Lady Eagles fall to Westminster Chrs. in Class 1A quarterfinals

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Westminster Christian's Jade Fontenot tags St. John's Alana Blanchard in the Lady Crusaders' 9-3 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff victory on Friday afternoon.
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SULPHUR – No. 16 seed Westminster Christian Academy scored in every inning but two to take a 9-3 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff victory over eighth seed St. John on Friday at the LHSAA Fastpitch 56 State Softball Tournament at Frasch Park.

The Lady Eagles (22-11), under coach Oliver "Cricket" Crockett advanced to the state tournament for the fourth straight year but have fallen in the quarterfinals each year.

"It just didn't happen for us this time," Crockett said. "It was a frustrating day. We just have to get back to the drawing board and get back here again.

"I don't think we were overconfident. We knew going in they were good and it wasn't a huge surprise that they knocked off the top seed. They got up on us early and if felt like it snowballed. It was hard for us to get a run across and that really hurt."

Kamryn Theriot took the loss for St. John allowing 12 hits over seven innings.

Jessie Brown was 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and run and Victoria Weaver was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs

Westminster (18-14) fell to two-time defending state champion Archbishop Hannan 5-0 in the semifinals. Catholic of Pointe Coupee won the state title over the Lady Hawks 4-3 on Saturday evening.

Taylor Leger earned the win despite walking 10 batters and allowing seven hits.

Gabrielle Lewis was 3-for-5 and Gabrielle Karam was 2-for-4. Leger had two RBIs.

Westminster took the lead in the top of the second with three runs on two hits and two errors. The Lady Crusaders added two runs each in the fifth and sixth.

Brown's RBI-double put St. John on the board in the seventh before Weaver's two-run double to center but Leger got a fly out and ground out to end the game.