PINEVILLE — Softball all-star games sometimes turn into a showcase for pitchers, but Saturday wasn’t one of those times.
The East pounded out 12 hits en route to a 5-2 victory over the West in the second Louisiana High School Coaches Association Softball All-Star game played Saturday at Louisiana College’s Coca-Cola Field.
With the win, the East swept the two games, including a 3-1 victory Friday night.
Northshore High’s Sydney Bourg, who finished 2-for-2 on Saturday, was voted the MVP for the East squad. The LSU signee was 5-for-5 in the two games.
North Caddo’s Kassidy Harris, who got three of the West squad’s five hits, was selected as the West MVP. The Louisiana Tech signee was 3-for-3 on the day with a two-RBI double.
“I was 3-for-3 (Friday) but nervous because the talent level is high,” Bourg said. “This game definitely helped me prepare for the type of competition I will see playing with LSU. It was an honor to be in the game.”
East coach Felicia Hailey of Jena sees the LHSCA games as a showcase for Louisiana talent that can attract more than just the die-hard fans.
“This all-star game gives people a chance to see that Louisiana definitely has talent in the softball area,” Hailey said. “All these girls out here worked hard for their team and deserve the success they receive.”
It looked like the West would have the upper hand after jumping out to an early 2-0 lead.
The West scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third inning. North Caddo’s Harris smacked a two-run double to score Arline’s Katie Smith and St. John’s Shelbi Strickland.
The East squad grabbed the lead by scoring three times in the top of the fifth inning. Ouachita’s Katherine Lee hit singled in Bourg and Walker High’s Grace DeLee scored on an error. West Ouachita’s Allie Medlin then singled in the go-ahead run.
The East’s final two runs came in the sixth inning. Jena’s Darian Thacker hit a two-run double to score Buckeye’s MiKayla Brown, who was on second, and St. Amant’s Ali Delaney, who was on third.
“The pitching in this game was good,” said Brown, who finished 2-for-3. “We just loosened up, became comfortable and let the bats do the work.”
Hailey said the East players made the correct adjustments on offense as the game went on.
“We just figured out the pitching at the right time,” Hailey said. “Coaching the different players wasn’t hard. They all worked hard and want to become better players.”
GAME NOTES: Twenty-six players on the two teams are scheduled to play softball on the college level.
Bourg and Walker High’s Taylor Lockwood are LSU signees who played for the East. St. Thomas More’s Jamie Landry of the West and West Ouachita’s Medlin from the East are both bound for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.