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Port Allen softball seeing big wins on freshman arm

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Port Allen’s Lady Pels seven-game winning streak ended this weekend after a loss to Hanson Memorial.

“You can’t win everything, but I think it was a very good confidence boost for us,” said Port Allen’s softball coach Alisha Butler. “It really helped us get ready for district and pumped up the girls.”

Tuesday, the Lady Pels beat Northeast 21-2 after just three innings.

“We played really well, came home, and began preparing for Family Christian Academy,” said Coach Butler.

The team’s preparations resulted in another huge win, with a major 26-5 victory over Family Christian Academy Thursday, just in time for their weekend tournament.

Port Allen was 2-2 at their hosted tournament.

Freshman pitcher Kailey Arnold pitched all four games. The girls launched their Lady Pelican Classic Tournament with an 11-5 victory Friday over McKinley followed by a 16-2 loss to 1A Hanson Memorial.

“They’re a really good team,” said Butler. “Last year, they were the 10th seed at state.”

Saturday, the Lady Pels were defeated by Livonia 8-1.

“We weren’t playing as hard as we could,” said Butler. Senior Elexus Hatten hit an in-the-park home run against the Wildcats. The team wrapped up their tournament with a 14-4 win against Tara.

“I think the girls have realized that they have a chance to go to the playoffs,” said Bulter. “But we have to play as hard as we can to achieve that goal. I think it’s an obtainable goal, but they’ll have to give it their all to do it.”

This week, the team will begin with a Monday game at St. Michael followed by a Wednesday game at Livonia.

“We want to show Livonia our true colors, effort, and potential,” said Coach Butler. “It’s an opportunity for the team to show me what they can do, and we hope to come out on top.”

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