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LeBlanc leads charge against 1A state champs

Written by John Dupont on .

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On paper, a softball showdown betweetn two defending state championns had the makings of a fierce battle.

Defending Class 1A champion Catholic-Pointe Coupee brought to the field a team that coasted through most of its competition en route to a 16-1 record.

Class 3A state champion Brusly also dominated foes with a large crop of returning starters who led the Lady Panthers to a 21-2 record.

It didn't play out that way Monday. A breakdown in the sixth inning and a no-hitter by Carli Jo LeBlanc helped Brusly shut out CHSPC 8-0 at Mayeux Field.

LeBlanc, who has worked through circulatory problems with her arm this season, struck out 12 Lady Hornets over five innings.

She improved to 12-2 for the season.

"I'm actually feeling good right now," LeBlanc said. "I had to get a lot of rest after Friday -- just stay home, not do anything, let the swelling go down and the blood flow get right."

LeBlanc set the pace in the top of the first when she struck out Auburn commitment Blaire Bass and the next two at-bat to send back CHSPC.

"Pitching-wise, the idea was to jump on the opponent early and knock them off pace at the start," she said. "I was gunning for Bass because she was the best batter, and that affected their confidence for the rest of the game."

Lady Hornet pitcher Carly Bello held off Brusly in the first with one runner left on base when Carlie Comeaux singled on a bunt.

Claire Daigle broke loose in the second with a double to left which tacked two runs for the Lady Panthers. She batted home Kaitlyn David, who walked, and Madison LaPrarie, who singled.

Bello -- who filled in for injured starter Ryan Bizette -- held off the Lady Panthers much of the game, allowing the two-run lead to remain through the fifth frame.

Daigle and Comeaux combined in the sixth to slam the door shut on CHSPC.

A Daigle one-bagger drove in two runs, while Comeaux smacked a bases-loaded double that stacked three more runs.

Two Lady Hornet errors loaded the bases after a two-run single by Johnette Fitzgerald put the finishing touch on the win.

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