St. John’s Lady Eagles earned a spot to the quarterfinals of the La. High School Athletic Association’s Softball State Championship – their premier appearance will be against False River Academy’s Lady Gators Thursday at noon.
The Lady Eagles head to Sulphur on the heels of a 22-11 convincing first round win over Vermillion Catholic while the Lady Gators enter the quarterfinal matchup after dominating Ascension Christian, 16-4, in their first tournament appearance.
St. John is the No. 10 seed in the tournament – False River Academy is seeded at No. 2.
In the opening round, the Lady Eagles were led by Kaylee Sadden on offenses in their big win last Thursday over Vermillion Catholic while Samantha Landry earned the win from the mound.
Landry allowed 12 hits in six innings of pitching and 11 runs and picked up a single strikeout.
It was an explosive offensive show, with St. John earned 21 hits in the game compared to Vermillion Catholic’s 12.
Sadden knocked in six runs with just two hits in the offensive showdown – a grand slam in the second inning and a double in the third.
The fireworks started early when the Lady Eagles scored two runs on an error then another, matched by Vermillion Catholic, which drove in three runs of its own, highlighted with an RBI triple.
The Lady Eagles added another three runs in the top of the fifth – Vermillion Catholic kept it close with three runs of its own in the same inning.
One of St. John’s home runs came with two runners on base to earn its three, answered with a two-run homer by Vermillion Catholic and a double later in the inning scored the third.
The Lady Eagles got on top, convincingly so, with its seven runs in the second inning. Kynlee LeBlanc nailed a solo homerun, then came Sadden’s grand slam, followed by a two-run home run driven out of the park by Elise Jackson.
St. John managed an impressive four homers in the game, three in the second inning alone.
In a much closer, much more defensive game Tuesday, St. Michael scored five runs on the way to defeating St. John, 5-2.
Pitcher Landry was on the losing end of this one, lasting seven innings, allowing five runs with six hits and chalking up three strikeouts. .