Lady Wolves fall short in 14-inning marathon
By Lisa Soileaux
RAYNE - In a game with two teams that could not have been more evenly matched, the under-ranked Lady Wolves (21) fell to No. 5-ranked Jena Friday during a 14-inning, three-hour marathon played at Gossen Park, keeping the Lady Wolves one game shy of the state softball tournament to be held this week in Sulphur.
“I can’t say enough about our girls,” stated Rayne Head Coach Deserea Dunn on Friday’s heartbreaking regional round loss. “They left it all on the field, and that’s all your can ask of your team.”
With the game tied at 1-all, Jena moved ahead 2-1 in the top of the 11th inning with a homerun over the centerfield wall.
But, the Lady Wolves made a movement of their own with a score to tie things up at 2-all. Kaitlyn LeDoux led off with a single and later crossed the plate on an RBI single up the middle by Amanda Bourque.
Later on in the 14th and last inning of the ballgame, the Jena bats scored two runs on a single, triple and line drive for 4-2 lead and eventual regional round loss for the Lady Wolves.
“Like I said before,” commented Dunn on the loss, “I can’t say enough about how hard our girls played today. We just had fewer breaks when it came to the scoreboard. I’m proud of them and couldn’t ask for more.”
Rayne hurler Kelcie Bourgeois recorded 10 strikeouts during the long contest while allowing 13 hits, concentrated mainly in the final innings.
Leading the sporative Rayne offense were Katelyn LeDoux (3 hits, 1 run), Amanda Bourque (1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 sac), Katie Benoit, 2 hits, double, sac, run), Cecily Schexnyder (2 hits, double), Alex Peltier (sac), and one hit apiece by Whitney Fontenot and McKenzie Meche.
Rayne defeated No. 12 North DeSoto in the bi-district round of the playoffs, earning a home date Friday when they hosted Jena.