The Lakeshore softball team picked the wrong time to play one of its worst defensive games of the season.
No. 15-seeded Lakeshore couldn’t overcome eight errors, which led to eight unearned runs, as No. 18 Vandebilt Catholic defeated the Titans 11-2 in a first-round playoff game of the Class 4A playoffs Tuesday night.
Vandebilt (17-12) advances to take on No. 2 West Ouachita in the regional round. Lakeshore finished the season 18-11.
“As a coaching staff, you could sense the nervousness before the game and in the first inning,” Lakeshore coach Jennie Jones said. “Our team seemed nervous, and we made some errors that normally we are all over. At the plate, we just didn’t put it together today.
“We just waited to try to come back, and it didn’t happen.”
Pushing across four unearned runs in the first inning, Cassie Bouquet led off the inning with a walk and stole second base. With one out, Mackenzie Rousseau singled. After courtesy runner Catherine Fairchild stole second base, starting pitcher Tracy Mashaw forced Gabby Gauthreaux into a groundout. Retiring Gauthreaux at first base, Bouquet scored after first baseman Katie Gunter’s throw went wide, which also allowed Fairchild to score.
After Kennedy Barras doubled, Maria Lirette reached on Lakeshore’s second error, allowing Barras to score. Alyssa Fister singled, moving Lirette to third base, and she scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
That’s all the runs Rousseau would need in the circle. The senior picked up the complete-game win, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out five.
“It gave me a tremendous amount of confidence knowing before I even threw my first pitch that we are up 4-0,” Rousseau said. “Credit to my defense for working hard and making all the plays behind me tonight.
“Offensively we put the ball in play. That’s what we do. We made Lakeshore make the plays. As an offense, that is all you try to do.”
Lakeshore pushed across single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Sam Conley led off the fourth with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With one out, she advanced to third on a Katie Gunther groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Gunter followed two innings later with an RBI single that score Conley to cut the Terrier lead to 10-2.
Conley and Gunther finished as Lakeshore’s leading hitters, combining to go 4-for-6 with an RBI.
“We were nervous at first,” Conley said. “But we fought threw it the best we could. We just had a bad inning and couldn’t recover from it. Losing is frustrating in general, but knowing we couldn’t bring it when we needed to was even more frustrating.”
Tracy Mashaw took the loss, allowing six runs (one earned) on five hits. She struck out two and walked two.