Pine Prairie and South Beauregard: Part III
By: LANCE REED
Its the third time in four years they meet up in the playoffs. Since the Pine Prairie Lady Panthers have come in Class 2A, it seems as though they just can’t get away from the South Beauregard Lady Knights.
The two teams know what to expect from each other. Pine Prairie will play great defense and get timely hits. South Beauregard will find ways to hang around the game and then cash in on an opportunity.
The Lady Knights come into tomorrow’s quarter-final match-up with a 19-12 record. Now don’t let the 12 losses fool you, the Lady K’s have played some tough teams. Sulphur, Riverside, St. Louis, St. Charles and Sam Houston are teams that are tops in their respective classes. They traditionally slap the ball around and try to force a team to make errors. Don’t expect tomorrow to be any different.
The Lady Panthers (25-6) have played an equally tough schedule. Benton, Beau Chene, Grand Lake and Ascension Catholic are all in the upper echelons of their respective classes.
The Lady Panthers and the Lady K’s met earlier this season. Pine Prairie took a 4-0 victory in that contest. However, this is different. The winner of tomorrow’s 4 p.m. game gets to move on and play Saturday. The loser calls it a season and does not get a second chance. The winner will then face the winner out of Rosepine and Pope John Paul Saturday at 11 a.m.
The two teams met in 2005 in the Class 2A State Championship game. Pine Prairie won that game 5-2. Two years later, the Lady K’s had to come to Pine Prairie to meet the Lady Panthers. The 2007 meeting went the way South Beauregard Head Coach Jack Deason wanted it to. A 1-0 victory gave his team the upset victory.
The Lady Panthers revolve around their talented defense and their talented ace pitcher. The defense itself is led by senior shortstop Alex Deville and senior catcher Kayla Johnson. The two anchor a squad loaded with sophomores and juniors. Both were part of the state championship team in 2005, and both want the chance to earn a second ring.
Senior hurler Chelsey Fontenot averages seven strikeouts a game and allows less than three hits a game. Those are amazing stats when you consider the teams the Lady Panthers have played this year. Fontenot, a three-year starter, knows pressure and should have no problem this weekend.
The PPHS offense has been getting better and better with each game. With so many young sticks in the line-up, the PPHS girls are really exceeding their expectations. They have earned the third seed in Class 2A, won their district and now have their sights on the biggest prize of them all. With the big dance beginning tomorrow, the Lady Panthers are looking to leave it all on the field.
Pine Prairie battles South Beauregard tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Sulphur at Frash Park.