Starting pitcher throws a perfect game and you finish it in three innings.
Talk about the perfect start to the postseason.
No. 7 Northshore easily defeated No. 26 Thibodaux 15-0 in three innings Monday afternoon in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs. The game was called in three innings because of the mercy rule.
The Panthers (21-5) advance to take on the winner of No. 10 Natchitoches Central and No. 23 Fontainebleau, who are schedule to face off Tuesday afternoon.
Batting in only two innings, Northshore sent an impressive 23 batters to the plate.
The Panthers pushed across five runs on only one hit in the first inning. Emma McCormick would score on an error, Sydney Tycer drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and designated player Kiera Coulon knocked in two more with a two-run single.
Northshore broke the game wide open in the second inning, exploding for 10 runs on seven hits. McCormick, Alyssa West and Alora McInnis each had two-run doubles and starting pitcher Montana Young drove in another run when she was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
“The hitting kind of gets contagious,” West said. “Once that first one falls, it seems like everyone else catches on and we start bunching together hits. As an offense, that is what you try to do because that is how you can score runs in bunches.”
Mallory Suberville had the big hit of the inning for the Panthers. The senior catcher smacked a two-run home run in her second at bat of the inning to give her team the 15-run advantage needed to end the game after three innings.
“We have looked forward all season to what happens next,” McInnis said. “One of the biggest goals of this team has been to make it to the state tournament in Sulphur. We will have the chance to do it later this week and do it at home.”
Suberville echoed her teammate’s sentiments.
“Northshore hasn’t been to the state tournament in I believe over 20 years,” she said. “We are going to get the chance to change that later this week. I am going to do whatever is needed of me to help my teammates accomplish that goal.”
Young was nearly unhittable in her brief three innings of work. Striking out six, Thibodaux only managed to put the ball in play once each inning as the right-hander came away with the perfect game.
“When you get the kind of offensive production I got in this game it makes your job a whole lot easier,” Young said. “I just had to throw strikes and allow my defense to do its job.”