East, West play to 3-3 tie in LHSCA prep softball all-star game

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- St. Amant pitcher Kasey Nielson delivers a pitch during a game against Sam Houston High School.
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- St. Amant pitcher Kasey Nielson delivers a pitch during a game against Sam Houston High School.

PINEVILLE — The second game of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s All-Star weekend featured some big plays. But there was no winner.

The East and West squads played to a 3-3 tie on Saturday at Louisiana College because the rules for the games make no provision for extra innings. The West won the first game played Friday night 10-4. It was the second straight year that the teams played to a tie on Saturday.

Ruston High’s Kendall Smith (East) and Comeaux’s Hali Williams (West) received the Outstanding Player awards.

St. Amant’s Kasey Nielson started the scoring for the East in the top of the first inning. East Ascension’s Bailey Landry, who was on second base, scored on Nielson’s sacrifice fly to center-fielder Camille Quebodeaux of Teurlings Catholic.

The West also scored in the first inning. Sam Houston’s Baylee Corbello, an LSU signee, reached first on a throwing error by Nielson that allowed Quebodeaux to score.

The East scored its final two runs in the third, when Landry was on third base and Smith was on second. With Nielson at the plate, both runners scored — one on a passed ball and other on a wild pitch.

Landry, also an LSU signee, went 2-for-3.

The West’s final two runs also came in the third. Corbello was on third base and Berwick’s Abigail Ohlin was on first base when St. Thomas More’s Sarah Arceneaux smacked a two-RBI double. Ohlin went 2-for-3.

The East’s Smith made a diving catch on Evangel Christian catcher Baylee Shephard’s pop up to left field for the second out of the seventh inning. Smith said she was surprised to receive the honor.

“It was a blessing because a lot of the girls out here are talented,” said Smith, a UL-Lafayette signee. “It’s just nice to have your accomplishments recognized by playing in this game.”

East assistant coach Darlene Wiley said it’s always fun to coach a lot of talent.

“This is the last (high school) game (for the players), and it means a lot to them,” said Wiley, also Buckeye’s coach. “Kendall had the game-saver for us. Kendall is consistent and well-deserving of the honor.”

Comeaux’s Williams went 4-for-5 and had a home run in the first game Friday night. She had only one at-bat Saturday.

“This was a lot of fun for me, and a lot of great girls are out here,” said Williams, who will play softball and volleyball for the University of Texas-Tyler. “I didn’t expect to hit that home run Friday. There’s nothing but winners out here on this field.”

West assistant coach Kelly Kaiama-Goodwin said Williams was easy to coach.

“Hali always had a good demeanor and was respectful and I’m happy she received the honor,” said Goodwin.