Audrey Greely wanted to hit the ball up the middle. The freshman did that and then some.
Greely’s three-run home run to center field in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Parkview Baptist a 7-6 victory over rival Brusly that clinched the District 6-3A softball title on Thursday.
“I was so nervous … I don’t remember what I hit,” Greely said. “I just went with the pitch. When I saw it go over the fence I couldn’t believe it happened. We did it … we won district.”
The Eagles trailed Brusly 6-1 after three innings in the game played at PBS and didn’t get to freshman pitcher Mary-Cathryn Comeaux until the fifth when PBS pitcher Anna Bordelon hit the game’s first three-run home run. Bordelon also didn’t allow a hit in five innings of relief.
“Anna’s gotten in binds and Taylor (Spencer) has come in the shut the door,” PBS coach Ashlee Weems said. “Today it was her turn. Last year (Brusly) hit her pretty much all around the park.
“This time (Bordelon) came in with a great attitude and was determined to win. This was about pride. The last few years they’ve beat us. We finally broke the curse.”
Nicky Dawson was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored for PBS (23-7, 5-0). Bordelon finished 2-for-3 with a double, the home run and three RBIs. Greely, the daughter of former LSU outfielder Jim Greely, was 2-for-4 with the homer and three RBIs.
Bordelon (12-6) struck out one and retired 15 of the 18 batters she faced. Comeaux (5-4) struck out five, but also gave up five hits, including the two home runs, during the final three innings.
Kaitlyn David was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Camryn Comeaux was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Jonette Fitzgerald was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI for the Panthers (18-13, 4-1).
Interestingly, the teams return to PBS on Friday to play different opponents in an armed forces benefit doubleheader. Brusly plays Denham Springs at 5 p.m. and PBS meets Zachary at 7 p.m.
“We’ll be right back here tomorrow and we’ve got to move on,” Brusly coach Beau Bouvier said. “(Comeaux) did a good job. Pitching is the name of the game. They brought in Anna and she shut out down. We had chances to extend the lead and didn’t. There were a couple of times when we just couldn’t get the third out.”
The Panthers got four hits and scored four runs on PBS’ Spencer in the top of first. Fitzgerald, Camryn Comeaux and Karli David had RBI hits. The final run scored on an error.
Bordelon doubled and scored on a single by Savannah Adams to get PBS within thre after one inning. Fitzgerald doubled and scored on Camryn Comeaux’s single in the second. Caroline Gassie tripled and scored on an error in the third for the Panthers.
The three-run homer to left field by Bordelon came with two outs in the fifth. There was one out when Greely launched the game-winning walk-off shot in the seventh.
“(Greely’s home run) was awesome,” Bordelon said. “I knew the game wasn’t over. I knew we still had fight left in us.”