East Ascension rips Vandy, 10-1
Thu. March 07, 2013 at 10:40 p.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
East Ascension's Bailey Landy (16) beats the throw home by Vandebilt Catholic's Kylie Dufrene during Wednesday's game. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)
Vandebilt Catholic softball coach Margaret Johnson said she scheduled East Ascension this season especially because the team had a reputation around the state as being an excellent hitting club.
On Wednesday afternoon at Lady Terriers Diamond in Houma, the Lady Spartans arrived as advertised.
In a 10-1 nondistrict victory over Vandebilt, East Ascension tallied 13 hits and used two four-running innings to blow the game open.
East Ascension, coached by former E.D. White Catholic and Nicholls State University player Amy Pitre, improved to 6-3 overall, and Vandebilt fell to 5-4.
"They always have good hitters, and that is why we scheduled them," Johnson said. "They came out cracking the bats, and out pitches just weren't there."
East Ascension, a Class 5A quarterfinal team from last season, scored two runs in the top of the first inning off Vandebilt starter Nora Keehn after a double by center fielder and LSU commitment Bailey Landry (4-for-5, two doubles, three runs), a single by Claire Weinberger (3-for-4, three runs) and RBIs from Brooke Delaune (3-for-5, four RBIs, two runs) and Jesse Watts (three RBIs).
Watts, the Lady Spartans pitcher, limited the Lady Terriers to five hits, two of which came from Kylie Dufrene, in the game.
East Ascension (one error) scored four runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings.
After a bunt single, a base hit and another bunt single loaded the bases for the Lady Spartans in the fifth, Delaune hit a three-run double to left field for a 5-0 Lady Spartans lead.
Vandebilt's Hannah Hebert dove but came up short, and the ball rolled to the fence, allowing three runs to score.
Playing small ball with the two bunts loaded the bases for East Ascension and set the stage for the big hit by Delaune, which blew the game open.
"We were having a tough time making the adjustment," Pitre said. "We were way in front of the ball. We had a tough time letting it get deep (in the strike zone). We wanted to get some runs on the board, and we wanted to let them see the pitcher. When you bunt the ball, you tend to see the pitcher a little better."
East Ascension, which also got two RBIs from Kyleisha Leblanc, added four runs in the sixth, which was highlighted by a two-run single from Watts, who got the win after allowing a run (on a wild pitch in the fifth inning), four hits, three strikeouts and a walk.
"We pitched well. We played good defense, and we scored a lot of runs," Pitre said. "I'm from around here, and this is a traditional program. It's good anytime you can come here and get a win."
Keehn took the loss for the Lady Terriers (three errors) after working seven innings, allowing 10 runs, 13 hits and striking out four and walking one.
"I tip my hat to East Ascension, they came ready to play, and they played a tremendous game." Johnson said. "Their defense stepped up too. They made plays. We looked like we weren't ready to make plays. We got our butt kicked, and the way we showed up, we deserved to. We had nine errors on defense if you count mental mistakes. You are not going to beat anybody like that, and East Ascension is a good program. We have a very long way to go. Right now we aren't a very good team."
COVENANT CHRISTIAN 5, BELLE CHASSE 1
At Houma, the Lady Lions improved to 2-5 overall with the nondistrict victory.
Zoee LeBoeuf got the victory in the circle after allowing a run on two hits with two walks.
Leading hitters for CCA were LeBoeuf, Taylor Bourgeois, Kelsey Bourg and Harley Stoufflet (two hits).
Belle Chasse fell to 10-2 overall.