Lady Braves clinch share of 7-5A title


Terrebonne catcher Ericka Rodrigue can't hold on to the ball as H.L. Bourgeois' Amber Lewis slides home on Friday. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)


Sometimes that third out is the hardest to get.

Friday afternoon, H.L. Bourgeois and Terrebonne combined to score 15 runs with two outs in the count. Still it was the Lady Braves who made more big plays and survived a late Lady Tigers rally for 14-10 victory.

With the win, H.L. Bourgeois clinched at least a share of the 7-5A District championship under first-year head coach Jeri Overly.

"I can't even put it into words," Overly said. "I've been with some of these girls for a long time. I knew when I came in they wanted something like this. I told them we would give it a shot, and they really responded. I'm proud of them."

H.L. Bourgeois (16-10 overall, 11-1 district) sprinted to 2-0 first inning lead when a Lindsey McCullough (2-for-4, three RBIs) double plated Brenna Copes (4-for-5, RBI) and Madison Percle.

Terrebonne (7-15, 3-9 district) answered in the bottom when Megan Porrier scored on a Lady Braves error, cutting the deficit 2-1.

H.L. Bourgeois separated itself in the third and fourth innings. After Percle scored on a McCullough groundout, Terrebonne appeared to escape the third inning. However, shortstop Hailey Gautreaux dropped a routine pop up that would have been the third out and allowed Maddy Monnie to plate and put H.L. Bourgeois ahead 4-1.

"You can't win when you're making four, five, six errors a game," Terrebonne assistant coach Joe Clement said. "We have five seniors, but we have a really young team, and young teams are going to make some mistakes."

With two outs in the fourth the Lady Braves scored four more runs, including a two-run single by Brooke Overly (1-for-3, two RBIs). An RBI single from Monnie in the fifth gave Bourgeois a 9-1 advantage.

"It just happened to be the strongest part of our lineup that came to bat," coach Overly said of her team's ability to score with two outs. "They came through like they have all season."

Terrebonne began to claw back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs with two outs, including a two-run single by Hannah Rodrigue (2-for-5, two RBIs).

The Lady Braves scored four in the sixth, capped by a two-run single from Percle (3-for-4, three RBIs). Kasie Hebert scored Bourgeois' final run in the seventh on a Steph Turner sacrifice fly.

The Lady Tigers made the tight over the final two innings. Consecutive singles by Ashley Theriot and Gautreaux (3-for-5, RBI) plated Porrier and Kirstie Champagne, respectively, in the sixth.

Terrebonne scored four times in the seventh, including a two-run double from Porrier (2-for-4, two RBIs). With two on and two outs, Copes struck out Rodrigue to end the game.

"I was proud of the way they rallied," Clement said. "We could have rolled over and played dead. They decided to keep fighting and made a game out of it. The future looks really good for us."

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 3, MT. CARMEL 1

At the Riverside Tournament, Nora Keehn gave up one run on four his with seven strikeouts for the complete-game win for the Lady Terriers.

Vandebilt (19-5) finished with nine hits, led by Kylie Dufrene (2-for-3), Erin Crane (2-for-4, double, RBI), Hannah Hebert (double, RBI) and Kristen Kurtz (single, RBI).

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 17, DONALDSONVILLE 0

At Thibodaux the Lady Cardinals (14-11) scored 11 runs in the first inning and six in the second in Friday's District 7-3A game that was stopped in 2 1/2 innings.

Kali Clement (2-for-3, three runs, three RBIs), Triston Gros (2-for-3, two runs, two RBIs) and Sydney Bordis (2-for-2, two runs, three RBIs) led the Lady Cardinals offensively.

Madison Rodrigue pitched a no-hitter with four strikeouts and a walk in three innings for the win.

HAYNES 10, HOUMA CHRISTIAN 5

At the John Curtis Tournament, Haynes exploded for six runs in the top of the fourth inning and held on to beat the Lady Warriors (17-5).

Lindsey Crowdus led Houma Christian's offense, going 3-for-4 with a run and RBI. Amy Bonvillian also had a hit and two RBIs.

Crowdus was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings/ Taylor Sons and Jordan Hall also pitched in the game.