Lady Wolves fall in semis, Lady Pios win state
SULPHUR - Rayne’s run to a Class AAA title game came to a disappointing end Saturday afternoon.
Parkview’s Rachael Hugghins delivered a two-out RBI single in the sixth inning, lifting the Lady Eagles to a 1-0 Class AAA semifinal victory over the Lady Wolves.
Parkview, Class AAA’s state runnersup for the last two years, advanced to the finals where they took on Notre Dame late Saturday night.
Rayne’s struggled to get anything going offensively off PBS hurler Brooklyn Gulliot. The junior pitcher scattered three hits through seven innings, allowing just one RHS runner to reach second base.
Alex Peltier singled to center in the first inning but she was left stranded after a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout.
Mariel Meche had a two-out single in the third inning and Tori Motte singled in the sixth.
Meche suffered the hardluck loss, giving up one run on eight hits and no walks. She struck out four.
Jacee Blades paced Parkview with three hits.
In their quarterfinal victory, the Lady Wolves took advantage of four Albany errors to score five unearned runs in a 7-5 quarterfinal victory over the No. 2 seeded Lady Hornets Friday.
Albany committed two errors in the fifth inning that led to three runs. They also had a pair of miscues in the sixth that led to four runs, two unearned.
Rayne led 7-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning before Albany scored five runs on five hits and two errors. The Lady Hornets had runners at second and third with two outs before a ground out back to the mound ended the contest.
Mariel Meche got the victory for the Lady Wolves, surrendering five runs on six hits and one walk. She struck out seven.
Albany’s Hanna Gill was tagged with the loss. She gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out 13.
Kelsey Hollier led the Lady Wolves with a 2-for-4 performance that included a double and a triple. Freshman Ariel Meche had a triple and Kaitlin Thibodeaux had a single.
Michaela Balfantz had two hits for Albany while Gill had a single and two RBI.
After getting burned twice in the same inning, and a state championship hanging in the balance, Lauren Delahoussaye tried to play it cool.
Notre Dame’s first-year head coach had just watched two of her runners get thrown out on the bases in the seventh inning of the Lady Pios’ Class AAA title game Saturday against Parkview Baptist, and, with the score tied at 11, she was determined not to let that happen again.
So when Heidi Bellard came speeding toward third on Alex Boulet’s two-out single to left, Delahoussaye decided that being aggressive one more time might not be the wisest choice and she threw up the stop sign.
There was only one problem, though: Bellard didn’t stop.
Instead, she blew right past Delahoussaye and headed for the plate, stopping momentarily before continuing toward home, where she slid past the tag of Parkview catcher Victoria Hugghins to give the Lady Pios a wild 12-11 victory and, with it, the Class AAA state softball championship.
Bellard’s split second decision would not have been possible if not for Boulet delivering in the clutch.
The late heroics weren’t the only highlights of the title game for Notre Dame.
The Lady Pios trailed four times in the game and found themselves down 11-7 with two outs in the sixth inning.
Parkview took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Brooklyn Guilliot walked and courtesy runner Ashley Guidry scored when Hugghins was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Lady Pios answered back in the bottom of the frame when Boulet reached on a leadoff error and scored on Taylor Boulet’s single to left center field.
Parkview came right back in the second inning, scoring three more runs to take a 4-1 advantage.
Again, Notre Dame responded.
The Lady Pios scored six runs in the bottom of the inning on five hits, including Alex Boulet’s two-run triple. Taylor Boulet had a two-run double and Taylor Simon singled in a run as well in the inning to give Notre Dame a 7-4 cushion.
Parkview reclaimed the lead an inning later, rallying for six runs with two outs to take a 10-7 advantage. Guilliot drove in two runs with a single and Huggins followed with a three-run home run.
The Lady Eagles added a run in the sixth to go up 11-7 and things looked bleak for the Lady Pios.
But with two outs in bottom of the inning, the game turned.
Alex Boulet and Simon triggered a dramatic rally with back-to-back RBI singles and Hannah Godeaux followed with a clutch double to left center field and suddenly, the game was tied at 11-11.
Notre Dame touched up Parkview pitchers Brooklyn Guilliot and Rachael Hugghins for 15 hits on the night, including four doubles and one triple. Guilliot started the game for the Lady Eagles, but she left the mound in the second inning.
Taylor Boulet and Charlotte Brown paced the Lady Pios with three hits each. Boulet also had a double and three RBI.
Alex Boulet followed with two hits, including a triple and three RBI. Simon singled, doubled and drove in two runs; Caroline Stewart had two hits, including a double; Godeaux doubled and drove in two runs while Bellard and Katherine Kirsch each had one hit.
The Notre Dame Pios Baseball Team advanced to the next round of the state playoffs Tuesday evening with a 10-0 shutout of Albany in the regional round of play.
With the win, the Pios will host Catholic High of New Iberia Saturday during quarterfinal action.
Austin Robichaux collected the win on the mound for the Pios, throwing 51 pitches including eight strikeouts, three hits and one walk.
Leading the Notre Dame offense were Luke Bougeois 3-for-4, 2 RBI; Ryan Leonards 1-for-3, 1 run; Payton McBride 1-for-2, 1 run; Ricky Stoma 1-for-2, 2 runs; and Robichaux, 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 run.