DUTCHTOWN — There was nothing to suggest Hahnville starting pitcher Lauren Beadle was in any imminent danger.
Beadle was cruising along without a shutout in Sunday’s Class 5A state regional playoff game against Dutchtown, having allowed two hits through 5.2 innings.
Then the bottom fell out, and the Lady Tigers’ season was over.
No. 7 Dutchtown rallied from a two-run deficit with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth, and No. 10 Hahnville went quietly in its final at-bat of the season in a 3-2 defeat.
“They’re a good team, so as the game goes o,n they get to see me a lot, which helps them,” Beadle said. “I think I did my job keeping it low. I had confidence in my defense, if they put it in play, we’d get out of it.”
Beadle had previously pitched twice against Dutchtown, taking a 9-7 victory on March 15 and suffering an 8-4 loss two weeks later.
“We had a very good plan coming in having seen them twice, and Beadle did an excellent job of executing the plan,” Hahnville coach Jerry Nugent Jr. said. “Our catcher (Maddison LeBlanc) did a great job of framing and blocking and doing the things we needed to do.”
Hahnville (21-9) was bidding for a return trip to the Allstate/LHSAA Sugar Bowl Fast Pitch 56 state tournament in Sulphur after a year’s absence.
Beadle faced just three over the minimum batters through five innings, walking one and striking out three in her 81-pitch outing.
Bailey Gilleon lined a shot off Beadle for Dutchtown’s first hit, and Hope Vezinat doubled with two outs in the fourth inning.
Hahnville established a 2-0 lead with runs in the third and fifth inning Dutchtown’s starting pitcher Ali McCoy.
Right fielder Madison Fremen doubled home Pryscilla Prince in the third, and third baseman Maeson Martindale’s infield single scored Danielle Duplay.
While the Lady Tigers, who had five hits, executed in those innings, they later lamented the fact they stranded four runners between the third and sixth innings in scoring position, including Kamryn Keller at third in the fourth inning.
Hahnville got the first two outs in the sixth before Dutchtown stormed back with four consecutive hits, highlighted by back-to-back doubles from Bria White and Vezinat, tying the game at 2-2.
Royelle Cobb, who hadn’t gotten the ball out of the infield in two previous plate appearances, followed by blooping a 1-0 pitch into shallow left field between Duplay and shortstop Courtney Ortego for the go-ahead run.
“I thought we played a really good game through five innings,” Nugent said. “I told the kids it’s a seven inning game and anything can happen. They made one or two more plays at the end than we did and we fell on the short end of it. I’m proud of them. We fought hard. It was the type of game we expected it to be.”