What we do: No. 10 seed Lady Eagles blank Logansport into Class 1A regionals
PLAQUEMINE - St. John the Evangelist High School crossed four runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 10-0 five inning mercy-rule Class 1A bi-district playoff victory over Logansport on Tuesday afternoon at Lady Eagle Park.
The 10th-seeded Lady Eagles (20-12), under coach Cindy Prouty, move on to face No. 7 seed Block on Friday at 4 p.m. in Jonesville. The winner advances to the quarterfinals at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Fast Pitch 56 State Softball Tournament in Sulphur against No. 2 Central Catholic or No. 15 St. Mary on May 2. No. 23 Logansport finishes the season 11-19.
“It looked like a complete game,” Prouty said. “We have been kind of struggling with runners in scoring position but we came ready to play today. We are doing a good job one through nine and it is a big team effort because everybody has their role.
“We are not thinking about who we play from now on. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is what we do.”
Kyndal Guillory earned the win in the circle facing just two over the minimum while striking out three. Guillory also hit a double.
“Our pitcher threw well and stayed ahead in the count,” Prouty said.
McKenzie Richard hit a three-run home run for St. John and drove in four RBIs. Brooklyn Pearce was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Payton Passantino (double), Shelbi Strickland and Samantha Rivet were each 2-for-3. Monica Rivet scored two runs and Zoe Ordoyne one.
Mallory Guillotte took the loss for Logansport. Macy Guillotte and Lajagan Wilson had the Lady Tigers’ lone hits.
Passantino took Guillotte’s first offering to the right gap for a RBI-double in the first giving St. John a 4-0 lead. Pearce lined to center to drive in the first two runs and Richard’s fielder’s choice added another.
Rivet dropped a single over first in the second and scored on a pass ball to make it 5-0 after Alana Blanchard beat out a grounder for a hit.
Guillory doubled to the right gap to lead off the third and Richard’s home run over the left field fence pushed the lead to 8-0.
However, St. John left runners in scoring position after Rivet lined a one-out single inside the third base line.
Strickland led off the fourth with a liner to centerfield and advanced to third. Pearce’s hopper inside the third base line made it 9-0.
Carlee Smith dropped a bases loaded single to shallow left to reflect the final tally after Richard drew a walk and Passantino lined through the left infield.