LAFAYETTE — The Parkview Baptist softball team put an end to St. Thomas More’s four-game winning streak, beating the Cougars 12-7 Saturday.
St. Thomas More (13-10) held an early lead, but it did not last long as the Eagles (23-7) responded by scoring multiple runs in three consecutive innings to build a lead they would not relinquish.
Parkview coach Ashlee Ducote said she hopes the offensive momentum from Saturday will carry over into the final week of the regular season.
“This is huge for us,” Ducote said. “We’re young, and we need to have a little confidence. We came out swinging the bat against a very good pitcher in my eyes and a really good team. We really needed this going into the last week of the regular season.”
The Cougars started strong, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning, but Parkview quickly erased the deficit when Eagles leadoff hitter Nicky Dawson hit a bases-loaded triple to give her team a 4-2 edge.
Parkview score three runs in the third inning and two runs in the second to take a 9-2 lead into the fifth inning.
“Our pitcher (Whitney Romero) had a rough day, today,” said St. Thomas More coach Andria Waguespack. “She couldn’t find the strike zone today, and that happens. We’ve really been riding her all season, and it’s hard when you don’t get much rest pitching day after day.”
But St. Thomas More did not go down without a fight. The Cougars attempted to rally, beginning with a solo home run by junior catcher Bailey Hemphill in the fifth inning in her only swing of the game.
Ducote said it’s not the first time Hemphill has made the Eagles pay with a single swing.
“Every year when we play (St. Thomas More), I talk to our pitcher and say give (Hemphill) one swing, whether she misses it or not,” Ducote said. “In the last two years, she’s 2-for-2 hitting home runs. Props to her. She’s an incredible athlete. She deserves all the success.”
The Cougars scored three more runs in the sixth inning to cut Parkview’s lead to 9-6.
“I’m proud,” Waguespack said. “Offensively, we went out there and we swung the bat. We’ve struggled with that consistently this year, so I was happy to see that today.”
But the Eagles put it away in the final inning with three runs before allowing one run in the final inning to seal the victory.
Both teams will be back in action Sunday when St. Thomas More hits the road to take on Notre Dame ,and Parkview will return home, where it will face Zachary.