SULPHUR — No. 7 Dutchtown pulled of an upset and top-seeded Catholic-Pointe Coupee avoided one, as both teams notched big wins in the opening day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 tournament Friday at Frasch Park.
The Griffins (27-8) took down No. 2 Mt. Carmel (22-4) while the Hornets (22-4) put away eighth-seeded St. Mary’s (17-8), earning each team a spot in the tournament’s final day of action and keeping them alive for a state title.
DUTCHTOWN 5, MT. CARMEL 0: Dutchtown junior pitcher Ali McCoy provided a spark with her arm and her bat in the Griffins’ upset of the Cubs.
In addition to completing the shutout while striking out seven and scattering five hits in the circle, McCoy provided Dutchtown with its first runs of the game with a two-run homer in the first inning.
“They put runners in scoring position throughout the game, but Ali dominated and got out of it,” Dutchtown coach Nancy Ensminger said. “We made some good plays behind her. Defense and offense just kind of did their thing. It was definitely a complete game for us.”
The Griffins will face a familiar semifinal opponent in East Ascension, which is coming off a gritty, 10-inning victory against Zachary. Dutchtown fell to the Spartans in the two previous encounters between the teams during district play.
Still, Ensminger remains confident.
“It’s tough to beat a team three times,” Ensminger said. “That’s the way I’m looking at it.”
CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE 7, ST. MARY’S 0: Pitcher Ryann Bizette allowed just three singles and struck out seven as the top-seeded Hornets advanced to play fourth-seeded Central Catholic (24-3) in a semifinal set for 11 a.m. Saturday.
Maddie Landry and Julia Johnson each finished 2-for-3 at the plate for CHSPC, the Class 1A champion in 2013 and a semifinalist last season.
“She’s done a great job for us on the mound all year long,” Catholic-PC coach Lauren Doucet said. “We talked about her coming out hard and working to get ahead of the batters. We wanted her to keep the pitch count low and she did.”
The Hornets scored runs in six of their six at-bats, including a three-run fourth. Landry and Blaire Bass each scored twice.
“At the plate, we told the girls to sit back and wait for the ball and drive it through,” Doucet said. “The girls have worked hard all year. At this point, we just have to show up with our ‘A’ game.”
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1, ASCENSION CATHOLIC 0, 8 INNINGS: Central Catholic will join Catholic-PC after defeating Ascension Catholic.
After 7 1/2 scoress innings, the Eagles (24-3) secured the win when ACHS pitcher Julie Beck (20-4) gave up a single and walked three straight batters, allowing CCMC to score the game-winning run.
“I’ve never been at a loss for words at the end of a season,” ACHS coach Brandi Manry said. “There’s normally something that you can say to the kids for them to build on and work on. But the way the game ended, there was no excuse for it. .. There’s nothing really that you can tell your kids when the ball is taken out of your hands.”
CCMC senior pitcher Megan Landry outlasted Beck, pitching an eight-inning no-hitter to earn the win, tallying 10 strikeouts and allowing only three base runners in the contest.
“Megan is unreal,” Russo said. “She’s been phenomenal all year long. The performance you saw today, that’s Megan. I’m just proud of that kid. She’s a competitor, defensively and offensively. Just a great all around ball player.”
GLENMORA 3, MAUREPAS 1: The 12th-seeded Wildcats (16-13) overcame a late-game deficit to continue its season with a comeback victory against No. 4 Maurepas (17-6).
The Wolves took an early 1-0 lead, which it held until the sixth inning when Glenmora tied it up before scoring two more runs in the top of the seventh and putting Maurepas’ batters down in order to clinch the upset.