Oberlin rallies in sixth inning to beat Delta Charter in LHSAA Class 1A Regional Round

Published 11:28 am Friday, April 22, 2022

OBERLIN, La. — Jaden Boydstun threw five outstanding innings for No. 10 seed Delta Charter School last Thursday afternoon against a good No. 7 seed Oberlin High School team in the Regional Round of the LHSAA Class 1A State Playoffs.

But after holding Oblerin to just one run over those first five innings, Boydstun had trouble finding the strike zone and that allowed the Lady Tigers to put up a six-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 7-3 win over the Delta Charter Lady Storm.

Boydstun pitched all six innings for Delta Charter, allowing seven runs on just five hits, struck out 11 batters, walked two and hit two batters. Unfortunately, those two walks and two hit batter came in the bottom of the sixth.

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“They (Oberlin) got their hits with a couple of walks mixed in,” Lady Storm head coach Jeannie Crnkovic said. “The girls played hard, even in the seventh. We put the ball in play, but we couldn’t score.”

The Lady Tigers’ game-changing rally in the bottom of the sixth wasn’t the only factor in the outcome of this win-or-go-home playoff game. So was the big difference in the amount of runners left on base by each team.

“We left 11 people on base. They left four people on base. We out-hit them, made fewer errors, and the strikeouts were about the same. That was the difference in the game right there. So there you go,” Crnkovic said.

The game was scoreless after three innings of play thanks to what was for most of the game a pitchers’ duel between Boydstun and Oberlin’s Emma Johnson. Then the Lady Storm struck for three runs off Emma Johnson in the top of the fourth inning.

And even after the Lady Tigers responded with one run off Boydstun in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 3-1 game, it looked like that lead was going to hold. That was until the bottom of the sixth inning happened.

Delta Charter had nine base hits while Oberlin had just five hits. The Lady Storm committed just one error while the Lady Tigers committed two errors. Boydstun’s 11 strikeouts were countered by Emma Johnson’s 10 strikeouts and just one walk.

“Having only error was huge for us. They put the ball in play, so we had to get them out,” Crnkovic said.

Sophie Cooper went 3-for-4 with a double while Sydney Burns and Kayven Atwood each went 2-for-3 and Ally Atwood was 2-for-4 to account for all of the Lady Storm’s base hits. C. Johnson had a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth for the Lady Tigers.

Delta Charter finished its season with an overall record of 8-17.