Coming together: Lady Eagles too much for WCHS in district game

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
St. John's Keri Yarbrough races home ahead of the throw to White Castle's Paige Coupel in the Lady Eagles' 15-0 District 9-1A victory on Tuesday afternoon. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE – St. John the Evangelist piled on eight third inning runs to defeat White Castle 15-0 in a LHSAA District 9-1A softball game Tuesday at Lady Eagle Park.

The Lady Eagles (10-9, 3-0), under coach Oliver "Crickett" Crockett, faced Ascension Catholic on Tuesday in Donaldsonville before hosting a doubleheader against East Iberville Thursday and facing Grant on Friday and Saturday at home. St. John moves back into district play Monday at Ascension Christian before going to White Castle Wednesday.

St. John also defeated West St. John 18-0 Thursday before falling to Archbishop Hannan 10-0 and Albany 6-0 then rebounding over St. Michael the Archangel 16-0 in a weekend tournament at Brusly.

"Consistency is the thing that we have been working on throughout the season," Crockett said. "We have been talking about it and we have to get there. We will keep working.

"We are about where we want to be right now. It is coming together. It is just taking a little bit of work but we will get there. If we get good pitching and timely hitting, we will get around there."

White Castle (3-6, 2-1), under coach Shelly Hudson, traveled to Ascension Christian Tuesday before hosting West St. John Thursday, going to East Iberville Monday and hosting St. John Wednesday.

"We got into a slump today," Hudson said. "We just had a bad day but the bottom line is it is always going to be this way against these teams that have strong feeder programs that we don't. That is the disadvantage that we have.

"Given that the score would have probably been a whole lot worse than this three years ago. We have come quite some ways but it is going to continue to be a struggle as long as I have juniors and seniors coming out onto the field for the first time and not knowing the fundamentals."

Kamryn Theriot struck out every batter she faced in a three-inning outing for St. John. Theriot also was 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.

Jessie Brown (2-3) hit two three-run home runs for six RBIs and scored three runs. Payton Passantino (triple, three RBIs) and

Brooklyn Pearce (double, two RBIs) were each 2-for-2.

Kyndal Guillory (triple, two runs, two RBIs) and Shelbi Strickland (two runs) were each 1-for-3 and Samantha Rivet, Kortlyn Theriot and Carlee Smith each scored two runs. Keri Yarbrough and Madison Schnebelen each scored one turn and Victoria Weaver had one RBI.

Skylar O'Bear took the loss for White Castle allowing 11 hits over two 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking three.

Theriot struck out the side in the top of the first and drew a walk to lead off the bottom half. A walk and hits batsman scored the Lady Eagles first two runs.

Guillory tripled over right to lead off the bottom of the second after Theriot struck out the side again. Theriot followed with a run-scoring scorcher to left.

Brown's first three-run jack to center field came two batters later. Pearce followed with a double to the left gap before Passantino lined to right to make it 7-0.

Theriot struckout the side once more in the third and lined to left to lead off the bottom half.

Brown followed with another three-run home run over right after Strickland lined to left. Passantino's triple over right followed Pearce's liner inside the left field line to make it 11-0.

Guillory drove in two more runs before Theriot's liner through the infield added another and a pass ball reflected the final tally.