LHSAA state semifinal roundup from Sulphur for the 2022 state tournament

LaMar Gafford
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Here are the results from Friday’s semifinal action in the LHSAA softball tournament from Sulphur and Broussard.

Class 5A

St. Amant 6, Walker 0: Boston College signee Addison Jackson struck out seven batters, recorded a shutout and went 2-for-4 to lead St. Amant to its first championship game since 2019. Ryann Schexnayder had two doubles for Walker.

West Monroe 11, Sam Houston 4: For the first time since 1999, West Monroe is heading to the Class 5A championship game as it scored multiple runs in the first, second and fourth innings to defeat Sam Houston. Kenzie Vestal went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Maddie Nichols struck out eight batters. Madelyn England and Carolina Eidson each had two hits for Sam Houston.

Class 4A

Franklin Parish 8, Beau Chene 1: Franklin Parish will play for its first state title behind a four-RBI game from Carlie Emfinger. Emfinger put the Lady Patriots comfortably ahead with a three-run home run in the fourth, while Chloe Bonvillian hit a pair of doubles for Beau Chene.

North DeSoto 18, Eunice 5: Defending Class 4A champion North DeSoto hit seven home runs as it cruised past Eunice. Lady Griffins freshman Payton Miller hit two home runs to highlight a 3-for-3 performance. Alissa Pate went 1-for-3 and scored a run to lead Eunice.

Class 3A

Buckeye 7, Sterlington 5: Thanks to a six-run third inning, Buckeye is in its first championship game since 2019. Junior Maddie Sinclair put it ahead in the third with a two-run single and finished with three RBIs. Sterlington rallied with three runs in the seventh, but Olivia Henry caught a pop up to close the game.

Iowa 1, Grant 0: In a rematch of last year’s semifinal game, Iowa only needed an RBI single by junior Kylie Boudreaux to return to the Class 3A finals. Junior pitcher McKenna Howell went 2-for-3 with a double.

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Class 2A

Port Barre 1, Kinder 0: Port Barre’s Samantha Daniels and Kinder’s Bri Fontenot were locked in a pitchers’ duel, but Daniels prevailed after the Lady Devils scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth. Fontenot helped her cause in the fourth with a triple, but the Lady Jackets mustered only one other hit.

Many 11, Doyle 0: LSUA signee Tia Holmes pitched a perfect game and struck out nine of 15 batters to send Many back to the title game. Holmes, Brook Jenkins and Camryn Ford combined to drive in seven of the Lady Tigers’ runs.

Class 1A

Montgomery 8, Oak Grove 3: Losing its last four semifinal matchups to Oak Grove, Montgomery finally got over the hump after overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the third inning. Brighley Crayon and Ella Brouillette had a pair of singles to lead Montgomery and Avery Hankins went 2-for-3 with a double for Oak Grove.

LaSalle 10, East Beauregard 0: Defending Class 1A champion LaSalle left little doubt in its game against East Beauregard as senior Landri Campbell had eight strikeouts and senior Savannah Valentine went 3-for-3. Lady Tigers senior Kenzie Nino hit a walkoff two-run home run to cap a four-RBI game. East Beau’s only hits came from Raegann Smith and Sierra Burroughs.

Class B

Holden 10, Florien 6: Taylor Douglas was intentionally walked three times  and hit a double along with Madison McDonald and Kamrynn Ouber to lead Holden to its sixth straight Class B championship game. Maddie Chreene went 2-for-4 with four RBIs to pace Florien.

Anacoco 13, Oak Hill 3: Plating 11 runs in the fourth and fifth innings, Anacoco is heading back to the finals thanks to a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance by eighth grader Emilee D’Amico. One of Oak Hill’s three hits came from Addison Steedman, who hit a triple.

Class C

Harrisonburg 6, Hornbeck 5: Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Harrisonburg plated runs in the seventh and eighth to reach its first Class C title game since 2018. Harrisonburg senior Julia Borne hit a walkoff single in the eighth to drive in Grace Ainsworth, while junior Jessi White had 11 strikeouts. Hannah Mitchell hit a three-run home run to led Hornbeck.

Calvin 10, Summerfield 0: Freshman pitcher Haley Martin picked up where she left off last year as she recorded eight strikeouts to send defending champion Calvin back to the championship game. Emma Adkins hit a double as Summerfield only had three hits.

Division I

John Curtis 7, Chapelle 4: A go-ahead run by Kira Manganello helped put defending Division I champion John Curtis into its fourth straight Division I final. Manganello went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Lady Patriots, while Kayla Giardina had eight strikeouts for Chapelle.

St. Joseph’s (BR) 4, Dominican 2: Thanks to Ana-Grace Garcia’s nine strikeouts, St. Joseph’s made its first championship game. Garcia did not allow a hit in the final five innings as Ella Bertucci had two hits for Dominican.

Division II

Haynes Academy 5, St. Thomas More 4: Hailey Peterson’s game-winning bunt allowed Haynes Academy to score a win to return to the Division II finals.

Archbishop Hannan 3, Vandebilt Catholic 2: Tristen Baugh’s eight strikeouts led Hannan to a win over Vandebilt Catholic pushing it to its third straight championship game. Kristen Wegener went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Division III

Notre Dame 6, Menard 3: Tied 3-3 in the fifth, Abigail Savoy’s solo run helped Notre Dame defeat Menard for the fourth straight season. Emily DeSelle and Sophie Giordano hit home runs for Menard.

St. Charles 15, Houma Christian 9: Dani Aucoin’s five RBIs and Madison Hebert’s three RBIs propelled St. Charles to Championship Saturday for the first time since 2018. Hannah Brady, Mia Ganote and Aliyah Manson recorded three hits each.

Division IV

Opelousas Catholic 1, St. John 0: Ashley Little surrendered only three hits and struck out six as Opelousas Catholic heads to its first final since 1987. Madison Gussman scored the lone run thanks to an error.

Calvary 7, Riverside Academy 1: Elena Franks went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs to lead defending Division IV champion Calvary back to the finals. Carlie Guile went 3-for-4 with two triples

Division V

Claiborne Christian 10, Grace Christian 0: Annacate Miller tossed a no-hitter and had 11 strikeouts to send Claiborne Christian back to the Division V finals. Miller also went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, three stolen bases and four runs scored.

Northside Christian 8, St. Joseph’s (Plaucheville) 1: Northside Christian returns to the Division V title game for the fifth year in a row and will face Claiborne Christian for the third straight year.