Beck leads Ascension Catholic to 1A finals, Cedar Creek knocks out state champs _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Ascension Catholic's Raeshaun Melancon bats against Central Catholic Saturday during the Class 1A semifinal in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — It was all about the numbers. Just not the seeding numbers as third-seeded Ascension Catholic and No. 12 Cedar Creek posted semifinals wins in Class 1A on Saturday at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Softball Championships.

Julia Beck was the story for ACHS in its 5-0 victory over second-seeded Central Catholic-Morgan City (27-4). The sophomore pitcher allowed just one hit, a seventh-inning single by Gee Garrett, and struck out 12 with three walks. She also had a three-RBI double that gave the Bulldogs (27-3) a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Meanwhile, Central Creek (17-12) compiled 13 hits in its 7-4 victory over top-seeded defending state champion Catholic-Pointe Coupee (24-4) in the other 1A semifinal.

Winning pitcher Caley Pyles was 2-for-4 with two RBIs; Nicole Brashear also was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

“Julia came in the mindset that she knew she couldn’t afford to have any off innings,” ACHS coach Brandi Hahn said. “I’m very proud of the way we performed.”

Bailey Amedee had a solo home run in the sixth for the Bulldogs. Katelyn Mistretta was 2-for-3 and Maggie Blanchard 2-for-4 for ACHS.

Cedar Creek pulled raced in front 5-0 in the fourth inning of its semifinal with Catholic-PC with two contributing to the surge. The Hornets cut made it a one-run game by scoring once in the fourth and three times in the fifth. Pyles retired six of the final seven batters she faced to close out the game. Brashear had an RBI hit in the sixth and Katelin Cooper added an RBI hit in the seventh for CCHS.

Claire Roy was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for CHSPC. Blaire Bass finished 2-for-4 with a triple for the Hornets.

“It was the old snowball effect,” CHSPC coach Lauren Doucet said of the fourth inning. “They (Cedar Creek) did what they were supposed to do, they put the ball in play.”