COVINGTON — Shaye Tredinich’s game-winning RBI single capped a three-run seventh inning comeback victory for No. 12-seeded Archbishop Hannan in a 5-4 win over No. 21 French Settlement in the bidistrict round of the Class 2A softball playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Coquille Park.
Down 4-2 heading into its last at-bat, Hannan (20-9) started the rally when Kaitlyn Harris drew a walk. A double by Lindsey Osborn put runners at second and third, and Jensen Volz tied the game at 4 with a two-run single.
After third baseman Bailey Tuminello drew another walk, putting runners on first and second, Caitlin Collins popped out to shortstop Katelyne McClelland for the second out.
One pitch later, Tredinich smacked a single up the middle that scored Holz and sent the Lady Hawks into the second round. Hannan will take on fifth-seeded Riverside, which defeated Oakdale 18-3 on Monday.
“I just kept telling myself at the plate to remain confident and trust in myself,” Tredinich said. “I knew I had my teammates’ support and I knew I got this. I kept my eye on the ball and swung. Good things happened.”
Leading for most of the game, French Settlement (12-13) pushed across a pair of runs in the first inning thanks to an RBI single by Maelyn Ebarb and a Hannan error. An RBI groundout by McClelland scored Payton Clouatre, pushing the lead to 3-0.
Hannan started to cut into the lead in the third inning as Volz drove in Harris on an RBI single. The Lady Hawks made it a 3-2 game in the fifth after pushing across an unearned run of their own after Osborn doubled.
The freshman shortstop finished the game as the leading hitter for Hannan, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored.
“I told my team that we won the game and we move on,” Hannan coach Becky Lambert said. “It doesn’t matter how many innings it took or the way we did it; it’s a win. We will take it and move on. Hopefully we learned and got some of those nerves out to get ready to take a very good Riverside team.
“We are a very young team with no seniors, and early on, we were very nervous. ... Our first baseman is an eighth-grader. That was my fear. I was worried about how this team was going to respond. They didn’t panic. Nothing bothers them. They did what they had to do and came away with a big victory. We live to play another day, and in (the) playoffs, that is all you can ask for.”
Volz picked up the complete-game win in the circle for Hannan, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out five. Going all seven innings as well, Hannah Cason (12-13) was the losing pitcher for the Lady Lions.