Jennings rallies past Crowley Ladies

JENNINGS – Three misplayed bunts in the fifth inning and two errors in the sixth proved costly for the Crowley Ladies Monday afternoon in their District 4-3A finale against Jennings.

Jennings rallied from a 3-1 deficit, plating seven runs in the final two frames on a pair of errors and three perfectly placed bunts, and held on for an 8-6 victory over the visiting Ladies.

The Ladies finished the regular season with an overall mark of 10-10 and tied for third place in District 4-3A with South Beauregard at 3-3.

Jennings improved to 12-12 overall and 2-8 in league play.

“They started bunting and we just acted like we didn’t really know what to do with the ball,” said CHS coach Megan Melancon. “We kind of fell apart for two innings and you just can’t do that against a good team.”

Jennings’ rally began in the sixth inning when, with one out, the Lady Dogs laid down three straight bunts that seemed to baffle the Ladies.

Stephanie Menard and Hannah Daniel both reached base on bunt singles before another bunt by Alex Marceaux plated the first run of the inning. Jules Crochet then hit a grounder to shortstop, but the throw to the plate to get Daniel was late and the game was tied at 3-3.

Jennings added two more runs on a single to right center field that gave the Lady Dogs a 5-3 advantage.

The Lady Dogs added three more runs in the sixth inning courtesy of two hits and two Crowley errors.

Crowley rallied in the top of the seventh and scored three runs on five hits. The Ladies had the bases loaded with one out, but a grounder to Daniel at third base ended the game with a double play.

The Ladies outhit the Lady Dogs 11-10 but got littler production through the middle innings.

Crowley had four hits in the first inning and five in the seventh. The other two hits, both singles by Heather Trahan, were in the second and fifth innings.

“We just didn’t really have a good approach at the plate today,” said Melancon. “We took too many pitches. We weren’t swinging at the first strike that came to us. We typically don’t take strikes but we just didn’t have the right philosophy until that last inning.

“We gave ourselves a chance right there at the end, but that’s what we should have been doing the whole game. I just wish we would have had that mentality the entire game but we didn’t.”

Trahan paced the Ladies with four hits while Olivia Boullion had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI.

Emily Boullion also had two hits. Jessica Powell and Skylor Huval each had one hit and one RBI, Maddie Lebouef had a single and Megan Guidry drove in a run with a bases loaded walk.

The Ladies will find out their postseason fate Friday when the LHSAA releases the 2012 softball playoff brackets.

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