SCOTT — Acadiana’s Sydni Larriviere had already given up two home runs to Comeaux’s Sarah Pitre on Tuesday when she walked up to the plate in the top of the seventh representing the tying run.
“I have played with a lot of these girls before,” Larriviere said. “She hit some good pitches earlier in the game, but I think you just have to get balls off the plate when you face a heavy hitter. I was trying to get them off the plate to make her reach, and that’s what she did.”
Pitre reached at the 3-1 pitch and dribbled it back to Larriviere for the last out to give the Rams a 7-6 District 3-5A win.
Acadiana coach Kevin Smith said the two-run game was what he expected.
“I told the kids that we could look at records and look at whatever we want to look at,” Smith said, “but it’s going to be a one- or two-run game whenever we play, and it held true.
“We had to be a little more patient (Tuesday) because our girls are aggressive, and we get after it, but we finally settled into a groove and we put it into play. We had some timely hits, and that is exactly what we needed.”
Larriviere went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, but Smith said he was impressed with her performance in the circle, pitching seven innings and striking out five.
“Sydni threw the pitches that I called, and the few times with the home runs, they just got to good pitches,” Smith said. “She’s a sophomore in that circle and to have that performance in there, when they hit a home run, you just tip your hat to them.”
Larriviere said her approach at the plate is simple: She doesn’t think.
“I don’t think; I see a pitch and hit it,” she said. Working with all these hitting coaches over the years has taught me to focus on the one pitch I want and unload when I swing.”
Smith said the win against Comeaux will not only have district implications but playoff implications.
“Comeaux has 12 wins on the season, and this win will help us big time in the power rankings,” Smith said. “With the playoffs like they are, power rankings mean everything. This is a huge district win.”