Plaquemine stuns 3A power Parkview Baptist

Tryve Brackin
RETURNING PLAYERS…Returning to the Plaquemine High Lady Green Devil softball den this season are: front row, from left, Kaitlyn Delaune, Courtney Jordan, Mallory Perrault; and back, Blaise Sylvester, D’Apalus Stevens, Mia Johnson, Amber Smith, and Kate Dixon.

Plaquemine High’s Lady Green Devils avenged a handful of seasons when Parkview Baptist dominated them in the playoffs and regular season area softball games last week in Baton Rouge.

The PHS girls pulled off an upset of hosting Parkview with an impressive 2-1 victory, boosting their record to 8-5 in the process.

Coach Mary Gaye David pointed to an outstanding defensive effort, especially by her outfield group of Mallory Perrault in center field, Amber Smith in left, and Kate Dixon in right. Meanwhile, senior catcher Blaise Sylvester drove in the winning run with her second hit of the game. It came in the top of the tenth inning. PHS went back on the field and a flyout to center field ended the contest with the tying run at second base.

“I moved Mallory to center field for the game and put Amber Granger at second base. It worked and the defense, all nine of them, played great,” noted the PHS coach.

Along with the final out, Perrault made a double play happen with a catch and throw from center field to end a threat by PVHS.

Perrault joined with Sylvester in leading the PHS offense with a pair of clutch hits and two runs scored.

PHS scored a run in the top of the first frame and the 1-0 score held until Parkview scored in the bottom of the seventh and the game went into extra innings.

First-year starter Kassidy Traigle pitched all ten innings and turned in a standout effort on the mound, allowing only four hits and a run to a ball club known for its hitting.