Prep Roundup: Monterey falls in semis
SULPHUR, La. — The amazing run put forth by Monterey High School’s varsity softball team ended early Saturday afternoon as the No. 6 seed Lady Wolves lost to the No. 2 seed Quitman High School Lady Wolverines 6-5 in the semifinal round of the LHSAA Class B State Softball Tournament at Frasch Park.
Quitman scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning, which was highlighted by a two-run triple from Hunter Guyotte, that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead.
After the Lady Wolves scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning, Lyndsey Hayes put the clamps on them in the final three innings to preserve the win and a spot in the finals later in the day.
“It was a close game. I could have gone either way,” Monterey head coach Kayla Shirley said. “We made a few errors that hurt us. It was close all the way through.”
The Lady Wolverines jumped out to an early lead thanks to two runs in the bottom of the first inning. But the Lady Wolves responded with a three-run rally in the top of the third inning, which included an RBI triple by Ashley Wilson and an RBI double by Paige Bryan.
Even though Quitman finished with 12 hits to nine for Monterey, Shirley said that the Lady Wolverines were not the best-hitting team the Lady Wolves faced this season.
“They hit (the ball) a little better than we did. We didn’t get our runners off base when we needed to,” Shirley said.
Bryan went all six innings for Monterey and allowed six runs, four earned, on 12 hits and two walks with two strikeouts and she went 3-for-4 with the RBI double. Hayes gave up five runs, three earned, on nine hits and two walks and she struck out nine batters.
Guyotte ended up going 2-for-4, as did Shauna Knighten and Shauna Petersen while Krysten Johnston was 2-for-3 for Quitman. Jody Duncan went 2-for-4 for Monterey.
After the game, Shirleysaid that the Lady Wolves had a lot to be proud of for what was an historic season for their fast-pitch softball program.
“They did something that no other Monterey (softball) team had ever done to this point and that’s reach the semifinals. We’re going to miss our four seniors — Paige, shortstop Karlee Woodruf, second baseman Ashley Wilson and left fielder Baler Smith. We were proud of the way they played, and they gave everything they had.”
Monterey, the champions of District 6-B, finished its season with an overall record of 16-8.
Choctaw Central 7,
Franklin County 1
MEADVILLE — The Franklin County Lady Bulldogs had their season come to an end Saturday afternoon as they lost to Choctaw Central 7-1, giving the Lady Warriors a sweep of this best-of-three MHSAA Class 3A South State Playoffs semifinal-round series.
Choctaw Central scored two runs in the top of the second inning and then added five runs in the top of the third inning to put the game away. Franklin County avoided being shut by the Lady Warriors with one run in the bottom of the seventh.
Emilee Wallace got the start on the mound for the Lady Bulldogs and lasted just three innings. She allowed seven runs, only two earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Harley McKay pitched the final four innings and did not give up anything, and she struck out four batters.
Despite playing on its home field, Franklin County’s bats were silenced by Choctaw Central’s pitcher with the Lady Bulldogs being held to just three hits. The defense for the Lady Bulldogs didn’t show up in the early innings of the game as they committed five errors.
Franklin County, the Division 7-3A champion, finished with a 14-9 overall record.
Cathedral 1, Stringer 3
STRINGER — The Cathedral Green Wave fell to Stringer 3-1 in the first game of a South State semifinals double-header Saturday night.
Because Cathedral lost, the series was tied 1-1, so the Green Wave were forced to turn around and play a double-header to advance.
The Green Wave were limited to just four hits in the first contest, but Cathedral’s Elizabeth Smith kept the Green Wave in the game, only giving up three runs in six innings pitched.
Mackenzie Watts had the only extra base hit of the ballgame for the Green Wave with a double.
Cathedral 3, Stringer 8
The floodgates opened in the ensuing contest between the Green Wave and Red Devils.
Cathedral allowed one run in the bottom of the second inning, and after giving up a 3-run inning and 4-run inning to Stringer, The Green Wave found themselves down 8-0 in the top of the fifth inning.
Cathedral scored three runs but eventually lost and was eliminated.