Solid offense leads Lady Wolves to bi-district win
SENIORS HONORED - During their last home softball game, senior members of the Rayne High 2013-2014 softball team were honored. Seniors hoored were Katelyn LeDoux (left) joined by her parents, David and Deliah LeDoux, and Christen Gaspard (right) joined by her mother, Kami Rivet. (Acadian-Tribune Photo by Lisa Soileaux)
By LIsa Soileaux
The No. 22-ranked Rayne High Lady Wolves traveled to the New Orleans area Tuesday afternoon where they claimed a 10-6 bi-district win over No. 11 Academy of Our Lady High School of Marrero in the first round of the state softball playoffs.
The Lady Wolves will host Lutcher Saturday during their regional round game set to begin at 4 p.m. at Gossen Park.
What began with a four-run first inning for the Lady Wolves, constistant hits throughout the game and solid defense led to a 10-6 win over Academy and a closer look at the state tournament.
“They played as a team and had each other back from the first pitch to the last,” stated first-year Rayne head coach Natalie Travasus.
“Our hitting was great, producing timely hits when we needed them, resulting in scores,” Travasus continued about the first-round win.
With back-to-back doubles by Cecily Schexnyder and Kristin Gaspard in the very first inning to bring in Katelyn LeDoux and Whitney Fontenot, along with a two-run homerun blast by Blair Bergeron in the third, the Lady Wolves collected eight RBI’s and 12 hits for a very productive day on the diamond.
Schexnyder slapped in another double in the sixth inning, scoring Beoit and Gaspard for three more runs for the 10-6 final.
Rayne hurler Kelcie Bourgeois three seven innings for the win fanning 10 batters while giving up seven hits and six walks.
Also adding hits for the win were Lady Wolves Katelyn LeDoux, Katie Benoit, Kelcie Bourgeois and McKenzie Meche.
“We will take it one game at the time and see what happens,” stated Travasus of Saturday’s regional round contest. “I think the home crowd will surely make a difference and help our confidence.”
The Rayne Wolves traveled to Beau Chene Tuesday where they tried to wrap up a district title, but the Gators had other things in mind as they handed Rayne a 8-5 loss.
With a win Thursday at Opelousas and a Eunice win on their end, the Wolves and Bobcats will finish in a two-way tie for the district crown as they await for post season.