Iota, Rayne advance in softball playoffs

IOTA – The Iota Lady Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the third inning and held off a late rally to upend Doyle, 2-0, Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the Class AA playoffs.

The victory sends the No. 14-seeded Lady Bulldogs into the regional round Thursday at No. 3 DeQuincy (4 p.m.). The loss eliminated No. 19 Doyle from the playoffs.

Iota’s April Sensat walked to start the third inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Laura Cart. Chelsea Welsh then delivered a clutch, two-out double to plate Sensat before scoring herself when Abigail Leonards hit a grounder to shortstop that was misplayed.

Leonards, a freshman pitcher, held the Lady Tigers in check until the final inning.

Leonards gave up a leadoff infield single in the seventh and walked two to load the bases with one out.

However, Doyle flew out to third base for the second out and then got called out on runner’s interference to end the game.

Leonards limited Doyle to just four hits on the night. She walked three and struck out six to earn the victory.

Welch paced Iota at the plate with a double and a RBI while Courtney Duncan, Gabby Heinen and Caroline Hebert each had one hit.

CLASS AAA

Rayne 6, N. DeSoto 3

RAYNE – The Rayne High Lady Wolves scored in only two innings of Monday’s softball game against North DeSoto; but, that was all it took for a 6-3 first round win of the 2011 state playoffs.

The Lady Wolves collected 12 hits in the bi-district victory and got a strong showing from hurler Mariel Meche, who collected five strikeouts while allowing only three hits, three walks and one hit batter.

Meche also helped on the offensive side by going 2-for-2 with two triples and one run.

Kelsey Hollier was 3-4 (two singles and one triple), Courtney Boutin at 2-3 (2 singles), Ariel Meche 1-3 (single, run), Tori Mott 1-3 (sacrifice), Alex Peltier 1-2 (RBI and run), Caitlyn LeDoux 1-2 (2 RBI’s) and Kristen Gaspard 1-3 (triple, 2 RBI’s).

Rayne High collected three runs in the second and third innings, while DeSoto scored its three runs in the fifth courtesy of a couple of Rayne errors.

With Tuesday’s victory, the No. 12 Lady Wolves will travel to Albany today for a 5 p.m. regional contest against the No. 6 seed.

Early on in the season, Rayne High defeated Albany 4-0 during the Bruly Tournament.

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