SOFTBALL

No. 2 Central Catholic ousts Lady Eagles in 1A quarters

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
St. John's Shelbi Strickland places the tag on a Central Catholic base runner in the Lady Eagles' 9-1 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff loss on Friday afternoon at the Fastpitch Top 56 State Softball Tournament at Frasch Park in Sulphur. 
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SULPHUR - St. John the Evangelist High School provided Central Catholic of Morgan City with far more help than it needed in a 9-1 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff loss in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Fastpitch Top 56 State Softball Tournament at Frasch Park on Friday afternoon.

The Lady Eagles (21-13), under coach Cindy Prouty, committed seven errors and allowed runs in four of Central Catholic’s final five at-bats.

“I think going into the game everyone had a positive attitude and felt confident,” Prouty said. “We made seven errors which pretty much says it all. We had four freshmen on the field and it is just growing pains.

“They kept fighting and that is what you have got to do. We had four really good seniors that played impact roles for us this year but it just didn’t go our way. The future is definitely bright.”

Central Catholic (27-3) fell to Ascension Catholic 5-0 in the semifinals.

Megan Landry earned the win in the circle allowing four hits while striking out 11. Landry helped her cause with three singles and Gee Garret hit a home run and a pair of doubles.

Kyndal Guillory took the loss for St. John allowing nine hits while striking out five. Gracie Trahan’s double highlighted the Lady Eagles’ four-hit performance.

“You can’t ask a pitcher to do more than what she did,” Prouty said. “We just have to step up at the plate and do the little things. We didn’t hit so that added unneeded pressure defensively.”

Central Catholic pushed across runs in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings.

Landry reached on an error and scored on Garrett’s double in the third inning. The Lady Eagles added runs on singles by Brooke Lipari and Peyton Thomas.

St. John threatened in the fourth inning when Central Catholic committed consecutive errors but came up empty.

The Lady Eagles got on the board in the sixth. Trahan doubled and scored but St. John left the bases loaded after Payton Passantino drew a walk.

Central Catholic put the game away in the bottom half. Landry led off with a single before Garrett’s two-run home run. Kayla Gros then drew a walk and reflected the final tally by scoring.

Landry, who faced just eight over the minimum, retired St. John in order in the seventh to end the game.

St. John’s seniors include Shelbi Strickland, Brooklyn Pearce, Alana Blanchard and Samantha Rivet.