Jorie McDonald powers Denham Springs softball victory

Denham Springs tops Dutchtown 14-9 in softball game

“We’ve got a real young team. We’ve really been playing well lately.” DAVID BOURQUE, Denham Springs softball coach

DUTCHTOWN — Her famous dad made his name on the diamond at the mound. Denham Springs senior first baseman Jorie McDonald leads her team at the plate.

Jorie McDonald smashed two home runs to double her season HR total as the Yellow Jackets defeated Dutchtown 14-9 Wednesday in a nondistrict softbball game between two Class 5A teams that are second in their districts.

A four-year starter, McDonald had three hits, three RBIs and scored three runs for DSHS (14-6). Her father is Ben McDonald, a DSHS legend who played at LSU and in the major leagues.

“Jorie is our best hitter and one of our leaders, along with Brooklyn Hayes,” DSHS coach David Bourque said. “We’ve got a real young team. We’ve really been playing well lately. This was a big win against a Dutchtown team that is in the top five in the power rankings.”

Denham Springs jumped to a 5-0 lead after the top of the of the second inning to chase Dutchtown starter Aleah Craighton (12-3). McDonald had a two-run homer in the first inning. Britney Case and Briana Ensminger added RBI singles in the second inning.

Dutchtown (13-5) added two runs in the bottom of the second on RBIs by Bria White and Bailey Gilleon. The Griffins pulled within 5-4 after three innings as Jessica Crum and Ali McCoy knocked in runs with sacrifice flies.

Denham scored four runs in the fourth on an Ensminger RBI single and a three-run homer by Makenna Amond.

Dutchtown scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull within 11-8. Royelle Cobb had a two-run homer to left and Hope Vezinat an RBI single.

Both teams had 12 hits. Ensminger and McDonald had three hits for DSHS and Harli Crow hit two doubles. Craigton, Crum, Ali McDoy and Gilleon had two hits each for Dutchtown.

“Offensively, we kept coming back, but we couldn’t ever take the lead,” Dutchtown coach Nancy Ensminger said. “We are hitting well. Cobb’s homer was big. We need to improve our defense and our performance on the mound. I want to see more fight from each player and have them own the field more.”

Sophomore Holley Morrison (7-5) picked up the victory for DSHS. She worked 3.2 innings and scattered five hits.

Junior Lucy Lewis closed the game.

“We had productive at-bats and productive outs,” Bourque said. “We didn’t strand too many baserunners. Our left fielder Britney Case is our fastest player and had a great defensive game. She made a sliding catch that saved two runs.”

McDonald added a solo homer in the fifth and hit a hard ball to right field in the sixth. A fielding error was awarded on the play, but three runs scored to put the game out of reach at 14-8.