“It was gutsy performance by Carli Jo LeBlanc. We battled and did what we had to do to win.” Beau Bouvier, Brusly softball coach
LONGVILLE — It is the norm for Brusly High pitcher Carli Jo LeBlanc to close out softball victories early. LeBlanc got a late boost from her offense Friday night.
The Panthers generated three runs in the top of the sixth inning to finish off a 7-2 win over South Beauregard in Class 3A regional-round playoff action at SBHS.
Carlie Comeaux and Lanesha Taylor had RBI doubles in the inning as the top-seeded Panthers (30-2) notched their 28th straight win.
“Our girls knew what we were getting into when we came here,” said Brusly Coach Beau Bouvier. “It was gutsy performance by Carli Jo LeBlanc. We battled and did what we had to do to win.”
With the victory, the Panthers advance to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Softball Tournament set for April 26-27 in nearby Sulphur.
BHS will face No. 8 Crowley in the quarterfinals.
LeBlanc (23-1) allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out nine. South Beauregard’s Heather Simmons took the loss, yielding seven runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.
Maddie Laprarie led the Brusly offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored. Carlie Comeaux was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while LeBlanc, Kaitlin David and Camryn Comeaux recorded one hit each for Brusly.
Laprarie got things started for BHS in the second inning with a single. She eventually scored when Claire Daigle reached on an an error.
LeBlanc recorded five strikeouts in the first two innings for the Panthers.
Camryn Comeaux’s a two-RBI single to right field extended the Panthers’ lead to 3-0 after three innings. Both defenses stepped up in the fourth inning, allowing no run or hits.
Brusly added a run in the fifth on a hit by Shelby Fleming that scored courtesy runner Christen Gaudet. South Beauregard, the No. 17 seed, scored its two runs in the bottom half of the fifth.
SBHS’ Allie Parker singled to left, scoring Kodie Burch. Brooke Fontenot, who reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored to make it a 4-2 game.
The Panthers more than put the game out of reach in the sixth. Akiya Thymes walked to open the inning and scored on Carli Comeaux’s double. Lanesha Taylor then doubled to score Comeaux. Taylor scored the final run on a single by David.