LUTCHER — Brenn Ursin never forgot Lutcher’s loss in the 2016 state softball finals. It’s been in the front of her mind through the first two rounds of the postseason.
The junior right-hander opened the Class 3A softball playoffs with a five-inning perfect game against Port Allen in the first round, but she wasn’t done there.
Ursin put on something of an encore performance Friday with a one-hit shutout against No. 10 Albany in the second round, leading No. 7 Lutcher to a 6-0 victory and a trip to the state softball tournament in Sulphur.
“I want revenge,” Ursin said. “Last year we lost in the finals, and this year we want to finish.”
The only opposing batter to get a hit off Ursin through the first two games was Albany pitcher Brittany Turner, who doubled in the second inning. The only other batter to reach base was on a walk.
From there on, Ursin retired the final 14 opposing batters in order.
Ursin struck out 10 Lady Hornets on Friday, bumping her postseason total to 21 through 12 innings.
“I can’t say enough about Brenn,” Lutcher coach Cathy Bland said. “Brenn is just one of those girls that is completely confident on the rubber. She’s one of those girls that leads by example. She’s not a big talker for us; she leads by example, and all the girls knows that. When she takes the circle, everybody knows she’s all business, and she’s been completely outstanding the second half of the season.”
Turner didn’t have as much luck in the circle as her Bulldog counterpart as the Lutcher bats caught fire for six runs on 14 hits, including a 3-for-3, three-RBI performance from none other than Ursin.
Turner also struck out a pair of batters and walked none. Three of her runs went unearned.
Lutcher had four players with multi-hit games.
“(Lutcher) is underrated,” Albany coach John Legoria said. “We knew coming in that they aren’t a typical (No.) 7 seed. They’ve been there before. ... They were more prepared for the situation and they handled it better. They out played us. I tip my hat to them.”
Lutcher advanced to its second straight trip to Sulphur in Bland’s second season as head coach. They will play the winner between No. 2 North Vermilion and No. 15 Church Point.