SULPHUR —Catholic-Pointe Coupee softball coach Lauren Castle adopted the word “finish” as a motto.
When Katelyn Bellelo scored all the way from first after a single by Lauren David in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Hornets had done just that on Saturday night at Frasch Park.
Bellelo scored the winning run as Catholic-PC posted a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Archbishop Hannan in the Class 1A title game at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Fast Pitch 56 State Tournament.
The Hornets (24-6) trailed 3-0 going into the seventh. With the victory, CHSPC claimed its first state title and also avenged a loss to Hannan (21-9) in the 2012 title game.
“That’s a phenomenal team,” Doucet said of Hannan. “We said we wanted to play the best to be the best. I’m just so proud of them. I almost threw my arm out rounding her (Bellelo) to come home. There was no question she was coming home.”
CHSPC pitcher Ryann Bizette, who struck out nine and allowed just four hits, was voted the Outstanding Player in the title game. She also was 1-for-3 with a double. Bellelo was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Hornets, who scored three runs in the sixth to tie it. David’s hit in the eighth got past the Hannan outfield and rolled to the fence.
In the sixth, Jordyn David singled and scored on a Kayla Garrett double. Bellelo singled to score Garrett and then scored on an error to tie it.
“I knew they (CHSPC) were a good team then (last year),” Hannan coach Becky Lambert said. “And they’ve been a good team all year. I’m proud of this (Hannan) team. We have only five starters on this team who started last year.”
Bailey Tuminello finished 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Hannan. Maddi Shelton gave up seven hits and struck out seven for the Hawks.
Hannan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Tuminello walked and Lindsey Osbon’s bloop hit to center field got past a diving Kayla Garrett, allowing Tuminello to score.
CHSPC had a chance to even the score in the bottom of the second. Bellelo walked and Lauren David reached when the Hawks couldn’t force Bellelo at second. The runners moved to second and third on a passed ball. But Shelton retired the next three Hornets.
It was the Hornets’ turn to dodge a bullet in the fourth. Sydney Williams doubled to the fence in left-center field and advance to third. But Bizette retired the next two Hannan hitters.
Bizette led off the fifth with a double down the right-field line. Courtesy runner Madison Hurst stole third but was thrown out trying to score on a bunt near the plate.
Hannan tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth. Tuminello drove in one run with a double and Sydney Finch scored on an error, setting the stage for CHSPC’s rally.