PINEVILLE — For 41/2 innings, Game 2 of the LHSCA/LSCA All-Star softball doubleheader was mostly about pitching and defense.
Then the offensive avalanche came.
The teams scored 18 runs during the final 21/2 innings as the East defeated the West 10-8 on Saturday at Louisiana College.
East MVP Kourtney Gremillion of St. Amant and West MVP Rae’Shaun Malancon of Ascension Catholic were the major power brokers as the East prevented a sweep with the win. The West won the first game played Friday night 4-1.
Gremillion extended the East lead to 6-2 lead with a three-run home run in the top of the sixth. St. Thomas More’s Bailey Hemphill launched a two-run homer and Malancon followed with a three-run shot that gave the West a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
But Gremillion had the parting shot. She came back to deliver what would be the game-winning RBI with a single in the top of the seventh. East Ascension’s Jessie Watts brought home insurance runs with a double.
“It felt pretty solid,” said Gremillion, a Louisiana-Lafayette signee. “I felt pretty good about it. I saw the pitches really well.”
Malancon, an LSU-Eunice signee, was humbled by the MVP award.
“I’m honored. I don’t know what to say,” Malancon said. “It’s an overwhelming feeling for me. We had great competition, and for me to be out there with them, it’s an honor.”
Gremillion finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs.
The East had trouble finding its rhythm early. Kaplan pitcher Abby Trahan struck out five in three innings.
Florien pitcher Abbey McMillan’s sacrifice fly scored Elise Vincent, opening things up in the fourth and giving the West a 2-0 lead.
However, the momentum shifted in the East’s favor after a two-run double by Pineville outfielder Rebecca Martin to tie the game up at 2-2 in the top of the fifth, while Catholic-PC’s Katelyn Bellelo drove Martin with a double.
Mount Carmel’s Samantha Dares drove in East Ascension’s Claire Weinberger to tie it in the top of the seventh to set up Gremillion’s second huge hit.
North DeSoto’s Sami Walters drove in Brusly’s Kaitlin David to make it 10-8, but the West got no closer.