Extra excitement: South Terrebonne tops Ellender in nine innings

Ellender third baseman Kaitlyn Moore (left) gets the tag down on South Terrebonne's Kelsey Pellegrin (right) on Thursday in Bourg. The Lady Gators won the District 8-4A game 8-7 in nine innings. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)

BOURG — As South Terrebonne starting pitcher Courtney Clement, the No. 9 batter in the Lady Gators order, walked up to the plate late in a game against Ellender on Thursday afternoon, a fan had some words of encouragement for her.

"If you want the win Courtney, go get it yourself," the fan hollered.

Courtney did just that.

Clement delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning that scored Alisha Lirette for an 8-7 South Terrebonne District 8-4A victory in an extra-inning affair at South Terrebonne.

"I had to get into the zone," Clement said. "The last hit, I had to prove to not only myself, but to my team that we can end the game this way. This win means the world to us. Ellender is a great team. For us to come out ahead against a team like that means a lot."

In the circle, Clement, who was also 3-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs, worked nine innings, allowed seven runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked two.

"Our focus was to stay intense and never quit and never believe we can't do something," Lady Gators coach Scott Pellegrin said. "We have been working hard in practice and doing things that have helped our intensity level, and I am proud of them."

Ellender (12-7, 1-2 in district) led 4-1 after the top of the second inning, before South Terrebonne (7-8, 1-3 in district) began clawing back with the help of its 16 hits.

"We left too many balls over the plate," Ellender coach Janie Trosclair said. "On offense, we started slapping harder, and we slapped it right to them after our small game was working well early. They came up with some defensive plays. They made some plays in the clutch. They got the hit at the end of the game when they needed to, and we didn't. Having that last at-bat really helped them."

South Terrebonne cut the Ellender lead to 4-3 in the third inning with a two-run double off the bottom of the center-field wall by Blare Pellegrin.

After the Lady Patriots (three errors) went ahead 6-3 in the fourth inning, Blare Pellegrin (2-for-3, double, homer, two walks, five RBIs) then blasted a 3-run homer to left field to the game at 6.

"The first ball (the double to centerfield) hit the fence, and I was a little bummed out, but Coach P can pump me up like nobody else, and I went up and cranked the next one over," Blare Pellegrin, who bloodied her arm after a catch against a fence in foul territory in the seventh inning, said. "The only thing I could think about was giving Coach P a high-five when I was rounding third base. Ellender is our rival. This means a lot."

After the Blare Pellegrin homer, South Terrebonne (five errors) then took a 7-6 lead when Logan LeBouef (two hits) doubled and she was sent home by a single from Clement, but Ellender tied it in the top of the sixth inning when Kyler Trosclair (three runs scored) reached on an infield single, stole second base and later came home on a fielder's choice by Courtney Dardar for a 7-7 game.

The Lady Gators, who got three hits, a double and three runs from Taylor Dupre, threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but a lined shot to center field resulted in a double play, and the game went to extra innings where Clement won it with the hit in the bottom of the ninth that followed a lead-off triple down the right-field line by Lirette.

"We were getting down on ourselves the last couple of games, but our great coach sat us down at practice, and we talked about keeping our intensity," Clement said. "We have to take everything seriously so we can come away with wins like this."

Kelsey Pellegrin (double, RBI) and Tabitha Ledet each added two hits for the Lady Gators, and Ellender's Alyssa Bush (three singles, two RBIs at the plate) suffered the loss in the circle after working 8 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on 16 hits, striking out eight and walking two.




At Gray, the Lady Braves improved to 7-7 overall and 3-1 in District 7-5A behind a complete-game pitching effort from Brooke Overley, who allowed three hits and struck out five in the shutout.

Brenna Copes (2-for-3, double, RBI), Amber Lewis (2-for-4, RBI), Madison Percle (two RBIs) and Ciara Williams (two RBIs) led the Lady Braves at the plate. Terrebonne fell to 4-11 overall and 1-5 in district.




At Mathews, Taylor Kimball got the victory in the circle as the Lady Trojans improved to 4-10 and 2-2 in District 7-5A. Raven LeBlanc (three hits, two stolen bases), Alexis Monfra (two hits), Kaylee Cole (two hits) and Emily Duet (hit, two RBIs) led Central Lafourche at the plate. South Lafourche fell to 7-8 overall and 1-3 in district.




At New Iberia, Thibodaux had 15 hits and capitalized on eight Westgate errors to improve to 5-10 and 2-2 in District 7-5A. Kayla Bland (10 hits, seven strikeouts) got the win in the circle for Thibodaux (three errors) and added a double, a triple and three RBIs at the plate. Brook Navarre also had a double and two RBIs for Thibodaux.




At Houma, Nora Keehn worked the complete-game shutout, struck out 14, walked none and allowed three hits as the Lady Terriers improved to 9-5 overall and 3-0 in District 8-4A. Kylie Dufrene led the Lady Terriers (six hits) on offense with two hits and four RBIs.




At Port Allen, Madison Rodrigue worked a perfect game (no runs, no hits, no walks, six strikeouts) in the circle as the Lady Cardinals improved to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in District 7-3A after the game ended after three innings because of the mercy rule. E.D. White (six runs in the first, six in the second and three in the third) had nine hits and Port Allen committed four errors. Abby Richard (two hits, two RBIs), Courtney Sanchez (two hits, two RBIs) and Triston Gros (hit, three RBIs, two runs) led the Lady Cardinals on offense.




At LaPlace, the Lady Wildcats fell to 2-7 and 1-3 in District 7-3A. St. Charles improved to 10-2 and 4-1 in district.




At Houma, the Lady Warriors improved to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in District 10-1A after scoring three runs in the first inning, 12 runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth inning, after which the game was stopped because the mercy rule.

The Lady Warriors had 16 hits and capitalized on five Ecole Classique errors. Jordan Hall got the win after going all five innings, allowing one hit, walking four and striking out three. Lindsay Crowdus (homer, three RBIs, three runs), Taylor Sons (homer, five RBIs, three runs) and Cameron Beal (four hits, three runs) led Houma Christian's offense.


— Compiled by staff writer Kelly McElroy.