St. John Lady Eagles earned a pair of key victories last week before the announcement of their LHSAA Div. IV playoff seeding.
SJHS opened play last week at Plaquemine High for the annual Pink Game and came away with a 9-4 victory.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after 2.5 innings over the Lady Devils before PHS tacked on one run in the bottom of the third.
St. John continued their lead extension with a pair of runs in the fourth and a pair in the sixth. PHS put up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap a bit, but a 9-2 lead was too much for the Lady Devils to overcome.
Lady Eagle Madison Young smacked a grand slam for the Lady Eagles in the second to spark their offense early, while pitcher Monica Rivet dominated at the mound for 13 strikeouts.
Alise Wille, Young and Mckenzie Richard each racked up a pair of hits in the win. Young was the game RBI leader with four, followed by Richard with two and Wille with one.
“Monica Rivet threw one of her best games of the year,” head coach Cindy Prouty said. “But defensively we made too many mistakes. Mistakes you can’t make in the playoffs.”
St. John Lady Eagles closed out the regular season with their home senior game against Christian Life and pulled out a 16-0 victory after 2.5 innings of play.
SJHS racked up 15 runs in the first innings, and one in the second while blanking the visiting CL team through three.
Wille was the lead hitter with three, followed by Grace Acosta and Sarah LoBue with two. Wille and LoBue each totaled three RBIs, and Madison Young followed with two.
Rivet pitched two innings and earned five strikeouts while Grace Acosta pitched one and earned three strikeouts.
LHSAA placed the St. John Lady Eagles as the No. 10 seed in the Division IV playoff bracket and they will face off on the road against No. 7 St. Mary’s on Thursday, April 20.
“I think we match up pretty evenly with St. Mary’s,” Prouty said. “We will have to play well to win, but at this point in the season we have to do that every outing. Pitching has to be on, we have to get timely hits and our defense has to make plays. We are working hard in practice and we will be ready.”