Centreville shuts out Oak Forest

Published 11:50 pm Monday, September 3, 2007

AMITE, La. — About 36 hours after winning the Co-Lin Classic in Monticello, the Centreville Lady Tigers were back on the road, this time in MPSA District 5-AA action against Oak Forest.

And just like she did in the final three games of the Co-Lin Classic, Emily Gaulden pitched a gem holding the Lady Yellow Jackets to just one hit as the Lady Tigers took a 1-0 win in nine innings Monday afternoon.

This game started on Monday, Aug. 27, but the two teams managed to play just a half of an inning before inclement weather forced the game to be postponed until Monday.

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“They were tired, but you’ve got to play through it,” Centreville head coach Mark Mann said. “We can’t control the weather. It was hot Saturday. We started early and didn’t finish until late. We had a little batting practice Sunday, but I figured they would be a little more ready.”

The game went to the international tiebreaker rule. In the top of the ninth inning, Erin Gaulden started on second base and was sacrificed over to third by Emily Gaulden. Then with two outs, Katie Berry singled down the right field line to bring in Erin Gaulden. Emily Gaulden then kept the Lady Yellow Jackets off the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win for Centreville, which improved to 17-6 overall and 4-1 in district play.

Centreville rallies to win Co-Lin Classic

MONTICELLO — After losing to Columbia Academy 3-1 in six innings in their first game, the Lady Tigers rolled up four straight wins last Saturday, including a 3-1 win over the Parklane Lady Pioneers in the championship game.

“Anytime you win a tournament like that it’s big. It says a lot about your program,” Mann said. “It was pitching duel in the first game. We had opportunities in the last inning and the first two tiebreaker innings, but we couldn’t get it done.”

But the Lady Tigers got it done in the title game as Emily Gaulden gave up just two hits in five innings and went 2-for-2 at the plate. Erin Gaulden was 2-for-3 with a double and Emily Vine had a double.

Centreville almost didn’t advance to the championship game against Parklane. In the fourth game of the day, Bowling Green got a two-run home run from Jenkins in the top of the fifth inning to give the Lady Buccaneers a 3-2 lead.

But after Sapia walked Sherrie Daniel and Erin Gaulden, Emily Gaulden delivered in the clutch with a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth to send the Lady Tigers to the title game.

The Co-Lin Classic was originally scheduled to take place at the Brookhaven Sports Complex, but too much rain during the latter part of the week forced the tournament to be moved to the Lawrence County Complex in Monticello.

In the second game, Centreville rallied to defeat Oak Forest 4-2 behind a brilliant pitching performance by Sherrie Daniel and a three-hit outing by Amber Brown.

“Sherrie stepped in and pitched a good game for us against Oak Forest,” Mann said. “She hasn’t pitched in a week and a half, two weeks. She had a little knee injury in the Silliman Tournament, but it wasn’t bothering her.”

In the third game, Centreville’s bats finally woke up as the Lady Tigers had eight hits in a 12-0 win over the Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars in just three innings. Centreville scored six runs in the bottom of the first and second innings. Vine went 2-for-2 and Brown was 2-for-4.