Prep softball roundup: Monterey softball advances
MONTEREY — Paige Bryan allowed one run on six hits and struck out five in a complete-game performance as the Monterey Lady Wolves defeated the Choudrant Lady Aggies 7-1 Friday afternoon in the regional round of the LHSAA Class B Playoffs.
Choudrant scored its only run of the game off Bryan in the top of the first inning. And it looked like the 1-0 score would stand the way Lady Aggies pitcher Shaye Stephenson was pitching in her duel with Bryan.
The Lady Aggies committed a couple of costly errors and Monterey took advantage. The key hits for the Lady Wolves were a two-run triple by Jody Duncan and a two-run double courtesy of Bailey Book.
All seven of Monterey’s runs occurred in the home half of the fifth. Stephenson ended up allowing five earned runs on eight hits and one walk with one strikeout over six innings.
Karlee Woodruff was the only multiple hitter for the Lady Wolves as she went 2-for-3 with a double. Ventry McDonald also had a double. For Choudant, Jannon Colvin was 2-for-3 with a double and Laura White had a double.
With the win, District 6-B champion and No. 6 seed Monterey (15-7) advanced to the quarterfinals of the LHSAA Class B State Tournament, which will take place at Frasch Park in Sulphur, La., and will take on No. 3 seed Castor Friday at 4 p.m. at Field No. 20.
Cathedral 7, Noxapater 3
NOXAPATER — Elizabeth Smith scattered six hits and Cathedral took advantage of untimely walks and errors by Noxapater in the Lady Green Wave’s 7-3 win over the Lady Tigers Friday afternoon to take a 2-0 series win in the play-in round of the MHSAA Class 1A South State Playoffs.
Smith went the distance and allowed three runs, two earned, struck out four, walked two and hit three batters. Noxapater tried to rally in the middle of the game after being down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. The Lady Tigers scored one run in the home half of the fourth and again in the home half of the fifth to make it a 4-3 game.
Cathedral scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning that broke a 1-1 tie courtesy of two hits and four walks by Lady Tigers pitcher Anna Claire Webb. With one out, she walked Upton. Then Smith singled and Upton went all the way to third base. Smith went to second on a wild pitch and Rentfro entered as a courtesy runner for Smith. Tori Edwards was walked to load the bases.
Grayson Bryant singled to score Upton, Rasco was walked to bring in Rentfro, and Kaiser was walked to score Edwards. Graning went 2-for-4 at the plate.
St. John 8, Block 4
JONESVILLE — Despite giving up 10 hits and walking three batters, Kyndal Guillory got the key outs when she needed them as the No. 10-seeded St. John Lady Eagles defeated the seventh-seeded Block Lady Bears 8-4 Friday afternoon in the regional round of the LHSAA Class 1A Playoffs.
After allowing three runs in the bottom of the second inning that gave Block a 3-1 lead, Guillory atoned for that by giving St. John the lead for good with a three-run home run in the top of the third inning. The Lady Eagles added four more runs in the top of the fifth.
Shauneisha Crumpton hit a solo home run off Guillory in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Lady Bears saw their season come to a disappointing end. Emma Barker, Nikki Harbor and Lexi Hatten all went 2-for-3 and Hughes was 2-for-4.
Shelbi Strickland went 2-for-3 and Brooklyn Pearce was 2-for-4 for St. John, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 1A State Tournament.
Block, the District 3-1A champion, finished with an overall record of 16-9.