SULPHUR — Freshman catcher Jaden Accardo hit two home runs and finished with three RBIs to help lead fifth-seeded Denham Springs to a 12-8 victory over Pineville in Class 5A semifinal action Saturday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Softball Championships at Frasch Park.
Accardo hit a towering two-run homer to pace the Yellow Jackets’ six-run fourth inning. Bailey Hughes also finished 2-for-4 with a double for three RBIs for DSHS (23-5).
The other remaining Livingston Parish softball team found itself on the opposite end of the spectrum. Second-seeded Ouachita Parish downed No. 3 Live Oak 9-2 in the other 5A semifinal.
“I was just hoping we’d continue our roles of swinging the bats,” DSHS coach David Bourque said. “And we did. Jaden came up big. We’ve got a tough battle tonight. We’re not just happy to be there.”
Accardo, who has 14 home runs this season, added a solo home run in the sixth. Brittany Case was 2-for-3 for the Yellow Jackets, who pounded out 12 hits.
Deja Chatman led ninth-seeded Pineville (22-9) with two hits and three RBIs. Bailey Allen was 3-for-4 for the Rebels, who ousted top-seeded St. Amant in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Ouachita (25-3) scored a total of seven runs in the third and fourth innings to overpower LOHS. The Eagles lost in the semifinals for the second straight season.
Karlee Walker finished 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and five RBIs to pace Ouachita. Winning pitcher Kat Walker and Caycee Shaw each scored two runs.
“I did expect their hitting,” Live Oak coach Michelle Morris said. “We did expect this kind of pitching and hitting. We just didn’t execute when we needed to execute. We had a couple of misplays that I think affected the momentum of the game. You know, you’ve got to hit the ball better.”
Savannah Hall came on in relief for Live Oak and struck out six, allowing no runs and no hits. Gisselle Ash and Katelynn McLin both finished 1-for-3 for the Eagles.