SULPHUR — Kaplan’s Abby Trahan was dominant for the Pirates on Friday.
The senior pitcher didn’t surrender her first hit until the fourth inning, gave up three hits total (all infield singles) and struck out 14 in a 3-0 victory over Iota in the Class 3A quarterfinals at the Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament.
“I think she moved the ball around in the strike zone real well,” Kaplan coach Shay Herpin said. “She is spinning it well, but we played some good defense behind her today.”
Kaplan took the lead in the second inning as Jennifer Faulk led off, was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kenzie Gaspard. Dawn Burton then singled, and the bases were loaded on a single by Megan Hebert. Alexa Lege drove in Faulk with a single and a sacrifice fly by Trahan scored Burton.
Kaplan, who finished as state runner-up last season, added a run in the top of the sixth.
No. 4 Kaplan will take on No. 1 Parkview Baptist in the semifinals at 1 p.m.
West Ouachita 7, Teurlings Catholic 2: The lowest seed of the entire field had its season end Friday.
Teurlings Catholic reached Sulphur as the No. 26 seed having upset No. 7 Tioga and No. 10 Academy of Our Lady in the opening two rounds. There would not be a third straight upset as West Ouachita defeated Teurlings.
The Rebels kept it close for 41/2 innings, trailing the Chiefs 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth. West Ouachita then got to Teurlings starter Lorin Martin by scoring five runs while batting through the order.
Teurlings tried to rally by scoring a run in the sixth and another in the seventh, the latter courtesy of a two-out, solo home run by Mackenzi David. The comeback was put to rest moments after the home run when Martin flew out to end the game.
Parkview Baptist 9, Pine Prairie 0: No. 1 Parkview Baptist proved to be too much for No. 8 Pine Prairie.
Pine Prairie, which was making its first appearance at the Fast Pitch 56 in three seasons, started with a few jitters. The Panthers committed a few errors and gave up three runs in the opening inning.
Parkview added one run each in the fourth and fifth and then put the game away with four runs in the sixth inning.
Taylor Spencer picked up the shutout, scattering two hits, two walks, with eight strikeouts.
Cedar Creek 8, Vermilion Catholic 3: No. 7 Vermilion Catholic was eliminated from the Fast Pitch 56 with a loss to No. 2 Cedar Creek.
The Eagles took an early lead as Ainsley Mallet scored on a single by Bella Doucet, who finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a solo home run in the sixth inning.
After scoring one run in the bottom of third and two in the fourth, the Cougars blew the game open with a five-run fifth inning.
Taylor Abshire received the loss giving up eight runs on 12 hits with one strikeout.
Northside Christian 4, Maurepas 3: Northside Christian advanced to the Class C semifinals by upsetting Maurepas.
The Warriors jumped out to the lead with a run in the top of the first, when Brooke Stanford’s single drove in Angel Allen. Kathryn Zaunbrecher then extended Northside Christian’s lead with a two-run home run in the top of the fourth.
The Wolves, though, rallied with a run in the bottom of the fourth and then two more in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game.
The Warriors answered in the top of the seventh as Allen singled and stole second base and score on a Stanford single.
Maurepas loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Allen got Brailee Gautreau to fly out to deep center field.
Northside Christian will take on No. 3 Plainview at 11 a.m. Saturday.