SULPHUR — Fourth-seeded Kaplan used a big offensive game to upset top-seeded Parkview Baptist 8-2 in the Class 3A semifinals for the second consecutive season.
The Lady Pirates advanced to play Lutcher in the Class 3A championship game late Saturday. Kaplan fell to John Curtis 4-3 in last year’s title game.
“We have been working all year for this and looking for a little revenge coming back. This time we are going to finish it off,” Kaplan coach Shay Herpin said.
Parkview scored first with a pair of runs in the second inning. The runs came on a two-run single by Hannah Fontenot that scored Savannah Adams and Lexie Dautel.
The Pirates offense came alive in the third inning. Alexa Lege hit a three-run home run to give the Lady Pirates a 3-2 lead. Kaplan picked up a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Dawn Burton that scored Kenzie Gaspard.
“Alexa (Lege) missed a fly ball the previous inning, and she took it out on the ball the next at-bat,” said Herpin. “I think we played a great all-around game. Everybody got in it for us as it was like a feeding frenzy after we starting hitting. “It kept going and going. We needed the run support as I know Parkview is a good team that I respect. I knew we needed six or seven (runs), and we would be OK, but we got eight.”
Kaplan’s offense continued to roll in the fifth inning as 10 batters batted. Kaplan started with three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs. A two-RBI single by Shelbee Leger scored Lege and Abby Trahan for a 6-2 lead. A single by Toiya Riggs scored Olivia Trahan on the next at-bat to increase the lead to 7-2.
The final score came on a bases-loaded walk that scored Toiya Riggs. The four-run fifth inning gave Kaplan an 8-2 lead.
The Eagles had a chance to rally in the fifth inning as they loaded the bases to start the inning. The Pirates held the Eagles to no runs after a double play and a fly out ended the inning. The Lady Eagles again threatened to score in sixth with a couple of hits but failed to score.
Lege led Kaplan at the plate, going 3-for-4. She missed hitting for the cycle by a triple. Abby Trahan picked up the win in the circle. She finished with five strikeouts.
“Abby is so poised as nothing affects her,” said Herpin. “She hit her spots and moved it around. When she faces adversity, she comes back even harder.”