-run homer over the fence down the line in left field to end the game in the fifth inning after Eschette held Ecole Classique to a run on no hits in Houma Christian's 11-1 District 10-1A run-rule victory at the Westside Girls Softball Complex.
Along with Crowdus (3-for-3, walk, two runs, three-run homer) and Eschette (five innings, no hits, no runs, six strikeouts, three walks and 2-for-3 with two doubles), Amy Bonvillain (1-for-1, two-run single), Emily Albares (two RBIs), Alexis Francis (triple), Hallie Dardar (RBI, two run), Abby Morvant (1-for-2, double, run, walk), Megan Boudreaux (2-for-2, RBI, two runs), Jordan Hall (two runs) and Faith Pierce (run) got in on the fun for the Lady Warriors (16-8), who finished district play undefeated at 8-0.
Houma Christian, who had 11 hits and is heading to the Class 1A playoffs, was also coming off a tough 5-3 loss to E.D. White Catholic on Monday.
"It was great to come back out (Tuesday) and walk away with a win," Lady Warriors coach Christi Crowdus said. "We did a better job at the plate, and Peyton also did a great job. We just want to keep building. I don't think we have played our best game yet. We need to practice hard and put it all together for the playoffs. Megan Boudreaux has come in the last few games and consistently hit well for us, and I am happy with how she has progressed this season."
Eschette cruised through the first three innings and, other than allowing back-to-back lead-off walks in the fourth, she kept the Lady Spartans (5-7, 1-7 in district) at bay.
"(Monday's) loss really hurt because we really wanted that one," Eschette said. "I think coming back the way we did (Tuesday) really got our confidence up for the playoffs. I felt good being in the circle."
The Lady Warriors (11 hits, error) scored a run in the first inning, two in the second, a run in the third, two in the fourth, and five in the fifth inning, which proved to be the last after the blast by Crowdus, which came with two outs and sent the mercy-rule into effect.
"It was awesome that Lindsey came back right there and won it for us," Eschette said.
Ecole Classique (no errors) scored its run after two walks and an error in the fourth inning, and Kailee Meier suffered the complete-game loss in the circle. Lily Hebert scored the lone run for the Lady Spartans.
H.L. BOURGEOIS 8, ACADIANA 1
At Gray, the Lady Braves improved to 18-11 overall with the nondistrict victory. Kasie Hebert got the win in the circle, and Maddy Monnier had a three-run homer for H.L. Bourgeois.
Taylor Coulon was also 3-for-3 for the Lady Braves.
THIBODAUX 12, E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 2
At Thibodaux, the Lady Tigers improved to 12-11 overall with the nondistrict win in a game that was stopped in the sixth inning because of the mercy rule.
Kayla Bland got the win in the circle for Thibodaux, and Madison Rodrigue suffered the loss for E.D. White (four hits, two errors).
The Lady Tigers (17 hits) scored two runs in the first inning, five in the second, three in the third and two in the sixth.
Amber Clement, Bland, Saide Daigle, Bethany Bourgeois, Joni Lassere and Rhea Tardo led Thibodaux at the plate.
The Lady Cardinals fell to 11-16 overall.
MORGAN CITY 3, ASSUMPTION 2 (NINE INNINGS)
At Morgan City, the Lady Tigers scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to take the extra-inning District 8-4A victory.
Morgan City (17-12, 5-3 in district) also scored a run in the first and another in the bottom of the seventh to push it to extra innings.
Assumption scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, and Kirstyn Torres suffered loss in the circle.
Amanda Gianelloni had two hits for the Lady Mustangs.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 1, RIVERSIDE ACADEMY 0
At Houma, the Lady Terriers moved to 22-6 overall and won their 16th game in a row with the nondistrict victory.
Leah Bergeron got the victory in the circle and had six strikeouts, no walks and allowed four hits.
The Lady Terriers, who had their nondistrict home game against Mt. Carmel scheduled for today cancelled, had five hits, and Makelle Pena was 2-for-3. Riverside fell to 21-8 on the season.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 11, ELLENDER 0
At Houma on Monday, Bergeron struck out nine in four innings of work, walked none and allowed two hits in leading the Lady Terriers to the District 8-4A win in five innings.
Nora Keehn worked one inning of relief for the Lady Terriers and struck out one with no hits and no walks.
Hannah Hebert (3-for-4, four RBIs), Courtney Lovoi (3-for-4, two RBIs) and Sarah Ourso (3-for-4, four RBIs) led Vandebilt and the plate.
Ellender fell to 11-13 and 2-6 in district.
ST. JAMES WINS DOUBLEHEADER
At St. James, the Lady Wildcats improved to 14-10 overall with a nondistrict doubleheader win over Sarah Reed on Monday.
In Game 1, St. James won 19-0 in three innings, and Brittany Ferchaud got the victory after striking out eight of the nine batters she faced. Amber Rouge was 3-for-3 with eight RBIs in the win.
In Game 2, St. James won 23-4, and Rouge got the win in the circle.
Ferchaud was 4-for-4 with four home runs, and Amber Thibodaux added a grand slam for St. James.
St. James is on the brink of making the playoffs for the first time in school history and will find if they qualify on Friday.