DUTCHTOWN — Dutchtown High scored four runs in the first two innings, and junior pitcher Ali McCoy stepped up in the circle with the bases loaded in the seventh inning as the Griffins defeated Catholic of Pointe Coupee 4-2 in softball action Monday.
Coming off two straight losses, Class 5A Dutchtown (12-3) played an error-free game and had three solid defensive plays that helped limit Class 1A power CHSPC (8-4) to single runs in the first and fifth innings.
“Catholic gave us a scare, but we prevailed,” Dutchtown coach Nancy Ensminger said. “They put the bat on the ball. We played well defensively. Ali McCoy is maturing every single day as a pitcher.”
CHSPC outhit Dutchtown 7-5. Savannah LeJeune and Ryan Bizette had two hits each for the Hornets. LeJeune’s sacrifice fly in the first inning scored Blaire Bass.
Dutchtown had three hits in the first two innings. Hope Vezinat reached on an error and Bailey Gilleon drew a walk for Dutchtown in the bottom of the first.
Catcher Bria White, who made a tough running catch for the first out in the seventh inning, smashed a two-run double. White scored an unearned run off an error as Dutchtown led 3-1 after one inning.
Vezinat smashed a solo homer over the left-field fence to put the Griffins up 4-1 in the second inning. It was her fourth homer of the season.
CHSPC stranded eight baserunners in the final five innings, including two in the fifth. LeJeune had an RBI single in the fifth to score Maddie Landry, who singled.
Bizette singled to open the top of the sixth inning. Dutchtown’s White made the throw out of the steal attempt to second.
In the top of the seventh inning with two outs, CHSPC’s Amanda Bueche drew a walk. LeJeune singled and Katlyn Bellelo drew a walk to load the bases. McCoy (12-3) forced Bizette into an infield fly to end the game.
CHSPC has played in two of the last three Class 1A state title games and won the crown in 2013. The Hornets have seven seniors this season. Center fielder Bueche made a difficult running catch in the sixth inning.
“That’s the first time we’ve played Amanda Bueche in center field and she made a nice play,” CHSPC coach Lauren Doucet said. “She has a heart of gold. Amanda is very versatile and has played several positions for us.”
Doucet said she was proud of her team, which has shutout wins over Class 3A Parkview Baptist and Brusly.
“Dutchtown is a very talented team, and my girls came out with no fear in their eyes,” she said. “We’ve got to take care of business when we have runners in scoring position. We’ve got to minimize errors.”
The other key Dutchtown defensive play came in the fourth inning when leftfielder Royelle Cobb had a throw out to third on a hit and run play.
Bello (1-1) pitched the first four innings for CHSPC. Bizette worked the last two innings.