Monterey advances to quarterfinals with 8-4 win

Published 12:21 am Friday, April 22, 2011

MONTEREY — Ellen Bairnsfather pitched seven solid innings and Monterey had several players step up at the plate as the fifth-seeded Lady Wolves defeated the 12th-seeded Zwolle Lady Hawks 8-4 Thursday afternoon in an LHSAA Class B regional round game.

Bairnsfather allowed four runs on six hits, struck out five and walked just two to pick up the victory. And the defense behind her had just one error and came through for her when she needed it.

“The girls just all did a great job. Ellen did a great job pitching. I had some other girls who made some good catches,” Monterey head coach Hazel Brallier said.

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Monterey scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and one run each in the second and third innings to go ahead 4-0. After Zwolle cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Wolves answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth for a 7-2 advantage.

The Lady Hawks scored two runs in the top of the fifth to make it a 7-4 game, but it would not be nearly enough. The Lady Wolves put the finishing touches on their win by scoring once in the bottom of the sixth.

Karlee Woodruff was Monterey’s leading hitter, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs batted in while both Logan Dale and Kennedy Poole contributed with one RBI.

“I had some people that hadn’t been hitting step up and that was Logan Dale. Kennedy Poole and Sarah Sims did a great job of hitting in this game,” Brallier said.

With the win Monterey (22-5) advance to the quarterfinals of the Class B Playoffs, which will take place Friday, April 29 at Sulphur, La. The Lady Wolves will take on the winner of the Grand Lake/Pitkin game in the second quarterfinal game of the day with a time to be determined.

Block 7, South Plaquemines 2

PORT SULPHUR, La. — A long road trip to take on a highly-seeded team in the playoffs more often than not spells the end of the season for the team having to travel hundreds of miles.

However, that was not the case Thursday afternoon for the 11th-seeded Block Lady Bears as they traveled to a town 50 miles south of New Orleans and upset the sixth-seeded South Plaquemines Lady Hurricanes in the regional round of the Class 1A Playoffs.

Kayla Smith was the winning pitcher for Block.

“They just played good defense and had some good timely hits,” Lady Bears head coach Robert Swayze said. “Stole some bases. Had some good bunting and moved them around. A good team effort.”

Block (18-9) will take on the winner of the Hanson Memorial/Ouachita Christian game in the Class B quarterfinals on Friday, April 29 at Sulphur, La., with a time to be determined. The Lady Bears will play the third quarterfinal game of the day.