SULPHUR — Some skeptics probably dismissed Catholic-Pointe Coupee as a title-game hopeful when the LHSAA released its softball playoff pairings a couple of weeks ago.
The eighth-seeded Hornets took some lumps while playing a challenging schedule that included lots of teams from higher classifications.
Catholic-PC proved seeding was just a number by running away with an 8-3 victory over St. Mary of Natchitoches in the Class 1A title game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament Saturday night at Frasch Park.
“I don’t think we were expected to do anything,” coach Lauren Castle Doucet said. “From what we gathered from reading newspaper clips up in the Shreveport and Monroe areas where there’s Cedar Creek and Oak Grove, the belief was those two were going to come in here and win.
“I think we kind of slipped in under the rug. Nobody expected us. We played some of the toughest competition, and these girls just hammered down. We had seven new starters, and we had some rough patches. We told the girls keep your mind right and stay focused on the goal and this was it.”
It’s the second 1A title in four years for the Hornets of New Roads (17-11), who also won in 2013 on the same field. Sixth-seeded St. Mary finished 23-10.
Pitcher Ryann Bizette was voted title-game MVP. She had just one strikeout — a called third strike to end the game. Bizette yielded 11 hits but also was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
“We worked our butts off to get here, and this is so exciting,” Bizette said. “All the stars kind of lined up.”
Catholic-PC scored quickly. Leadoff hitter Blaire Bizette reached on an infield single and stole second. Two illegal pitch calls against St. Mary pitcher Meredith Matt brought Bizette in to score.
Sarah Welch walked, Kenedie Richardson reached on a fielder’s choice and Ryann Bizette’s double down the left-field line scored both runners. Abbey Devillier’s single to right scored Bizette to make it 4-0 before the Tigers ever got a chance to swing the bat.
In the second, the Hornets scored another run when Welch singled, stole second and scored on Katelyn Bellelo’s double to right.
St. Mary got back in contention with two runs in the third. Maddy Matt singled, stole second and took third on Ragan Hale’s bunt single. She scored on a bunt single by Olivia Miller, and Hale scored on Reagan Davis’s ground out.
But the gap the Tigers thought they were closing quickly expanded again. Bellelo’s two-run single gave the Hornets a 7-2 lead in the fourth, and Blaire Bizette’s RBI double made it 8-2 in the fifth.