Ouachita Christian ends VC softball season

SULPHUR - The Vermilion Catholic softball season came to an end earlier then they had hoped Friday. They lost in the quarter-final round of the state softball tournament in Sulphur.

VC, who was a 12 seed, lost to Ouachita Christian, a four seed, lost 4-0.

VC was coming off of an emotional win over Catholic High of Pointe Coupee to reach Sulphur.

They had to make the trip to Pointe Coupee two days in a row in order to complete the game because of rain. VC was able to pull off the upset win in that round to make it their third appearance in school history to the state tournament.

“I thought the last round was such an emotional game,” said VC coach Kim Guidry on the game that brought her team to Sulphur. “We went to Pointe Coupee two days in a row. We played one of the best games we’ve played all year.”

Things wouldn’t go their way in Sulphur.

Ouachita picked up the first run of the game in the top half of the first inning on one walk and two hits. VC pitcher Janie Trahan pitched her way out of a jam, leaving Ouachita Christian with three runners stranded on base to get out of the inning with little damage done.

Ouachita was able to pick up two more runs in the second inning on one error and two hits to extend their lead to 3-0.

“We played great for five innings,” said Guidry. “Two innings just got away from us. When they went ahead by three runs it kind of broke our back.”

Meanwhile, VC struggled all day at the plate.

Charmickia Levine picked up the first of two VC hits in the bottom half of the second inning.

The VC defense settled in nicely for the remaining three innings, only giving up three hits and allowing no runs.

VC threatened in the bottom half of the fifth inning when Hailey Vincent reached with a lead off walk. Hannah Theriot singled with two outs to put runners at first and second base. They were not able to capitalize, however, striking out on the next at bat.

Ouachita picked up its final run of the game in the sixth inning on two hits and one walk. That run gave Ouachita Christian a 4-0 lead. That is the way the game would end.

“I told them no matter what happened today to consider yourself a winner,” said Guidry. “There have only been two other teams in the history of the school to make it to the state tournament. One of our goals was to get here, and we did.”

Vermilion Catholic may not have to wait long before making it back to Sulphur. They will only graduate two starters.

“We only have two starting seniors,” explained Guidry. “Everybody else will be back. We are very young.”

The loss ended VC’s season and the hopes of a state title. They finished the year with a record of 17-10.

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