Lady Jays stun FRA on Senior Day

By Tom Dodge

It was quite a senior moment.

Before Wednesday’s contest, seven St. Edmund softball players and two managers were honored before their final regular season home game.

Then those seniors helped lead the Lady Jays to a stunning 3-2 win over District 6-1A leader False River Academy.

“It was a good day all the way around,” St. Edmund head coach Louise Johnson said. “It was good to see the seniors get a win on their day and really help the team out. They led us with a lot of confidence.”

False River (15-9-1 overall. 3-1 in district) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Emily Allen reached on a dropped third strike and Randi Rosenberg singled to center for the RBI.

St. Edmund responded to take the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the third sparked when Ashley Miller walked and Leah Andrus reached on an error when FRA first baseman Allison Delatte bobbled the catch.

Senior centerfielder Ashley Lafleur then blasted a triple down the third baseline to score Miller and courtesy runner Brooke Fontenot.

St. Edmund added a crucial run in the bottom of the fifth when Andrus reached on another Lady Gator error and LaFleur ripped a double to move Fontenot into scoring position.

“Ashley is typical of this senior group,” the coach said of LaFleur’s efforts at the plate and in centerfield. “She worked her tail off every day of every year. She went out and wanted to catch the ball and did an outstanding job on offense.”

The Lady Jays moved ahead 3-1 when Lady Gator pitcher Doren Welch was called for an illegal pitch and Fontenot scored on the free pass.

After the Lady Gators scored in the second frame, St. Ed senior pitcher Andrus then retired 17 in a row until Vosburg tripled and scored on a error to close the gap to 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning.

Andrus recorded her fourth strikeout of the game when Beth Mayeaux was caught looking to end the contest.

Andrus allowed two hits with no walks in the complete game win.

LaFleur led the Lady Jay offense with a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI, Doren Welch suffered the loss for FRA as the sophomore hurler allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

“I hope this is the beginning of a good run for us,” Johnson said. “I think this will give them some confidence with a win over a good team with a good pitcher.”

St. Edmund concludes the regular season 1 p.m. Tuesday at Catholic of Pointe Coupee in a battle for second place in the district.

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