DENHAM SPRINGS — Home runs are powerful weapons.
Live Oak smashed two timely home runs to defeat Denham Springs 7-5 in a District 4-5A softball game played Tuesday at North Park.
Sophomore third baseman Gisselle Ash smashed a solo homer in the third inning, and junior Katelyn McLin had a three-run homer in the fifth. Ash has five homers on the season.
Live Oak (14-2, 4-0) scored three runs in the third inning on four hits, and four runs in the fifth on two hits. LOHS left-handed pitcher Amanda Holliday (7-1) scattered eight hits with six strikeouts.
“That was a battle of two quality teams,” Live Oak coach Michelle Morris said. “Katelyn’s homer was big. We feel like we can overcome any deficit with our hitters.”
Denham Springs (11-4, 1-1) scored three runs on three hits to take a 3-0 lead in the second inning.
Kaitlyn Thompson reached on an error and senior first baseman Macey Monk singled. DSHS right fielder Bailea Fucich drove in two runs with a well-placed single to second base. LOHS was playing for the bunt with the first baseman well in front of the bag. Second baseman Ally Howard went to cover first, and Fucich hit to the gap. Left fielder Brittany Case had an RBI double to push across the third run.
Ash hit a solo homer to open the third inning.
Howard, Savannah Hall and Holliday had consecutive singles for the Eagles. Holliday’s hit drove in a run, and Denham Springs pitcher Hallie Morrison (7-2) had a wild pitch to score the third run and tie things at 3.
Live Oak’s Howard and Hall drew walks in the fifth inning. Denham Springs coach David Bourque substituted Fucich for Morrison in the circle. After forcing a flyout, McLin smashed her three-run homer to left field. Cameron Seals, who doubled, scored on a sacrifice bunt by Kelsey Miller to put the Eagles up 7-3.
Denham Springs added two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Case and Harli Crow singled. Jaden Accardo smashed a two-run double to cut the deficit to 7-5 with no outs. Holliday retired the next three batters.
“We’re concentrating on our defense,” Morris said. “I thought Gisselle Ash played really well at third. She was able to hold two runners at third and still make the throw-out. She has a quick release.”
“Live Oak took advantage of some of our mistakes,” Bourque said. “Our pitchers got behind in the count some. I was proud we were able to have the tying run at the plate in the seventh inning. That’s one of our goals.”
Seals had two hits for LOHS. Case, Accardo and Monk had two hits for DSHS.