Thibodaux turns back South Terrebonne in softball


Both starting pitchers had six good innings, and one bad one. But Thibodaux managed to sneak in one more run for a 4-3 win over South Terrebonne Saturday at the Lady Tiger Invitational.

Thibodaux starter Kayla Bland got her bad inning out of the way quickly, giving up three runs in the first. Bland gave up three singles in the first four batters she faced, quickly loading the bases for the Lady Gators. Aliska Lirette made it 2-0 with a double to center. A misplayed popup made it 3-0 after half an inning.

"We've been struggling a lot with errors and things, and our biggest thing is that we know we have to overcome," Thibodaux coach Wendy Rousell said. "We know we're not a perfect team. We know we're going to make mistakes. But we've got to learn how to let that go and how to play ball. Certainly, we made a lot of mistakes tonight, but we never gave up."

Thibodaux loaded the bases in the bottom of the first but could not push a run across. That changed in the second, when the Lady Tigers turned a single, a steal and a throwing error into a run.

Lady Gator starter Courtney Clement saved her bad inning for the third, giving up a single and hitting a batter to put runners on first and second. Two singles later, Thibodaux led 4-3.

Bland, meanwhile, after giving up three runs in the first, blanked the Lady Gators the rest of the way.

"We scored three runs in the first and we were feeling pretty good," South Terrebonne coach Scott Pellegrin said. "But we couldn't get anything going after that and the other side got one more run than we did."

ASSUMPTION 9, HOUMA CHRISTIAN 2

At the Lady Tiger Invitational, the Lady Mustangs used two four run innings to topple the Lady Warriors in a game that was more closely played than the score would indicate.

Houma Christian loaded the bases in the first inning with a two singles and a walk, putting three on with nobody out. But that's when Assumption hurler Kirsten Torres decided to get serious, inducing two weak infield grounders that led to force outs at home, and then striking out Hannah Carlos to end the threat.

Houma Christian pitcher Taylor Sons got off to a rough start, hitting the first batter she faced, then giving up a single and a walk to load the bases in the bottom of the first. But Assumption converted. Bre Landry's single drove in two run, and Sunni Rae Blanchard stole home on a passed ball. Brooke Daigle sacrificed in another run, and Assumption led 4-0 after one.

"If we come out and score in that (first) inning, I think that puts pressure on Assumption," Houma Christian coach Christi Crowdus said. "Then they come back and load the bases and took advantage of that. That made a difference. If we had gotten on the board early on, we wouldn't have felt so much pressure at the plate."

Assumption made it 5-0, but Houma Christian scored in the fourth and fifth to make it 5-2 going into the bottom of the fifth.

That's when Jordan Hall, who had come on in relief for Sons, had her bad inning. A walk and a double put runners on second and third with no outs, and Assumption converted. A bunt, a bloop single, a hit batter and a double made it 9-2 at the end of five.

"Houma Christian is a pretty good team," Assumption coach Boyd Fussell said. "We were fortunate to get out of that (first inning) with no damage. Torres made some good pitches and we played some good defense. So we got out of that, and came back to score a few runs, and that gave us momentum."