BRUSLY — Senior catcher Kaitlin David made her last home game at Brusly count.
David smashed two homers and went 4-for-4 with five RBIs to power the Panthers to a 12-3 victory over Erath on Friday in a Class 3A regional softball playoff game. Brusly (22-13) advances to the state tournament for the sixth straight season and 16th time total.
David had a solo homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the sixth inning that put the game away. She also smashed singles in the third and fifth inning.
“My last home game couldn’t have ended on a better note,” said David, a four-year starter including Brusly’s 2013 state championship team. “I had a lot of emotions tonight. It never gets old going to the state tournament. I love being a part of this softball team.”
No. 6 Brusly outhit Erath 14-6. Ariana Cipriana, Mary-Cathryn Comeaux, Kyana Thymes and Alex Dexter had two hits each for the Panthers.
“Brusly can hit,” Erath coach Eric LeBlanc said. “If they hit like they did today at state, I think they’ll do well. We gave it all we had. We just came up short today.”
“We hit a lot of deep balls early in the game, and then we started playing the short game,” Brusly coach Beau Bouvier said. “Kaitlin David’s second homer was a dagger. We’re excited to be going back to state. We’re led by five seniors and have three capable pitchers.”
Brusly senior pitcher Camryn Comeaux (6-1) tossed a four-hitter and worked five innings. Senior Hannah Gaudet pitched the final two innings.
Brusly scored two runs in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Cipriano and David had RBI singles.
Dexter singled and drove in two runs in the fourth as Brusly extended its lead to 5-0. Erath’s Kylia Benoit and Emily Miller had RBI singles in the top of the fifth as Erath pulled within 5-2. Brusly came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning by stealing home twice and getting a sacrifice from Kyana Thymes.
Erath’s Anne Marie Frederick hit a solo homer in the top of the sixth to cut the Brusly lead to 8-3. Brusly added four runs in the bottom of the sixth as Comeaux hit an RBI double, and David hit her fifth homer of the season to drive in three runs.
Maci Viator took the loss for Erath (14-16). Benoit was 3-for-3 for the Lady Cats.
It was the 13th time this season that Brusly scored at least 10 runs. Brusly defeated De La Salle 14-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
Brusly stranded just three baserunners in the game. Brusly runners were caught stealing three times.