Softball season ends in Iberville

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com
Monica Rivet

All four parish softball squads earned themselves a playoff berth this season, something Iberville should be proud of.  The downside to this great news, however, is that all four teams lost their opening round matchups, thus ending softball season for Iberville Parish high schools.

As reported in last week’s Post South, the No. 18 Plaquemine Lady Green Devils lost in a 6-0 shutout in round one against No. 15 Tioga in the 4A bracket.

East Iberville High Lady Tigers and the White Castle Lady Bulldogs represented Iberville in the 1A bracket, but both teams fell on the road.

No. 24 East Iberville fell 7-0 against No. 9 Oberlin and No. 19 White Castle fell 13-2 to No. 14 Merryville.

The last remaining Iberville team, the St. John Lady Eagles, earned themselves the No. 10 overall seed in the LHSAA Div. IV playoffs and were set to hit the road to take on No. 7 St. Mary’s, but came up just short in a one-point loss.

The game looked to be a cake walk at first for the Lady Eagles when they jumped out to an early 6-0 lead through the first two innings.

In the third inning, it began to rain.  St. Mary’s took advantage and racked up seven runs in the bottom of the third, followed by one more in the fourth.

The Lady Eagles closed the gap in the top of the fifth to tie the game 8-8, but the home squad squeaked out one more run in the bottom of the fifth.  Both teams blanked the sixth, and St. Mary’s held St. John scoreless in the seventh.

“Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong all at once,” head coach Cindy Prouty said.  “Next thing you know, it’s tied up.  After the game switched to their favor, we score two more runs, but we didn’t execute in the last two innings.

“We let it slip away.  We lost to a good team, but it never should have ended like that.  We have to find a way to keep putting pressure and put our opponents away.  It was a very emotional day.”

The Lady Eagles will be losing four seniors to graduation this year, Grace Acosta, McKenzie Richard, Taylor Vince and Monica Claire Rivet, and coach Prouty will look to her talented returning group at taking another shot at the title in 2018.

“They are not just good players, but good people.”

SJHS ended their season 6-2 in District 6-1A