KAPLAN — A grudge match between the two stalwarts of District 6-3A softball ended with a 5-2 road victory for North Vermilion over Kaplan on Thursday afternoon.
North Vermilion (21-3,7-1) hopped out to an early 2-0 lead and held off surging Kaplan (15-3, 7-1) to avenge a home loss to the Lady Pirates on March 25 and to move into a tie at the top of the district standings.
Late timely hits and the pitching of North Vermilion ace and LSU-Eunice signee Hannah Vidallier helped snap Kaplan’s 12-game winning streak.
“It feels pretty good,” Vidallier said with a chuckle. “I think after they beat us the last time, it lit a fire under us, and we really knew we had to come back and have everything together to win.”
Kaplan received a boost in the power rankings after defeating North Vermilion last week as the Lady Pirates moved up to No. 1 in Class 3A. North Vermilion entered at No. 5 and was coming off of a 11-2 loss at John Curtis on Tuesday.
“We weren’t really thinking about this as a revenge win,” North Vermilion coach Joy LeBlanc said. “We’re just trying to play our game and get all of our elements where they need to be defensively and offensively. Each game we’re trying to get better. It was good for us to come out here and play solid defense, hit well and pitch well.”
North Vermilion catcher Demi Boudreaux started things off with two RBIs in the first two innings to give her team a 2-0 advantage.
Both pitchers got things rolling, and the next runs were scored in the top of the fifth on a triple by North Vermilion shortstop Adele Vincent.
Kaplan did not take long to respond. Lindsey Schexnailder blasted a two-out double off of the centerfield wall, which drove in two runs to cut Kaplan’s deficit to 3-2.
Vidallier was able to get her squad out of the jam and in the top of the seventh, she was benefited with more run support.
Vincent earned her second RBI of the game with a single and two batters later, first baseman Claire Meyers hit a bloop single just over Kaplan’s third baseman to score another run and give North Vermilion the 5-2 advantage.
“I think we executed better than we did the last time,” LeBlanc said. “Kaplan is a really good team, and you can’t give them anything. I think mentally it was good for the team coming off of a loss like we had and to come out here and play well. Not just win, but we played well and didn’t get down on ourselves mentally and physically. We just wanted to come out here and have a good feeling about what we put out there today.”
Kaplan returns to action at home Tuesday against Abbeville and North Vermilion will travel to Crowley to face Notre Dame Tuesday.