Baylie Doiron hasn’t been feeling her best this week.
The Zachary softball senior pitcher missed practice the past few days because of an illness, but decided to tough it out for her final home game as a Bronco.
She could particularly feel her sickness in the first inning of the Broncos’ game against District 4-5A rival Walker on Thursday when she allowed a two-run homer to Wildcats pitcher Katelynn McKenzie.
From then on, though, Doiron didn’t feel so sick anymore.
Doiron responded to the early deficit by striking out 10 in a come-from-behind 6-5 win for Zachary.
“I knew I had to turn it off and get (it) out of my head and attack their hitters,” Doiron said.
“They’re a good hitting team, and I know they have good power. I just had to shut down what was going on in my head and get out of it.”
Doiron finished with four earned runs on six hits, but three of those hits and two of the runs came in the seventh inning when Walker (12-11, 2-5) made a final attempt at a rally.
Doiron loaded the bases with a pair of singles and then an intentional walk to McKenzie who had also homered in the teams’ meeting two weeks ago.
The Wildcats cut the deficit to one run when Kelsey Cifreo hit a line drive down the third base line for a two-run double.
But it wasn’t enough, because Doiron recorded her final strikeout on the next batter to secure the sweep over Walker.
“If we can get a hit out of someone who’s been struggling at the plate a little bit, then it’s a different ballgame,” Walker coach Ricky Reine said. “We get a base hit; we take a lead maybe.”
Zachary (19-4, 6-1) took a lead in the fifth inning with a rally after starting slow offensively.
With the bases loaded, Zachary shortstop Macie Pampell sent a short hopper past the Walker third baseman for a two-run double.
Next up was center fielder Abby Lewis who sent McKenzie’s first pitch back up the middle for the initial go-ahead run.
Catcher Lakyn Wales capped the rally with a two-run double that hit off the right field wall about a foot from a home run, which would eventually prove to be the game winning scores.
The Broncos finished the inning, scoring five runs on four of their six hits for the game.
“I kept telling them all game that we keep hitting pop ups, and they can catch popups,” said Zachary coach Leslie Efferson-Yellott. “We needed something hard on the ground. We need to work for a line drive.
“Then the kids were able to adjust and we were able to string some hits together. That’s kind of the name of the game.”