Ellender opens jamboree with wins
Fri. February 15, 2013 at 9:19 a.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
Ellender pitcher Alyssa Bush (6) gets beaned in the jaw as Central Lafourche Chelsea Grabert slides home Thursday in the Terrebonne Parish Softball Jamboree. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)
The ding of aluminum bats and click clack of cleats returned to the area on Thursday.
Seven local high schools — Ellender, Terrebonne, H.L. Bourgeois, South Terrebonne, Houma Christian, South Lafourche and Central Lafourche — participated in the Terrebonne Parish Softball Jamboree at Lafayette Woods Park. Each squad played a pair of three-inning games.
Host team Ellender kicked off the jamboree with a convincing 4-1 victory over Central Lafourche.
Sophomore Alyssa Bush powered the Lady Patriots on the mound and at the plate.
In the first inning, Bush (1-for-2) crushed a three-run home run over the left field wall. Later, Lauren Lopez (1-for-1) belted a double that plated Kyler Trosclair to put Ellender ahead 4-0.
Bush had four strikeouts and allowed only one hit as the Lady Patriots' winning pitcher. She also had a scary moment in the third inning.
After permitting a double to Lady Trojan Chelsea Grabert, Bush threw a wild pitch that got away from catcher Annie Robinson. With Bush trying to cover home plate as Grabert slid in safely, Robinson's toss toward home hit Bush in the jaw, causing her to bleed profusely, and she had to be taken out of the game.
"Alyssa's been working hard. That's why it's so unfortunate because she's been working her tail off, putting in extra time pitching to get better," Ellender coach Janie Trosclair said. "She'll be alright. She's a fighter. She'll bounce back."
Lopez got the Lady Patriots final out. Jordan Robicheaux (five hits and strikeouts each) took the loss for Central Lafourche.
With rain wiping out much of the preseason preparations, both coaches were just happy to see their teams play.
"This was the first time we actually got on the field as a team," Central Lafourche coach Katie Dufrene said. "Because of all the rain, our scrimmages had been rained out. It was good to get things going."
"It's nice to be out and actually doing something in the grass, in the dirt, instead of in the gym," Trosclair said. "We looked a little rusty off the bat, but we'll be alright."
Getting to watch several other local teams in action also gives the coaches ideas that they can work on and implement.
"It's only three innings," Duferene said, "but we get some insight into what everybody else is doing."
ELLENDER 2, TERREBONNE 0
Lauren Lopez had an RBI single, and Kaitlyn Moore scored on a fielder's choice in the Lady Patriots victory. Winning pitcher Kristen Dryden had three strikeouts.
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 8,
Amy Bonvillain and Jordan Hall each went 1-for-2 with two RBIs in the Lady Warriors victory. Taylor Sons (two innings, two strikeouts) and Hall (one inning, three strikeouts) combined for the win.
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 7,
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 0
Hailey Dardar smacked a two-run double to lead the Lady Warriors. Hall struck out five and allowed no hits in three innings pitched.
Kourtney LeBlanc had two strikeouts in the loss for Central Lafourche.
SOUTH TERREBONNE 11,
H.L. BOURGEOIS 1
Courtney Clement pitched a one-hitter with one strikeout and four walks in three innings of work to lead the Lady Gators on Thursday.
Leading hitters for the Lady Gators were Blare Pellegrin (2-for-2, home run, five RBIs) and Melissa Brunet (2-for-2, double).
SOUTH TERREBONNE 9,
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 0
Sarah LeBouef gave up one hit to lead the Lady Gators on Thursday. Taylor Dupre led South Terrebonne's offense by going 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.
H.L. BOURGEOIS 7,
SOUTH LAFOURCHE 0
Kassie Hebert picked up the win in the circle for the Lady Braves. Offensive stats were not available.