Lady Bengals rolling in record season
By Tom Dodge
Ninth-ranked LSU Eunice is presently on a six-game winning streak as the Lady Bengals grabbed four wins over Angelina last weekend and then added 7-5 and 13-5 victories over Lamar College on Monday.
With a 29-14 overall record under first-year head coach Andy Lee, the Lady Bengals well ahead of last year’s 15-29 finish with a doubleheader set for 3 p.m. today against Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson, Miss.
LSUE then faces Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in a three-game series April 25-26 at a neutral site located in Ellisville, Miss. with the winner advancing to the regional tournament in Clinton, Miss. April 30- May 2.
“I am more worried about the play-in game than I am the regionals,” Lee said. “We have played several of the teams from the regionals and done pretty well. But I don’t know much about the team from Alabama.”
The top two finishers in regionals advance to the Division II College World Series beginning May 14 in Bloomington, Ill.
With every new win, the Lady Bengals continue to surpass the previous record of 22 victories in 2007.
“I am very happy with the season so far,” Lee said. “This team has battled and come back six or seven times in the last inning to win.
“They have competed very hard and I think they are doing real well.”
Sophomore Rhea Person is presently ranked fourth in the country with 18 home runs and No. 18 with 46 RBI.
“Rhea was a surprise this season,” the coach said. “She started hitting the ball so well early on and I couldn’t take her out of the line-up.
“She is playing with a lot of confidence,” Lee commented. “She is strong and has great hand-eye co-oridination. She is very selective and she uses the whole field when she swings.”
Freshman Hayley Sanchez has also been a great comtributor this season for the Lady Bengals as she is ranked fourth nationally with 55 RBI, ranked fifth batting .546, number 11 with 11 home runs and is sixth in the country with a .591 on base perecentage.
“She is the complete package,” the coach said of Sanchez. “She does things with her glove and her bat.”
Other key offensive players this season include Kim St. Amant and Lindsey Babin both ranked in the Top 15 nationally with 12 home runs each.
“I think we are where I want them to be,” the coach said. “We struggled last week as we lost three of four games. But then we go our mo-jo back against Angelina and Lamar.”