Brusly too much for EDW
Wed. March 06, 2013 at 10:57 a.m. | By Steve Holley/Sports Correspondent
E.D. White Catholic's Kali Clement prepares to throw after fielding a grounder during Tuesday's District 7-3A game against Brusly. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)
The Brusly Lady Panthers had a banner day in all three phases of the game in Tuesday's District 7-3A opener against E.D. White Catholic.
The Lady Panthers notched 14 hits at the plate, including three home runs, and starting pitcher Carli Jo LeBlanc struck out 11 batters over seven shutout innings as Brusly played mistake-free ball and blanked E.D. White, 10-0, Tuesday in Thibodaux.
Brusly (8-2 overall, 1-0 district) wasted no time, getting on the board just three batters into the game.
After Carlie Comeaux singled with one away off E.D. White (4-5, 0-1 in district) starter Madison Rodrigue, Lady Panthers third baseman Lanesha Taylor smacked a two-run home run to straight-away centerfield, giving Brusly an early 2-0 lead.
LeBlanc struck out the side a half-inning later and the Lady Panthers pounced again in their next inning at the plate.
In what would be its best inning with the bats, Brusly struck for four runs on four hits in the second to build a 6-0 lead. They opened with back-to-back singles before Claire Daigle lined a run-scoring single to left for the first run of the inning.
Comeaux soon followed with the Lady Panthers' biggest hit of the inning, clubbing a two-run double to deep center that made it 5-0. Taylor added an RBI sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.
Brusly added two more runs to its total in the fifth off an RBI single from Christen Gaudet, and a solo home run by catcher Kaitlin David for an 8-0 lead.
The Lady Panthers capped their scoring in the seventh inning with a two-run homer by Jonette Fitzgerald _ Brusly's third of the afternoon.
Brusly coach Beau Bouvier said the Lady Panthers found some unexpected power in the lineup in Tuesday's victory.
"The last two home runs that we hit, that was their first ones," Bouvier said. "We do hit home runs, but usually not those two (David and Fitzgerald). The first one, (Taylor) has hit four or five so far this year.
"We did a good job of jumping on them right off the bat," Bouvier added. "It's good to have a 2-0 lead before we get out on defense. Good pitching and defense (Tuesday). We're playing well right now."
The Lady Cardinals saw that first-hand for themselves.
E.D. White was held to five hits by LeBlanc, who struck out the side in the first and third innings. She fanned at least one batter in every inning but one and walked just two batters on the day.
The Lady Cardinals nevertheless had chances to score.
They loaded the bases with no one out in the second inning before LeBlanc got Lindsie Sanders to line into a tough-luck double play at third and followed with a strikeout to end the inning.
In the fourth, the Lady Cardinals used two singles and a walk to load the bases with two outs until LeBlanc fanned Bodalyn Grabert to end the inning.
E.D. White stranded seven runners on base in the game.
"We didn't have that key hit to get those runs in, but Brusly is an awesome ballclub," E.D. White coach Linda Sanders said. "They play solid all-around. We just needed hits (Tuesday) and we couldn't produce them. We didn't have any errors in the field, which we've struggled with. We just lacked the offense. We never gave up, it's just Brusly is a really good team."
David and Comeaux each finished 3-for-4 to lead Brusly at the plate, and Daigle (2-for-4) added two hits as well.
Rodrigue (2-for-3, two singles) led E.D. White at the plate.
H.L. BOURGEOIS 10, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 1
At Mathews, the Lady Braves improved to 4-4 overall and 1-0 in District 7-5A after Brenna Copes got the win. She struck out nine and walked two, and added two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs.
Kasie Hebert (2-for-3), Madelyn Monnier (two RBIs), Lindsey McCullough (hit, triple, two RBIs) and Ciara Williams (2-for-3, RBI) were other offensive leaders for the Lady Braves.
Williams, a catcher, threw out three runs at second base.
TERREBONNE 11, WESTGATE 9
At New Iberia, Terrebonne's Madison Thompson got the District 7-5A win in the circle after allowing six hits, striking out two and walking five.
Ashley Theriot (three singles, RBI) and Hannah Rodrigue (double, three RBIs) led Terrebonne (4-4 overall, 1-0 in district.
NEW IBERIA 12, THIBODAUX 4
At Thibodaux, the Lady Tigers fell to 1-9 overall and 0-1 in District 7-5A. Sadie Daigle led Thibodaux at the plate with a two-run triple.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 6, SOUTH TERREBONNE 0
At Houma, Nora Keehn allowed three hits, struck out 14 and walked one as the Lady Terriers improved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in District 8-4A.
Kristen Kurtz (2-for-3, two RBIs), Makenzie Rousseau (two RBIs) and Erin Crane (RBI) led the Lady Terriers (eight hits) at the plate.
The Lady Gators fell to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in district.
ASSUMPTION 9, ELLENDER 1
At Napoleonville, Kirstyn Torres struck out nine and allowed five hits and had a homer, two hits and two RBIs at the plate in leading the Lady Mustangs to the District 8-4A win.
Assumption (4-6 overall, 1-0 in distinct) also got three hits from Amanda Gianelloni and two hits, two stolen bases and three runs scored by Alyssa Dehart.
Ellender (6-6, 0-1 in district) had five hits, two of which came from Alyssa Bush, who had a triple.
ST. JAMES 29, PORT ALLEN 14
At Port Allen, the Lady Wildcats improved to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in District 7-3A.
HOUMA CHRISTIAN 15, CRESCENT CITY 0
At Houma, the Lady Warriors improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in District 10-1A after the game was stopped after two-and-half innings because of the mercy-rule.
Lindsey Crowdus and Taylor Sons each pitched for Houma Christian.
Offensive leaders for the Lady Warriors were Cameron Beal (three hits), Crowdus (homer, triple), Amy Bonvillain (two hits), Hannah Carols (two hits) and Abby Morvant (two hits).
— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.