Ellender imposes mercy rule on visiting Lady Tarpons
Thu. February 21, 2013 at 9:42 a.m. | By Jason Corbin / Sports Correspondent
Ellender softball coach Janie Trosclair wanted to see what her team was capable of in Wednesday’s nondistrict game against South Lafourche.
The Lady Patriots responded by erupting for 11 hits with three extra-bases hits, including a grand slam, and were aggressive on the base paths with seven stolen bases.
One big inning and a solid defensive performance was all Ellender needed in an 11-0 win over the Lady Tarpons.
The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings.
“They need some confidence in the batters’ box,” Trosclair said. “To be a good hitter you need to approach your at bat with confidence. We did that today and had a lot of success.”
Ellender (1-1 overall) broke a scoreless tie with a run in the third inning. Annie Robinson reached on a passed ball on a third strike and advanced to third base on pair of stolen bases. She scored on a fielder’s choice by Kyler Trosclair for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Patriots (1-1 overall) put the game away with a 10-run fourth inning. Kyler Trosclair and Kaitlyn Moore opened the inning with back-to-back singles, and they would score on Lauren Lopez’s hit for a 3-0 lead. Meghan Ledet reached on an error that was made on a potential double-play grounder.
Ellender made the most of South Lafourche’s miscue, scoring eight more runs for an 11-0 lead. Lopez and Ledet scored on Robinson’s single to make the score 5-0. Kristin Dryden and Madison Touchard followed with back-to-back walks, and Courtney hit a two-run double for a 7-0 lead.
After Alyssa Bush’s reached on an infield single to load the bases, Kyler Trosclair cleared the bases with a grand slam over the right field wall for a commanding 11-0 lead.
“We had a couple of miscues on the defensive end and it just ballooned,” South Lafourche coach Corey Callais said. “Marissa (Melancon) pitched a really good game. We just didn’t make the plays we need to and gave them some momentum. Then their bats really came to life.”
Kyler Trosclair led the Lady Patriots going 2-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBIs. Dardar went 2-for-3 with a double, while Lopez added two singles. Eight players finished with hits for Ellender.
Bush earned the win striking out nine of the 17 Lady Tarpons she faced, while yielding one walk and a first-inning double to Kara Laird.
Melancon suffered the loss for South Lafourche (1-1), finishing with three strikeouts.
“We played well on defense and limited their opportunities,” Trosclair said. “Alyssa did a good job of changing up speeds and keeping them off balanced, and we made the plays we need to behind her. This is a good game for us to build on.”
MORGAN CITY 9, THIBODAUX 0
At Morgan City, Thibodaux allowed 10 hits in its nondistrict loss.
Morgan City, which held Thibodaux (0-2 overall) to one hit in the game, scored three runs in the first inning, two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Kayla Bland (six innings, four earned runs, 10 hits and one walk) took the loss in the pitcher’s circle for Thibodaux, while Sadie Daigle (1-for-3) led the Lady Tigers at the plate