All four River Parish teams in action Friday came away with victories to advance to the second round of the softball playoffs
Two of the teams playing at home won by 10-run rule.
Hahnville defeated Comeaux 10-0 in six innings and Lutcher topped Riverdale 14-4 in five innings. Meanwhile, St. James eliminated West Feliciana 10-6.
Destrehan, the only River Parish team to open the postseason on the road, edged Mandeville 1-0.
Hahnville 10, Comeaux 0: MaKenna Cortez blasted two, three-run home runs to power the Lady Tigers, the No. 12 seed in the Class 5A bracket.
Hahnville hit a total of four home runs while pitchers Hailey Beard and MacKenzie Kliebert combined for a no-hitter.
“With our team being so young, we only have three kids in the starting lineup who have any starting playoff experience. It was important to come out strong. I was interested to see how we would react just to the pressure of playing in that type of game. I thought they responded very well,” said Hahnville coach Jerry Nugent.
The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run by Kat Smith, her 11th of the season to set a new school record.
“That set the tone for a big offensive day for us. I thought we came out in the first inning and hit the ball really hard but just right at people,” said Nugent.
Comeaux, the No. 21 seed, had its best scoring chance in the top of the third inning.
An illegal pitch call against Beard on ball three allowed A’yanna Williams to reach first base with a two-out walk. Williams broke on a steal attempt of second base when the pitch by Beard got past Hahnville catcher Kate Bruce. Williams rounded second and raced for third but Bruce nailed Williams at third base on a throw to her sister, Grace Bruce, to end the inning.
“We practice scenarios like that,” Nugent said. “It’s one of those things we practice a thousand times on the off chance it might happen once. We really hadn’t had a specific situation like that this year until today. It was a good lesson for our team. That’s why we practice for stuff like that all. It took what little momentum they had away from them.”
Cortez blasted her first three-run homer as part of a four-run third inning to extend Hahnville’s lead to 5-0.
Montana Smith hit a solo shot for the Lady Tigers’ third home run of the game.
Leading 7-0, Cortez belted a three-run homer in the sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule.
The win sets up a rematch of last year’s state championship game.
Hahnville will take Ouachita Parish, the No. 5 seed, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Monroe. Ouachita defeated No. 28 New Iberia 14-4.
Lutcher 14, Riverdale 4: The Lady Bulldogs, the No. 10 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, got strong hitting from the top of their lineup to defeat Riverdale, the No. 23 seed.
“No matter who you play, you are always a little nervous about who you are playing,” Lutcher coach Cathy Bland said of opening-round playoff jitters.
The Lady Bulldogs, 14-13, advance to take on No. Belle Chase. Belle Chase pounded No. 26 Bastrop 22-1 in three innings.
The date and time of the game, to be played in Belle Chasse, has yet to be determined.
Lutcher leadoff hitter Maria Detillier went 3 for 3, including leadoff of the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run.
Evyn Vicknair, the second batter in the lineup, went 2 for 3 with a triple, while Jayden Darr, the five-hole hitter, was 3 for 4.
Detillier’s homer in the first inning and a sacrifice fly on a pop out by Kristen Poche gave Lutcher two runs in the first inning.
Vicknair’s two-run triple in the second inning gave the Lady Bulldogs an additional two runs.
Riverdale stayed in the game early with a solo home run by Alexis Landry in the first inning and another solo shot by Melody Hawkins in the third before the Lady Bulldogs pulled away.
The Lady Bulldogs are without their top pitcher, Caroline Keller, who suffered a broken finger two weeks ago.
Freshman Allie Bland, the coach’s daughter, was up to the task Friday in place of Keller. She had 11 strikeouts while allowing two earned runs in the game.
St. James 10, West Feliciana 6: The Lady Wildcats had to rally from deficits twice early in the game before finally taking the lead for good in the bottom of the second on their way to the win at the Lutcher Park complex, their home-away-from home during the 2019 season.
“I told the girls we didn’t want to end in the first round with everything we’ve been through. Having to come here (Thursday), we had no transportation and we had to get parents to bring them here for practice, which was another bump in the road,” St. James coach Benton Ford said.
The win advances St. James, the No. 16 seed, to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs against top-seeded Brusly at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
West Feliciana, the No. 17 seed, scored two runs in the top of the first inning before the Lady Wildcats countered with a five-run second inning.
A sacrifice fly by Trystan Tregre scored Chakkirous Parker scored St. James’ first run and the Lady Wildcats added another run on a passed ball to tie the game.
A bunt by Shalayah Hebert scored Mhallayah Picou to put St. James on top 3-2. Hebert later scored on a fielder’s choice and Abby Lassere on an error to give the Lady Wildcats a 5-2 lead.
After West Feliciana regained the lead at 6-5 in the top of the second inning, St. James responded with a three-run bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good.
A two-run triple by Tregre put St. James on top 7-6. Courtesy runner Jenna Rouge scored on a hit by Lassere to extend the lead.
St. James added two more runs in the third inning to round out the scoring.
West Feliciana threatened twice in the final two innings.
In the sixth, West Feliciana had a runner on third base with no outs before pitcher Kiri Parker struck out the next three hitters.
“She’s been doing that all year. When she needs to make a pitch, she can flip a switch and make the pitch. I wish she could do that without getting runners on base and get them out right away. She seems to allow people to get on base and she’ll flip a switch. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but the majority of the time she’s very good in the circle and comes through,” Ford said of Parker.
In the seventh, a single and error put two West Feliciana runners aboard with no outs. Saige Gant, the St. James center fielder, caught a fly ball for an out and gunned down the West Feliciana runner trying to get back to second base on the play, and suddenly, there were two outs.
“Even in the fourth inning, they hit a base hit to center and the girl on base tried to score from second and she threw her out at the plate to kill their momentum,” Ford said of Gant’s defensive prowess.
A weak roller to Parker ended the game.
Destrehan 1, Mandeville 0: The Lady Wildcats, the only River Parish road team, came away with a 1-0 win at No. 10 Mandeville to advance to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The win, which improved No. 23 Destrehan to 15-16, earned the Lady Wildcats a home game at 4 p.m. Tuesday against No. 7 Northshore.
Destrehan pitcher Tyler Oubre outdueled Mandeville’s Grace O’Berry – just barely.
Oubre strike out 11 while allowing only two hits. O’Berry, meanwhile, was a tough-luck loser, striking out eight batters while allowing four hits.
The game’s lone run came in the top of the seventh inning under unusual circumstances.
A double by Gia Zeringue and a single by Oubre put runners on the corners with one out.
Moments after Oubre stole second base, and with Emma Rome at the plate with two outs, Oubre took off for third base, which was occupied by Zeringue. Mandeville catcher Kylee Dulyea went down the third base line and then threw to second to get Oubre in a rundown. With no one covering the plate, Zeringue scooted home with the game-winning run.