SULPHUR — Top-seeded Parkview Baptist and No. 2 Brusly took decidedly different routes to Class 3A quarterfinal victories at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Softball Tournament.
Parkview rode the pitching and hitting of Brooklyn Guillot to a 4-1 victory over North Vermilion in its quarterfinal game at Frasch Park on Friday. Brusly fell behind 1-0 in the first inning and then scored three runs in two separate innings to take a 7-4 win over District 7-3A rival St. Charles Catholic.
Third-seeded Maurepas of Class C advanced thanks to the arm of eighth-grader Ali McCoy, who pitched a no-hitter, in a 2-1 quarterfinal win over Elizabeth.
In Class 1A, 13th-seeded Catholic-Pointe Coupee ousted New Roads rival False River Academy 7-2. A grand slam by Lauren David powered the Hornets. Top-seeded Opelousas Catholic defeated St. John-Plaquemine 6-0 in the 1A quarterfinal of local interest.
Also in Class C, Family Christian lost to Calvin, 12-0.
PBS and Brusly play 1 p.m. semifinals on Saturday, while Maurepas and CHSPC play their semifinals at 11 a.m.
PARKVIEW BAPTIST 4, NORTH VERMILION 1: Guillot struck out 10 and also hit a two-run home run in the third inning for PBS (27-5). The Eagles face Iowa at 1 p.m. Saturday in a semifinal.
“We only have three girls who played when we were here two years ago, and I told them the most important thing was mental preparation,” PBS coach Ashlee Ducote said. “I thought we handled that part very well. And whenever we can give Brooklyn a lead we feel like we’re in good shape.”
After Guillot gave up a triple to the game’s first batter, she retired nine in a row, six by strikeout. She then retired 12 of the final 14 NVHS batters she faced.
Meagan Brown finished 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Eagles, who were the 3A runners-up from 2008-10.
BRUSLY 7, ST. CHARLES 4: Brusly (29-4) meets Buckeye (25-2) in its 1 p.m. semifinal. Jada Cobbs finished 3-for-4 at the plate and had two RBIs to lead the Panthers, who were the 3A runners-up last season.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” Brusly coach Beau Bouvier said. “But we were able to make some things happen and score some runs. We’ve got another game now and it’s going to be even tougher.”
St. Charles scored the game’s first run in the top of the first. Brusly answered with a three-run second inning and then came back to tack on three more runs in the fourth. The Panthers’ Carli Jo Leblanc scattered seven hits and struck out six to get the win.
Akiya Thymes had two RBI singles for Brusly. Shelby Fleming finished 2-for-5 for the winners. Destiny Wesley had two hits for St. Charles.
CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE 7, FALSE RIVER ACADEMY 2: CHSPC (18-11) beat District 6-1A rival FRA (15-16) for the third time this season in large part because of a five-run third inning. The 13th-seeded Hornets face District 6-1A rival Opelousas Catholic in an 11 a.m. semifinal.
David’s grand slam was the key hit in the third inning for CHSPC. Jordyn David was 2-for-3 with a double two RBIs, while Amanda Bueche also was 2-for-3.
“False River got out on us 2-0 early,” CHSPC coach Lauren Doucet said. “But we swung the bats really well all day long. Even when we didn’t get hits, we were hitting the ball right at people. Obviously, a grand slam is great bonus. She (Lauren David) pitched well, too.”
Amber Laprairie was 2-for-3 with a triple for FRA (15-16). The Gators’ Kendall LeBlanc was 2-for-4.
OPELOUSAS CATHOLIC 6, ST. JOHN 0: OCHS (24-3) loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. Amelia Pitre was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Mia Manzanare drew a walk to force in another run. Manzanare’s RBI double in the third made it 3-0.
Oplousas Catholic had five hits, while St. John (22-11) had eighth hits.
Alex Carbo was 3-for-3 and Kayce Edward was 3-for-4 for the Eagles, who were making their third straight tourney appearance.
MAUREPAS 2, ELIZABETH 1: The Wolves (17-8) play No. 2 seed Calvin in an 11 a.m. semifinal.
“Ali pitched well, but I think our nerves got the best of us early,” Maurepas coach Amanda Henley said. “Calvin has a good team and we’ll have to play better tomorrow.”
McCoy struck out nine and walked only two for Maurepas, a Class B quarterfinalist in 2011. McCoy also had a double and scored a run on Brailie Gautreau’s single in the fourth.
Haly Guitreau’s doubled off the left field wall to score Olivia Miller from first base in the bottom of the seventh for the winners.
McCoy scored 16 of the final 18 Elizabeth batters she faced.
CALVIN 12, FAMILY CHRISTIAN 0: Calvin broke the game open by scoring six runs in the first inning and five in the second.
Family Christian (20-8) had two hits. Calvin had just three hits, but a series of illegal pitch calls on FCA pitcher Leeanna Claubaugh gave Calvin the baserunners needed to score its runs, according to FCA coach Shelly Cothell.
Susana Cossich and Destiny Vavasseur had singles for the Flames, who lost in the quarterfinals for the second straight season.
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