Lady Panthers title bid comes up short
By: LANCE REED
The Pine Prairie Lady Panthers’ season came to an end in the Class 2A semi-finals Saturday morning. They struggled to score runs against the Pope John Paul Lady Jaguars. The 7-2 defeat came with the Lady Panthers making a few costly and uncharacteristic errors.
The Lady Jags picked up a run in the top of the first inning and then took advantage of an error and three hits to score three more runs in the top of the second inning. At this point in the contest, the Lady Panthers had still not collected a hit.
Pope John Paul increased their lead in the top of the fourth frame. A solo home run boosted the lead of PJP to 5-0.
The local girls tried to scratch into the lead of the Lady Jags in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sophomore third baseman Katie Reed singled with one out and Leslie Aucoin came into the game to run for her. Aucoin used her speed to gallop around the horn and score on a double that was ripped by Courtney Townsend.
The Lady Jaguars answered back in big-time fashion during the seventh inning. Andrea Collins, who hit the first home run, came to the plate and slammed her second homer of the ball game. This one was a two-run shot and made it a 7-1 ball game.
Pine Prairie did their best to respond in the bottom of the final inning. Ashley Marcantel and Billie Manuel each walked to begin the inning. A single from Courtney Townsend brought Marcantel around the diamond to score. Unfortunately, the Lady Panthers would be retired without tying up the game.
The Lady Panthers finished the season with a great year. Their overall record was 28-7 and they won District 6-2A. The girls have a lot to proud of as well as their coaches.
The Lady Panthers will return a lot of their starting line-up in 2009. However, losing four key seniors will be tough on Coach Carolyn Deville and her staff.