SULPHUR — It had all the earmarks of a not-so-kind replay when second-seeded St. Charles Catholic parlayed a couple of miscues into a 3-0 first-inning lead over No. 7 Brusly.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 State Softball tournament began with another District 7-3A team, No. 4 Parkview Baptist, falling behind in the first inning. The Eagles’ rally fell short.
There was no quarterfinal jinx for Brusly. The Panthers scored three runs in three separate innings en route to a 10-5 victory over St. Charles at Frasch Park. “The goal is to always get out of the first inning without giving up runs,” Brusly coach Beau Bouvier said. “There was a miscommunication and it happens. We battle. We did the same thing against E.D. White.
“We knew we could score. I told the girls there were a lot of outs left for us. We didn’t panic.”
The Panthers (22-11) advance to play No. 3 Kaplan (25-4), an 8-0 winner of Iota in another quarterfinal contest, at 1 p.m. Saturday on Field 18. BHS finished with 13 hits on Friday to give Camryn Comeaux all the support she needed. Comeaux retired 19 of the final 22 batters she faced.
“In the beginning we were all really nervous,” Comeaux said. “When we came in after the first inning we got a good pep talk from all the coaches. We knew we had to buckle down and do what we had to do to get in the game. We’re confident in our offense. We focus on one pitch at a time.”
St. Charles (25-7) returned the favor in the top of the second. An error by the Comets brought home three runs that tied it at 3-3.
In the top of the fourth the Panthers took the lead when Karli David reached on an infield hit and later came around to score, beating a throw to the plate. St. Charles walked LSU signee Akiya Thymes intentionally. Gracie Trahan’s two-RBI single gave Brusly, the 3A champion in 2013, a solid cushion.
“You can’t walk me with her (Trahan) coming up to bat,” Thymes said. “She’s just as good.”
Thymes got even in the seventh when the Comets tried to walk her one more time. She found a pitch to hit and doubled home two runs. Ariana Cipriano was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while David was 2-for-2. Thymes finished 2-for-4.
NORTH VERMILION 11, PARKVIEW BAPTIST 9: The Eagles (26-9) fell behind 5-0 in the first inning. PBS got within two runs twice, including in the bottom of the seventh inning.
NVHS (25-5) finished with 20 hits and were led by Adele Vincent, who finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. LSU commitment Nicky Dawson helped lead Parkview Baptist, going 3-for-4 with a two-RBI triple.