Fontainebleau seniors Alivia Soto and Savannah Folse have been a part of district championships their first three years.
They aren’t about to be the senior class that stops that streak.
Folse picked up the win, and Soto had a pair of hits in a 3-1 victory over Northshore on Tuesday afternoon.
With the win, Fontainebleau (13-5, 7-2) broke a three-team logjam and are now alone atop the District 6-5A standings after Ponchatoula’s upset loss to Covington.
“(Fontainebleau coach Chris Nelson) actually talked to Alivia and me on Monday in the locker room,” Folse said. “He said one of us has to step up and say, ‘not on my watch’. Not on my watch are we losing a district championship this year.”
All three of Fontainebleau’s runs were unearned and came in the first two innings.
Haley Fremin reached on an error to lead off the game and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Folse walked with two outs, an RBI single by Megan Penny scored Fremin. Soto followed with a single, and Alexis Fremin followed with a two-out RBI single to make it 2-0 Bulldogs.
“It definitely feels good to be back on top of the district all by ourselves,” Soto said. “This team is one of the hardest working teams I have ever been a part of, and we will continue to work for our goals this season.”
Brenae Bergeron added an RBI single in the second inning to finish out the scoring for Fontainebleau.
Northshore’s lone run came in the second inning on a solo home run by first baseman Jessica DiCharia.
Folse (11-3) was able to shut down the Northshore (12-6, 6-3) bats after the DiCharia home run, allowing only three hits the rest of the game. She struck out 10 and walked only two en route to the victory.
“When you give a long ball like that, you just have to realize it was only one hit and one run,” Folse said. “Your teammates are looking to you for the leadership to say ‘OK, we will shake it off and we won’t let them score any more runs after that.’
“Home runs can be momentum shifters, and when you give one up, you can’t let it take all the energy away. We were able to do that, stay focused and pick up a big win.”
Alone atop the 6-5A standings heading into their match up on the road at Covington on Thursday, Folse said she knows there is still a long way to go before another district championship banner is hanging on the outfield wall.
“I will tell you this,” she said. “This team will not stop playing. We haven’t won anything yet, and we know that. We are going to do everything we can to win every game the rest of the season. We are going to keep fighting.”
Missy Clark (10-3) was the losing pitcher, allowing three unearned runs on eight hits, striking out three and walking two.