Lady Braves pick up big 7-5A win over New Iberia


GRAY — Though there is work left to be done, the H.L. Bourgeois softball team took a major step toward a possible share of the District 7-5A softball title on Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Braves avenged an earlier season district loss to New Iberia with a 4-1 league victory that pushed their record to 13-10 overall and 8-1 in district.

The loss dropped New Iberia to 13-10 and 7-1 in district.

H.L. Bourgeois has district games against South Lafourche, Terrebonne and Westgate left, and New Iberia has district games against South Lafourche, Terrebonne, Central Lafourche and Westgate.

If the Lady Braves, who fell at New Iberia 8-7 on Feb. 26, and Yellow Jackets each finish with one district loss, they would be co-champs and both automatically qualify for the postseason.

On Tuesday, the Lady Braves scored three runs in the first inning and rode the arm of sophomore pitcher Brooke Overley and some sturdy defense to victory.

In the complete-game victory, Overley allowed a run on six hits, struck out four and walked none, and the Lady Braves committed just one error behind her.

"I felt pretty good, especially knowing my defense was there behind me because without them, we could not have won. They did a good job," Brooke Overley said. "Those runs (in the first) gave me a cushion. I am very proud of how everyone preformed. We showed everyone what we are made of."

New Iberia (six hits, no errors) left six runners on base, including runners on second and third in the top of the sixth inning, and lacked the clutch hits it needed to produce runs.

"We came out a little flat. A bus ride will do that to you," New Iberia coach Mitzi Lalande said. "I am not going to make any excuses, they played well, and we didn't show up. We left too many runners on base. They were the better team (Monday), and it showed on the scoreboard. We couldn't generate any team offense."

Lalande said the play of Brooke Overley had a lot to do with that.

"She seemed to be hitting her spots, and she had us a little off balance. We never really settled in with her pitching," Lalande said. "She pitched a good game, and they played well."

The Lady Braves scored the three runs in the first inning off New Iberia starter Valerie Aucoin (six innings, loss, three runs, nine hits, four strikeouts, walk).

With one out, Amber Lewis walked and scored on an RBI double by Madison Percle (2-for-3, RBI, double, run, stolen base).

Percle later scored on a double steal for a 2-0 Lady Braves lead.

Maddy Monnier reached on a single and the Lady Braves made it 3-0 when Lindsey McCullough (2-for-3, RBI, double) laced an RBI double to left-center field.

Lady Braves coach Jeri Overley said the three-run first inning was big.

"It was huge," Coach Overley said. "The girls stepped up their game. We made errors the first time we played them, but we didn't have the errors (Tuesday). Brooke was on her game, and the defense played well. We put it all together, and I am very proud of the girls."

New Iberia got a solo homer off the scoreboard in centerfield from Sydney LaBiche (2-for-3, RBI, run), but could not manage another run. Kelsey Frederick was also 2-for-3 for the Yellow Jackets.

The Lady Braves added a run in the sixth inning when Ciara Williams doubled to down the left-field line and came home on a single by Brenna Copes (2-for-4, RBI).

Coach Overley said with this win in the books, the Lady Braves must focus on their final three district games.

"We have to take care of business, and we don't want to defeat ourselves," Coach Overley said. "It has been an up-and-down, roller-coaster season, and it has been difficult, but my husband's support has been tremendous, and he has helped me get through it."

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 5, TERREBONNE 4

At Mathews, the Lady Trojans scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to for the dramatic win and improved to 5-14 overall and 3-5 in District 7-5A.

Kourtney LeBlanc got the victory in the circle after allowing three hits, striking out three and walking five, and she added a double at the plate.

Other offensive leaders for the Lady Trojans were Taylor Kimball (single, triple, RBI), Karen Levron (two hits, RBI), Kaylee Coke (RBI), Raven LeBlanc (hit stolen base), Emily Duet (hit, RBI, stolen base) and Taylor Ordoyne (stolen base).

Terrebonne fell to 7-12 and 3-6 in district.

WESTGATE 11, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 10

At New Iberia, the Lady Tigers improved to 10-16 overall and 3-6 in District 7-5A, and South Lafourche fell to 7-13 and 1-7 in district.

— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.