SULPHUR — Catholic-Pointe Coupee was the top seed and defending Class 1A state champion. The goal for third-seeded Live Oak was to advance to the 5A final for the first time.
Scoring runs wasn’t a problem for either team all year. It was a role reversal as both teams lost semifinals at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Softball tournament at Frasch Park.
Cedar Creek, the 12th-seed, got five hits and took advantage of two errors during a five-run fourth inning en route to a 7-4 win over CHSPC in a 1A semifinal.
Ouachita scored a total of seven runs in the third and fourth innings to power its way past No. 3 Live Oak 9-2 in a 5A semifinal.
“It was the old snowball effect,” CHSPC coach Lauren Doucet said of the fourth inning. “ (The Cougars) did what they were supposed to do, they put the ball in play.
“I’m proud of the season we had. It’s hard to repeat. Maybe next year.”
Claire Roy was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Catholic-Pointe Coupee (24-4). Blaire Bass finished 2-for-4 with a triple for the Hornets.
Catholic-PC made it a one-run game by scoring once in the fourth and three times in the fifth. Roy contributed a two-RBI hit to the rally. But Cedar Creek pitcher Caley Pyles retired six of the final seven batters she faced to close out the game.
Pyles and Nicole Brashear finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Cougars.
Brashear had an RBI hit in the sixth, and Katelin Cooper added an RBI hit in the seventh for CCHS.
The Eagles lost in the semifinals for the second straight season.
Karlee Walker finished 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and five RBIs to pace Ouachita. Winning pitcher Kat Walker and Caycee Shaw each scored two runs.
“I did expect their hitting,” Live Oak coach Michelle Morris said. “We did expect this kind of pitching and hitting. We just didn’t execute when we needed to execute. We had a couple of misplays that I think affected the momentum of the game.
“You know, you’ve got to hit the ball better.”
Savannah Hall came on in relief for Live Oak and struck out six, allowing no runs and no hits.
Gisselle Ash and Katelynn McLin both finished 1-for-3 for the Eagles (24-4).
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