WATSON — It was an epic “Senior Day” for Live Oak pitcher Savannah Hall.
Hall pitched a no-hitter and hit a two-run home run to lead LOHS past Zachary 10-0 in the five-inning game played Tuesday at the Live Oak Sports Park.
“It was the best,” Hall said. “I’m so proud of my team, and I’m so glad we came back the way we did after the last loss to Zachary. We did great. We hit the ball.
“We didn’t leave any runners on. My defense had my back. We all hit; we all scored. We couldn’t have asked for better.”
With the win, Live Oak (22-6, 6-2) earns a share of the District 4-5A softball title with Zachary (21-7, 6-2). Because of power rankings, there will be no playoff. The LHSAA releases its softball playoff pairings Thursday.
Live Oak didn’t waste time scoring. After Hall retired the Broncos on seven pitches in the top of the first, the Eagles took the lead.
Lauren Brown singled with one out. Hall then helped her cause by smashing a two-run home run to left field with two outs. All Zachary left-fielder Carsyn Martel could do was watch the ball sail well beyond the fence. Hall nearly had a second home run in the fifth, but the Broncos’ Abby Lewis made a leaping catch.
“One of my senior leaders just said this was probably the best senior day ever, and I might agree with her,” Live Oak coach Michelle Morris said. “I thought maybe with the senior day that it might get people a little too sentimental. But no mam, they were out for blood from the very beginning, the first pitch.”
The victory avenged a 9-8 loss to the Broncos in the first round of district play March 24. Hall allowed just two baserunners. One reached on an error in the second, and the other was hit by a pitch in the fifth. She struck out five.
Brown finished 2-for-3 and was the only player with multiple hits. Ally Howard hit a solo home run to open a four-run fourth for LOHS. Breanna Stout had a double. Brett Leiva and Lindsey Rizzo each had two-RBI hits. All five LOHS seniors had a hit, including Ashton Priester, who knocked in run in the fourth.
“That may be the best Live Oak has played all year,” Zachary coach Leslie Efferson-Yellott said. “They played exceptionally well. They came to play. My girls always come out and give 100 percent, but there was no killer instinct today. We came in hoping to win. Live Oak came in expecting to win.”
Live Oak expanded its two-run lead in the fourth. Howard led off with a home run to left field, and Stout followed with a double. Stout took third on a wild pitched and scored on Rizzo’s two-RBI double. Priester’s single scored Rizzo.
ZHS pitcher Baylie Doiron issued a walk and hit a batter in the fifth.
The Eagles loaded the bases for Leiva, who knocked in two runs. An error accounted for the final two runs.