PINEVILLE — The Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star softball game was anything but a Friday night pitcher’s duel.
The East pounded out 10 hits, the West 14 hits, and the West team’s Hali Williams of Comeaux High hit a home run to left field on her first swing in the first inning, which proved to be a sign of things to come as the West claimed a 10-4 win in a game played at Louisiana College. The teams meet again at 1 p.m. Saturday.
“We didn’t expect this to be a pitching game because we have good hitters on the team,” said Kelly Kaiama-Goodwin, a West assistant coach and former Leesville coach. “It is hard to coach kids you are not in contact with all the time. The strategy is to just win.”
Williams was the No. 2 batter in the lineup.
“She’s in my district and is a good athlete,” said West coach Beth Domingue of Sam Houston. “I know she’s going to college to play volleyball. We’re hoping to get some good pitching going tomorrow.”
The East scored its first run in the first inning when designated player Bailey Landry of East Ascension drove in Ruston’s Kendall Smith with an RBI single.
Live Oak’s Sarah Sepeda scored on a wild pitch. Smith followed with an RBI single that scored Sterlington’s Sarah Gandy to give the East a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning.
The East loaded the bases in the fifth. Live Oak’s Brooke Morris and Sepeda both singled, and Sterlington’s Gandy singled to load the bases, but Maggie Davidson popped up to center field to end the inning.
The West took control on its next chance. Williams started things in the sixth with an RBI double that scored Leesville’s Chelsi Alexander. Later, Evangel Christian’s Baylee Shephard added a two-RBI single that scored Williams and Hackberry’s Hailey Reeves, giving the West a 7-4 lead.
In the seventh inning, the West’s MaKelle Pena of Vanderbilt Catholic reached second on an error. Camille Quebodeaux of Teurlings also was on base. She and Pena each scored runs on a throwing error, increasing the West’s lead to the final 10-4 margin.
Belle Chasse’s Jaclyn Johnson got the win. Johnson gave up five hits and three runs in three innings.
East assistant coach Darlene Wiley of Buckeye said she’s hoping to get better pitching Saturday.
“It was definitely an all-star game,” Wiley said.