SULPHUR — Call it Class 3A power play courtesy of District 6-3A.
Top-seeded Parkview Baptist overpowered No. 8 Pine Prairie in one quarterfinal, and Camryn Comeaux hit two home runs to propel sixth-seeded Brusly past No. 3 Jena in another to help open the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 State Softball tournament.
Freshman Taylor Spencer tossed a two-hitter and got plenty of support in the form of 14 hits as Parkview bounced Pine Prairie 9-0 in its quarterfinal. It was a sister act for the other 6-3A rival Brusly as Camryn Comeaux’s home runs gave younger sister Mary-Cathryn Comeaux all the support she needed in a 5-0 win over Jena.
Class 1A’s Ascension Catholic and Catholic-PC also scored quarterfinal victories Friday at Frasch Park, along with Class Holden. Catholic-PC’s 5-0 win over top-seeded Oak Grove was one of the big upsets on the first day the two-day tourney that continues Saturday with quarterfinals starting at 11 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.
Eighth-grader Olivia Lackie made quite a tourney debut with a no-hitter and 18 strikeouts in Holden’s 1-0, eight-inning win over Converse in Class B. Ryann Bizette of Catholic-PC also tossed a two-hitter with six strikeouts.
“I stayed inside a lot with my fastball, and I was able to jam them,” PBS’ Spencer said. “Another thing that worked for me was my change-up.
“When you have a big lead it’s easier to relax. We’ve got to keep swinging the bats and me and Anna (Bordelon, other PBS pitcher) need to do our job.”
Spencer struck out eight for the Eagles (27-8), who play No. 4 Kaplan at 1 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. Brusly (23-13) meets No. 15 Lutcher, a 6-5 winner over No. 6 Caldwell Parish also at 1 p.m.
“On the first home run, I got to a full count, and I was determined not to strike out,” Camryn Comeaux said. “It felt like I just touched the ball with the bat, and I think the wind helped take it out. The second one. … I felt it off the bat. It felt amazing. We were struggling a little bit to get it going. And to give her (Mary-Cathryn) the lead was important.”
Camryn Comeaux’s homer in the fourth inning provided the first run of the game. Her second came in the sixth. Mary-Cathryn Comeaux was just as impressive, tossing a two-hitter and facing only three batters over the minimum.
There was a pitching component for Lutcher (17-13), too. Avarie Louque came on in relief of Brenn Ursin and got the final out on a strikeout with the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh.
“A total team effort,” first-year Lutcher coach Cathy Bland said.
Parkview set the tone early with three runs in the first. Shortstop Nicky Dawson pulled a hamstring during a regional track meet Wednesday but was an impact player Friday. She was 2-for-4 and had a two-RBI single in the sixth.
Leadoff singles by Dawson and Audrey Greely set the table in the first inning. Bordelon’s sacrifice fly scored one run, and Hailey Weems also had an RBI hit in the opening inning.
Louque also had an RBI, while Heidi Schexnayder was 3-for-5 with two RBIs for the Lutcher.
Classes 1A, B, C
ASCENSION CATHOLIC 8, LASALLLE 4: Fourth-seeded Ascension Catholic (19-8) and No. 8 CHSPC (15-11) meet in one of the 1A semifinals at 11 a.m. Saturday.
ACHS managed to bend but not break. The Bulldogs trailed 3-2 through three innings and took the lead with a three-run fourth inning. Abigail Landry and Ceily Grisaffe had hits in the fourth for Ascension Catholic. The Bulldogs also took advantage of a LaSalle error.
CATHOLIC-PC 5, OAK GROVE 0: Blaire Bizette was 3-for-3 and scored two runs for Catholic-PC. Ryann Bizette, who struck out six, added two hits and an RBI. Like Parkview in 3A, CHSPC scored three in the first inning to take control.
After Blaire Bizette drew a leadoff walk, stole second and took third on a passed ball, Katelyn Bellelo had an RBI hit to get the ball rolling for the Hornets.
HOLDEN 1, CONVERSE 0: Converse didn’t have a baserunner after the second inning as Lackie faced just two batters over the minimum.
The second-seeded Rockets (30-3) broke through in the bottom of the eighth when Brianna Reason singled with two outs, took second on an error and scored on a double by Ashley Fogg.
Holden plays third-seeded Oak Hill in another 11 a.m. semifinal.
NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 4, MAUREPAS 3: Maurepas’ Kaylynn Vicknair went for 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs as second-seeded Maurepas (22-6) saw its season end.