Patience pays off for Terrebonne in opener


Terrebonne's patience at the plate, combined with East St. John's struggles to find the strike zone, added up to a 15-5 victory by the Lady Tigers in the regular season opener for both schools on Tuesday at the West Side Girls Softball Complex in Houma.

The game ended in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.

For Terrebonne (1-0 overall), the season couldn't have started much better.

The Lady Tigers built leads of 4-0 and 6-1 before East St. John (0-1) had its biggest inning of the day — a four-run fourth inning that put the Lady Wildcats back in the game at 6-5 after a pair of two-run singles from Ciera Eugene and D'iranique Daniels off Terrebonne starter Madison Thompson made it a one-run game.

A half-inning later, Terrebonne squashed East St. John's momentum right away.

The Lady Tigers loaded the bases with one out off East St. John pitcher Jessica Sanford and drew consecutive bases-loaded walks from Thompson and Lauren Collins to take an 8-5 lead. Hannah Rodrigue then reached base safely to drive in a run on a fielder's choice throw to the plate to make it 9-5.

Terrebonne added another run on a wild pitch for a 10-5 lead, and Ashley Theriot followed with an RBI groundout to make it 11-5.

Another wild pitch brought in the Lady Tigers' fifth run of the inning to make it 12-5, and Hailey Gautreaux's run-scoring groundout made it 13-5 to cap a seven-run inning for Terrebonne.

Terrebonne finished things off with two runs in the fifth inning — the first on a wild throw from center field that allowed a run to score to make it 14-5.

Moments later with the bases loaded, Theriot was hit by a pitch to score the game-winning run.

"We don't have an accurate pitcher," said East St. John coach Stasha Thomas. "We're trying to fix that now. In a few of those innings, we just came out and lost focus."

Terrebonne scored two runs in the second inning off bases-loaded walks alone to take a 3-0 lead and added its fourth run on a run-scoring fielders' choice from Gautreaux to take a 4-0 lead after two innings.

Two tough-luck singles in the third allowed East St. John to scratch across its first run on Daniels' run-scoring groundout.

But Terrebonne scored in every inning afterward, including the monstrous seven-run fourth, to ensure the Lady Tigers never trailed in the game.

"They're a very young, inexperienced team, but we have trouble with slow pitchers from the get-go, so it was a good practice for us," Terrebonne coach Bess Guerrero said. "I know some pitchers in our district are slower and we really do have trouble with that. It was definitely a good warm-up, and they were very patient at taking pitches when they had to, and making sure they didn't sit on the third strike when they were in the hole.

"It was a good start to the season because we really haven't been able to practice outside much. We did make some errors when they had that (big) innings. We have some things we have to clean up, but we'll take care of that."

Thompson got the win for Terrebonne with five innings pitched.

RIVERSIDE ACADEMY 15, THIBODAUX 0

At Reserve, the Lady Tigers allowed 10 hits and fell to 0-1 overall with the nondistrict loss. The game was stopped after three innings because of the mercy rule.

Kayla Bland and Sadie Daigle each had a hit for Thibodaux.

KAPLAN 15, H.L. BOURGEOIS 0

At Kaplan, the Lady Braves fell to 0-1 overall with the nondistrict loss after the game was stopped after three innings because of the mercy rule.

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 5, NEW IBERIA 0

At New Iberia, the Lady Terriers improved to 1-0 overall, and Nora Keehn struck out 11, walked none and allowed four hits in the nondistrict contest.

Kristen Kurtz led Vandebilt at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, Hannah Hebert added two hits, and Courtney Lovoi had an RBI.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 4, ELLENDER 1

At Morgan City, the Lady Patriots fell to 0-1 overall with the nondistrict loss. Alyssa Bush (six hits, six strikeouts, two walks) suffered the loss in the circle.

Ellender's Kyler Trosclair was 3-for-3 with a run, and Megan Ledet and Bush each added a hit for Ellender (five hits).

DESTREHAN 10, ASSUMPTION 5

At Napoleonville, Kirstyn Torres suffered the loss in the circle, and the Lady Mustangs fell to 0-1 overall with the nondistrict loss.

Amanda Gianelloni (2-for-4, two RBIs), Torres (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Alyssa Dehart added a triple and a run scored.

FRENCH SETTLEMENT 14, ST. JAMES 2

At St. James, the Lady Wildcats fell to 0-1 overall with the nondistrict loss.

HOUMA CHRISTIAN 11, HANSON MEMORIAL 3

At Franklin, Taylor Sons allowed three runs, seven hits, struck out five and walked one as the Lady Warriors improved to 1-0 with the nondistrict victory.

Leading Houma Christian at the plate was Lindsey Crowdus (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), Amy Bonvillain (3-for-4, two doubles, homer) three runs, four RBI), Sons (two hits, two doubles, run, three RBIs), Haley Dardar (2-for-4, run) and Cameron Beal (3-for-4, two runs, RBI).

TWO GAMES POSTPONED

Two nondistrict softball games involving area teams scheduled for Tuesday will now be played today. Central Lafourche is at Patterson at 4 today, and Covenant Christian Academy is at North Vermilion at 4:30 today.

— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.