Ursuline’s softball team had a big weapon that aided its win over Plaquemine in the regional round of the Class 4A playoffs.
That was pitcher Meta Hight, who threw 14 strikeouts and held the visiting Green Devils to one hit en route to a 6-0 win Friday.
The Lions’ (21-9) next opponent is West Ouachita, which defeated Cabrini. The two will play at 4 p.m. Friday at Sulphur’s Frasch Park in a state tournament quarterfinal.
“I try to stay relaxed and not really think about anything but the next pitch,” Hight said. “The hitters from the other team were adjusting to my pitching from the first time they hit to the second time they came around. They would stand in different places. I had to adjust my pitches to where they were standing. It was difficult.”
Hight, who pitched a complete game, also went 1-for-3 with one run.
She wasn’t the only weapon for Ursuline as Emily Cotton went 3-for-3 and had two RBIs.
The only hit for Plaquemine (17-10) came from pitcher Mallory Perrault, who went the distance, allowed nine hits, and struck out two. Perrault’s hit was a fourth-inning single.
For Ursuline coach Steve Dickey, Hight was the perfect pick to pitch Friday’s game.
“The story of the game is Meta Hight,” Dickey said. “There’s no question in my mind. I talked to her yesterday about pitching in this game, just a little bit, to see how she felt. I felt really good after talking to her.
“She seemed incredibly confident and relaxed. That’s a good thing for her. When she’s confident and relaxed, she throws the ball very well.”
In the first inning, two of the first three Plaquemine hitters struck out.
The Lions scored two runs in the first. Cotton’s two-RBI single to right field scored Jenna Jurisich and Bailey Roe for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ursuline’s Christie Cutrer delivered a bases-loaded hit to left field that scored Maddie Avery, Jurisich and Emma Remetich to extend the lead to 5-0.
The Lions got their last run in the sixth inning when Roe’s double scored Jurisich.
Plaquemine coach Mary Gaye David gave credit to Hight, and also said her team was undisciplined at the plate
“Give all the credit to Ursuline,” David said. “They did what they had to do to win the game, and we didn’t. You can’t beat anybody when you don’t score a run. We got up there, and we chased pitches outside of the strike zone. We chased them high. We chased them outside. We just didn’t do anything we needed to do to win. We were not disciplined in the box.
“Not to take anything away from their pitcher, she did a great job. We didn’t put a bat on the ball.”
Despite ending the game with the loss in regionals, David said her team showed improvement.
“We had a good season overall,” she said. “At the end of the season, we kind of turned it on a little bit, matured a little bit and kind of came together. Obviously, this is not how we wanted it to end, but the fact we did reach the regional round is a step up for us.”
The future is bright for the Green Devils with no seniors on this year’s team.