Prep softball round up: Lady Storm went 3-0 in Sulphur tourney
SULPHUR, La. — The Delta Charter School Lady Storm ended up going 3-0 at the Sulphur High School Tournament at Pattison Park after winning both of its games Saturday, the first one a lot more dramatic than the second one.
As for the team’s overall performance in the tournament, Lady Storm head coach Jeannie Beach said, “We just had a slow start every game. We had to play from behind in every game. That says a lot about how they never gave up.”
And that was true in the Lady Storm’s match-ups with Oberlin High School and Lake Arthur High School, respectively.
In its first game of the day, Delta Charter blew leads of three runs and two runs before scoring what turned out to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 7-6 win over the Oberlin Lady Tigers Saturday morning.
The game was tied at 1-1 after one inning of play and remained that way until the Lady Storm struck for three runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 4-1 advantage. Oberlin answered with three runs of its own in the top of the fourth inning to make it a 4-4 game.
Delta Charter regained the lead with a two-run rally in the bottom of the fourth to go up 6-4 before the Lady Tigers scored two runs in the top of the fifth for the third tie of the game at 6-6. That was before the Lady Storm prevailed in the bottom of the sixth.
Sydney Watts was the winning pitcher and Skylar Bolyer went 2-for-4 for the Lady Storm. Bolyer was the only multiple hitter for either team and there were no extra-base hits by either team.
The second game resulted in a 9-2 win for Delta Charter over the Lake Arthur Lady Tigers Saturday afternoon, but for three, and perhaps even four innings, it did not look like the Lady Storm was going to put up that many runs.
Lake Arthur scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and the way Miya Breaux was pitching, that 2-0 lead seemed safe. Breaux kept the Lady Storm off the scoreboard in the first three innings and only gave up one run in the top of the fourth.
Then Delta Charter figured her out and that’s when the momentum shifted. The Lady Storm took the lead for good with a two-run rally in the top of the fifth inning and then scored five runs in the top of the sixth for an 8-2 lead. They would add another run in the top of the seventh.
The Lady Storm finished with eight hits and took advantage of six errors that were committed by Lake Arthur.
“All three games were fairly close and we had some good competition,” Beach said.
Jaden Boydstun was the winning pitcher as she held Lake Arthur to just two hits. Sophie Cooper had a big game at the plate for Delta Charter, going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Bolyer had a triple for the Lady Storm.
“I think they’re getting a little more aggressive at the plate. They’re not as nervous as they were at the beginning of the season,” Beach said. “They’re swinging with confidence.”
Delta Charter (6-4) returns to LHSAA District 2-1A play on Tuesday when it plays at Oak Grove High School at 5 p.m.
Vidalia 21, DeQuincy 3
SULPHUR, La. — Sara Cockerham had another solid performance on the mound and Skylar Adams belted two doubles as the Vidalia High School Lady Vikings annihilated the DeQuincy High School Lady Tigers 21-3 in three innings Saturday afternoon at the Sulphur High School Tournament at Pattison Park.
Cockerham allowed three runs, only one earned, on three hits with four strikeouts and just one walk in three innings to earn the win. And she got more than enough run support.
“Sara pitched three really good games this weekend,” Vidalia head coach Forrest Foster said.
Vidalia scored eight runs in the top of the first inning and led DeQuincy 8-1 at the end of the first inning. The Lady Vikings’ bats continued to stay hot as they plated nine runs in the top of the second inning and four runs in the top of the third. Playing for pride, the Lady Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the third.
Picking up where they left off in the game against Vinton, Abby Fielder and Alyssa Cupstid each went 2-for-3. Morgan Dykes had a double for DeQuincy.
“We played real well today. We should’ve gone 3-0 instead of 2-1. But I’ll take 2-1,” Foster said.
Over its two games on Saturday, Vidalia outscored Vinton and DeQuincy by a combined score of 37-4.
“We learned a lot from (Friday) night’s game against Grand Lake,” Foster said, referring to Vidalia’s 10-8 loss in which the Lady Vikings committed eight errors. “We learned that we can come back from adversity. We don’t need to dig ourselves in a hole and dig out of it.”
Vidalia (5-6) plays at Peabody High School on Monday, March 18 at 5 p.m. for a varsity-only tilt.
Vidalia 16, Vinton 1
SULPHUR, La. — It didn’t take long for the Vidalia High School Lady Vikings to get over their tough loss to Grand Lake High School as they took their frustrations out on Vinton High School to the tune of a 16-1 win over the Lady Lions Saturday morning at the Sulphur High School Tournament at Pattison Park.
Sara Cockerham held Vinton to one run on two hits with five strikeouts and two walks in four innings to pick up the win. And she got plenty of run support as well as solid defense.
Vidalia put up two runs in the top of the first inning, but Vinton got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first. However, that would be as close as the Lady Lions would get the rest of the game.
The Lady Vikings essentially put this game away with a seven-run barrage in the top of the second inning for a 9-1 lead. They would tack on three runs in the top of the third inning and finished off the Lady Lions with four runs in the top of the fourth.
Shelbi Cross led Vidalia’s 12-hit attack by going 3-for-4 and Alyssa Cupstid was 2-for-3 with a double. Abby Fielder had a double and Cayley Weatherly was 2-for-4. The Lady Vikings did not commit a single error in this game.
Delta Charter 12, Oakdale 11 (Fri. night; 8 innings)
SULPHUR, La. — The Delta Charter School Lady Storm overcame rough weather and a big comeback by Oakdale High School to defeat the Lady Warriors 12-11 Friday night at the Sulphur High School Tournament at Pattison Park.
“We had a hailstorm in the middle of the game. And there were two lightning delays,” Delta Charter head coach Jeannie Beach said.
Oakdale scored two runs in the top of the second inning to grab the early lead, but the Lady Storm responded with a seven-run rally in the bottom of the second. The Lady Warriors were down 7-3 after three innings of play before putting together a five-run rally in the top of the fifth inning for an 8-7 lead.
Delta Charter scored one run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 8-8 and the game would eventually go to extra innings. Or in this case, just one more inning.
The Lady Warriors looked like they were on their way to victory after scoring three runs in the top of the eight inning, but the Lady Storm would have none of it as they scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth.
The Lady Storm out-hit the Lady Warriors six to two, but Oakdale was aided by several walks and six Delta Charter errors. In turn, the Lady Warriors did commit five errors of their own.
Winning pitcher Sydney Watts had a double while Sophie Cooper had a triple and McKenzie Watts had a double.