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Lady Mustangs clinch second in District 8-4A

NAPOLEONVILLE — High school softball coaches typically hope their team can generate more than one hit and a pair of base runners on offense in a seven-inning game.

When the game is for second place in district, they may even consider such a performance unacceptable. However, Assumption coach Boyd Fussell was OK with it.

The Lady Mustangs needed only one hit on Thursday to edge Morgan City, 1-0, and wrap up second place in District 8-4A.

"We have had some trouble in one-run games," Fussell said. "We have been beaten five times by a run. But we got it done (Thursday), and it was a good time for it."

Assumption's lone hit came in the third inning when Trinity Blanchard bunted and beat the throw to first base. On the next pitch, Blanchard stole second base and made her way home on the play when the Morgan City catcher threw the ball into right center field.

"We struggled at the plate against a good pitcher (Morgan City's Tyler Hebert)," Fussell said. "She was keeping us off balanced. Once we got someone on, we had to make things happen. We were fortunate for that to happen for us in a tight game like this. Both pitchers really did a great job."

Hebert went the distance and suffered the loss for the Lady Tigers, limiting Assumption (11-14 overall, 5-3 in 8-4A) to one hit and struck out seven. Assumption's other base runner reached on an error.

Kirstyn Torres was also effective in the circle for the Lady Mustangs. She limited Morgan City (13-13, 4-4 in 8-4A) to one hit and struck out eight for the complete-game win.

Alice Green had Morgan City's lone hit with a one-out single to right field. Torres ended the threat with a strikeout and ground out.

"It was just a pitcher's duel," Morgan City coach Kelly Jo Aucoin said. "They got the bunt down, and we didn't get the out. In a game like this, that is all it takes to make the difference. Every time we play them, it is going to be a good, close game. We knew that coming in, and this one was no different."