SULPHUR — This time, the city of Sulphur was much kinder to Archbishop Hannan.
A year after suffering a 10-run shutout loss last season in the softball quarterfinals at Frasch Park, Hannan was on the other end this time, needing just five innings to beat Rosepine 12-0 in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
“We weren’t going to have a repeat of what happened last year,” junior third baseman Lindsey Osbon said. “We wanted more than just a win; we wanted to make a statement. We played hard and everybody played well. It was a great game. Allie (Hutton) was amazing in the circle, the defense made the plays and it just seemed like everyone was hitting the ball. It all clicked today.”
No. 6 seed Hannan (22-8) advances to Saturday’s noon semifinal to play No. No. 2 Holy Savior Menard. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
It was Menard that handed Hannan a 10-0 loss last year in the semifinals.
“This is amazing that we get another shot at Menard,” Hutton said. “We wanted them to win today because we wanted another shot at those guys. We want a chance to avenge the loss from a season ago, and I believe this team is ready and has the experience to do that.”
Hutton, a sophomore, scattered four hits and had one strikeout to improve to 21-8.
Her teammates gave her all the runs she needed in the second when they scored two runs. Lauren Distefano highlighted the inning with an RBI double.
The Hawks broke the game open in the fifth, pouring on 10 runs.
“We were calm because we weren’t nervous like last year,” said Osbon, who had a double. “We know we belong here.”
Distefano finished with two doubles and an RBI.
“We are extremely excited about the chance to play Menard again,” Osbon said. “You couldn’t have written the story any better. We wanted them to win so we could play them again. We are heading into the game with a tremendous amount of confidence.”
Shaye Tredinich had a double and two RBIs for the Hawks.
“This game was extremely fun,” Hutton said. “We won. That was, of course, the best part. I think we played really well, but I still think our best game may still be coming (Saturday). We played amazing today, but I still think we can play better.”
Rosepine, the No. 3 seed, finished 22-5.
Lutcher 6, Caldwell 5: Lutcher scored four runs in the sixth to pad its lead, then held on in the seventh to advance to the Class 3A semifinals.
Avarie Louque came on to pitch with two outs and ended the game with a strikeout.
No. 15 Lutcher (23-6) advances to Saturday’s 1 p.m. semifinal to play No. 6 Brusly.
No. 1 Parkview Baptist and No. 4 Kaplan will play in the other semifinal, with the championship game set for 7 p.m.
Heidi Schexneyder had three singles and a pair of RBIs for Lutcher, which led 6-2 after six innings.