WATSON — Acadiana had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh when Live Oak senior pitcher Savannah Hall took over the game.
Hall struck out the next three batters to help Live Oak defeat Acadiana 4-1 in a Class 5A first-round softball playoff game Tuesday.
Hall tossed a three-hitter but gave up two hits in the seventh. Acadiana’s Dorrie Cormier doubled down the left field line, and Aleksis Duplichen hit a single over first base. Hall then struck out Morgan Trahan, Bailey Duhon and Kennedi Smith to end the game with 10 strikeouts.
“Savannah Hall really picks up her game in the later innings,” Live Oak coach Michelle Morris said. “I was nervous playing Acadiana a third time. The girls stepped up.”
No. 5 Live Oak (23-6) will host No. 12 Evangel Christian in a regional game later this week. No. 28 Acadiana (14-14) made the playoffs for the second straight season and loses just one senior.
“Our girls fought hard against a very good Live Oak team,” Acadiana coach Kevin Smith said. “Our bats were a little slow today. We weren’t able to get timely hits. Live Oak has some big sticks, and I think they have a good chance of making the state tournament.”
Live Oak’s leadoff batters had hits in five of the six innings. The Eagles had eight hits, with two coming in the first and second innings. Live Oak scored single runs in the first and second innings and two runs in the fifth.
Hall smashed an RBI double to score Ashton Priester, who opened the game with a single. In the second inning, Cameron Seals doubled and scored on Lindsey Rizzo’s hard-hit single down the third base line.
Live Oak pulled ahead 4-0 in the fifth. Priester singled to left. Lauren Brown and Gisselle Ash drew walks to load the bases. Hall hit a sacrifice to score Priester, and Ash scored on an Acadiana fielding error.
Acadiana scored its run in the top of the sixth inning. Gracie Trahan walked to open the inning. Acadiana’s Jasmine Albarado hit a line drive to Hall for the first out. Hall’s throw to first was errant, and Trahan ran to third base. Sydni Larrievere hit a sacrifice bunt to deep third to score Trahan.
Both teams stranded six base runners.
Acadiana’s outfielders had several key plays. Center fielder Trahan had a diving catch for the third out in the first inning. AHS right fielder Cori Breaux made a catch and nice long throw to third to get Seals out in the fourth inning.
“Our defense really played well over the last three weeks,” Smith said. “We had a tough draw in the playoffs. Hopefully, we can get it going next year.”
Hall improves to 22-5 on the season. Larrievere (7-6) took the loss. Priester and Seals had two hits each for Live Oak.