ZACHARY — At the pace it was on, all Zachary High School needed was one more inning to complete a seven-run comeback.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, their comeback came up just short.
Zachary brought the game-winning run to the plate in its last at-bat, but the Class 2A Hawks were able to hold on for an 8-7 victory over 5A Zachary on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing headed to the top of the seventh inning, Hannan starting pitcher Allie Hutton retired Macie Pampell to lead off the inning. With one out, Hannan Dixon and Tegan Scott had back-to-back singles. Baylie Dorion’s three-run homer over the left field wall made it 8-7.
Hutton retired Abby Lewis for the second out, but Lakyn Wales singled to bring the game-winning run to the plate. However, Britney Anderson fouled out for the third out to end the game.
“We just didn’t play well at all today,” Broncos coach Leslie Efferson-Yellot said. “We ran ourselves out of some innings. It was a poorly executed game on our part. You are not going to win games like that against a quality team like Hannan.”
The third-ranked team in the latest Class 2A power rankings, Hannan (20-5) broke out on top with four runs in the first inning. Kennedy Martin drew a bases-loaded walk, Caitlin Collins had a two-run single and Lauren Wegener had an RBI single. The Hawks pushed across two more runs in the fourth inning with back-to-back RBI doubles by Martin and Sydney Williams.
Zachary (15-9) got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. With one out, Scott singled. After Doiron was retired, Lewis reached on an error. Wales drove in a pair of runs on a double to cut the deficit to 7-2.
Dixon’s RBI double in the fifth inning cut the lead to 7-3 and the Broncos pushed across an unearned run in the sixth inning.
Doiron was hit by a pitch and Lewis singled. After a Wales walk, Britney Anderson reached on an error, scoring Doiron from third base.
Hutton (13-4) picked up the win in the circle for Hannan, allowing seven runs (four earned) on six hits, striking out one and not walking a batter.
“I had to have a lot of trust in my teammates to make the plays behind me,” Hutton said. “(Zachary) had been through the order a couple of times, so I knew they were going to put the ball in play.
“Fortunately enough for us, my teammates had my back and made the defensive plays we need to win.”
Doiron (15-9) was the losing pitcher for Zachary (15-9) allowing eight runs (three earned) on 10 hits, striking out seven and walking four.