SULPHUR — Third-seeded Kaplan earned a spot in the Class 3A title game against top-seeded John Curtis with a 7-6, extra-inning victory against seventh-seeded Brusly in a semifinal of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 softball tournament Saturday at Frasch Park.
The win came in dramatic fashion as the Pirates (26-4) squandered a two-run lead with two outs in the top of the seventh, as back-to-back errors lead to a pair of Brusly (22-12) runs that tied it at 5.
Kaplan’s misfortune continued in the top of the eighth when Kyana Thymes’ RBI triple gave the Panthers a 6-5 lead.
The chips may have been down, but Kaplan coach Shay Herpin said he knew his team was far from out of it.
“Our kids have just never given up all year long,” Herpin said. It’s on a weekly basis almost, and they came out of it. They deserve everything that we’ve earned, and we’re going to get even more. … Nothing’s impossible for us. Our kids are just so headstrong and resilient. It’s just amazing. I never put anything past these kids.”
The Pirates loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth before Brusly pitcher Camryn Comeaux walked in back-to-back runs to end the game.
“That’s an awesome feeling,” Herpin said. “To be down late and have a feeling in your gut to feeling like that, it’s just amazing. I would have felt so bad for (pitcher Abby Trahan) because she’s played so hard for us all year long.”
While Trahan didn’t play her best game, she outlasted Comeaux and earned the victory. She pitched three shutout innings and of Brusly’s six runs, only three of them were earned.
The Pirates were led by Lindsey Schexnailder, who went 2-for-3, including a two-run single that tied it at 2 in the third inning.