Lady Terriers wrap up perfect record in 8-4A

Vandebilt's Courtney Lovoi (right) tries to tag out Ellender's Madison Touchard at second base during Thursday's game. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)

Vandebilt Catholic took an early lead and kept adding to it before breaking things open in an 8-0 shutout victory over Ellender in District 8-4A play Thursday.

The Lady Terriers led 3-0 going into the sixth inning, and with Vandebilt ace Nora Keehn in the circle, three runs would have been plenty.

But the Lady Terriers opened the floodgates when Carly Ellender added an RBI single on a ball that got past Ellender left fielder Brianna Bourg. Then, with the bases loaded later in the inning, Courtney Lovoi ripped a pitch down the left field line that ended up being a bases-clearing, inside-the-park grand slam for an 8-0 Vandebilt lead.

"The game just got away from us at the end. It's tough to just hold them and hold them," Ellender coach Janie Trosclair said.

All the while, Keehn was her usual dominant self, though not quite as stifling as her last outing against the Lady Patriots back on March 19 at Ellender.

In that game, Keehn struck out 14 batters and scattered just three hits in a 2-0 Vandebilt victory. On Thursday, she struck out nine and yielded seven hits.

Vandebilt (18-5 overall) ended its district schedule Thursday with a perfect 8-0 record.

"We started making some adjustments on the way their pitcher was pitching," Vandebilt coach Margaret Johnson said. "She did a good job keeping us off balance in the first few innings, but I thought we adjusted well and really started hitting the ball harder the last few innings. Nora really pitched a good game, and we made some really good defensive plays. Then like I said, we made some adjustments at the plate."

Ellender (13-15 overall, 2-6 district) starter Alyssa Bush pitched all six innings for the Lady Patriots and kept her team within striking distance until the sixth.

She yielded an RBI single to Erin Crane in the first inning for a 1-0 Vandebilt lead, and then a throwing error on Bush's part made it 2-0 in the second.

Crane added another run-scoring single with two outs in the fifth to put the Lady Terriers up, 3-0, as Vandebilt slowly began to pull away.

Ellender had several opportunities, particularly in each of the first three innings but failed to capitalize with runners in scoring position off Keehn.

"The difference between them and us is when they got runners in scoring position, they scored them," Trosclair said. "We didn't and left them sitting on the bases. That's just the inexperience of my team. What (Vandebilt does), I'm trying to get my team to that point. We're preparing them this year so that next year when they become upperclassmen, they'll get it done. We got more runners on (Thursday), we moved them further down, and if we could have come up in the beginning with the hit and got those runs across, it would have been a different game."

Kyler Trosclair was 2-for-3 to lead Ellender at the plate.

Crane had two hits for Vandebilt.


At Galliano, Kayla Bland got the win in the circle with five strikeouts and Saide Daigle led the Lady Tigers at the plate by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs as Thibodaux improved to 11-12 overall and 8-4 in district.

Bland was also 2-for-3 at the plate.

South Lafourche fell to 7-16 and 1-11 in district.


At New Iberia, the Lady Braves improved to 14-11 overall and 10-1 in District 7-5A, and Westgate fell to 11-17 and 4-7 in district.

Brooke Overley got the win in the circle after working five innings and striking out five with an earned run. Brenna Copes worked an inning of relief.

Offensively for the Lady Braves, Copes was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Amber Lewis was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Madelyn Monnier was 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and two RBIs, Lindsey McCullough was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a homer, and Stephanie Turner was 2-for-3.


At Donaldsonville, the Lady Wildcats improved to 5-13 overall and 3-6 in District 7-3A.


At Metairie, the Lady Warriors improved to 17-4 and 10-0 in District 10-1A and scored nine runs in the first inning and six runs in the third inning before the mercy rule kicked in.

Lindsay Crowdus worked the complete three innings, allowed no runs and no hits and walked one while striking out five.

Crowdus (homer) added four RBIs and Taylor Sons and Hannah Carlos each had three RBIs, and Cameron Beal added three hits.


The Central Lafourche District 7-5A softball contest against New Iberia was postponed on Thursday. It will now be played at 4 p.m. Tuesday in New Iberia.



At Napoleonville, Blake Pellegrin got the win on the mound as the Gators improved to 11-14 and 4-3 in District 8-4A.

The Mustangs fell to 4-17 and 2-5 in district.


At Houma, the Terriers improved to 17-5 overall, and Chase Hawthorne (six innings, four hits, three strikeouts, four walks) got the win on the mound. Grant Bergeron added an inning of work and struck out two and walked one in relief.

Jacob Walker (2-for-2, RBI), Jordan Bergeron (2-for-4, RBI), Cade Matherne (two RBIs) and Tanner Whatley (RBI) led the Vandebilt offense. Berwick fell to 11-10.


A number of area baseball games were not played on Thursday because of wet field conditions following heavy rain earlier in the week.

Thibodaux is now at New Iberia at 5 today. Ellender is now at Morgan City at 6 tonight. Westgate is now at Terrebonne at 6 tonight, and H.L. Bourgeois is now at Central Lafourche at 6 tonight.

Also, Covenant Christian Academy had its game on Thursday at Disney World canceled because of inclement weather.


— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.