Lady Eagles face second-place finish

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com
Elise Jackson

With one district game left in the regular season, the St. John Lady Eagles are officially eyeing a second-place in District 6-1A.

SJHS needed to split the series with rival Ascension Catholic this week, but came up short in a 5-2 loss and have solidified their spot in second after a shutout 16-0 win against White Castle.

Both teams blanked the first two innings in the Tuesday tilt against ACHS, but the Lady Bulldogs were the first to put runs on the board in the third.  The Lady Eagles faced a 0-3 deficit entering the fourth, but failed to put runs on the board.  ACHS tacked on two more in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-0 lead into the fifth.

St. John managed to close the gap a bit in the top of the sixth with two runs of their own, but failed to tack on anymore in the seventh.

Head coach Cindy Prouty takes the weight of the loss solely on her shoulders.

“The loss versus Ascension Catholic was hard to swallow,” Prouty said.  “I take responsibility for that loss.  When the girls started getting a few hits back to back I made a costly coaching decision by sending Kaylee Sadden to home only to be thrown out.”

The out at home was the third of the inning which halted any Lady Eagle chance at bouncing back.

“Although we feel like we have the better team, they outplayed us again,” Prouty said.  “So they deserve the District Championship.”

The Lady Eagles lost their first matchup to ACHS on March 9 at home by one run, 4-5.  Tuesday’s loss has pretty much determined the final 6-1A standings and a second place spot for SJHS.

Monica Rivet and Grace Acosta shared pitching duties in the loss.  Rivet racked up 10 first pitch strikes and four strikeouts.  Kaylee Sadden earned one RBI.

SJHS then returned home to take on parish rival White Castle Lady Bulldogs on Thursday, March 30 and came away with a blowout 16-0 district victory.

“We played good defense and had some quality hits,” Prouty said.  “It felt good to get that win after the Ascension Catholic loss.”

Kelsey LeBlanc, Sarah LoBue and Mckenzie Richard each racked up a pair of hits in the win.  LeBlanc was the team’s RBI leader with four, followed by Richard and Elise Jackson each with three.  Alise Wille earned four walks.

Monica Rivet and Acosta each pitched two innings in the win and each earned four first pitch strikes.  Rivet earned three strikeouts.

With one district game left on the schedule against the lowly East Iberville Lady Tigers, SJHS sports a 5-2 overall record.

The Lady Eagles will look to finish out the regular season strong and are now playing for a favorable playoff standing.