Port Allen’s Lady Pels were on fire Tuesday against Family Christian Academy. The Pelicans more than doubled the Flames’ score with a final of 31-14.
“A few of the starters had missed practice the day before, and normally, we can’t start someone unless they come to practice,” said Lady Pels Head Coach Alisha Butler.
Sophomore Stephanie Sumrall stepped up and pitched for the Lady Pels. “She did very well,” said Coach Butler. “She didn’t cave under pressure.”
In the first two innings, with three starters sitting out, the Pelicans fell behind. The girls pleaded with coach to do whatever she needed to do in order to get the team ahead.
“The girls wanted to work together as a team and they understood the consequences of their actions,” said Butler.
In the third inning, after a few adjustments, normal starting pitcher Kailee Arnold took the mound and the Lady Pels soared.
In just the third inning alone, the Lady Pels scored 19 runs.
The team wasn’t short on top batters against Family Christian. Jada Martin hit an in park homerun and had two RBI. Tristan Jeansonne had two doubles and three RBI. Alesha Murphy hit a double and a triple. Elexus Hatten had a double, and Stephanie Sumrall had two RBI. Freshmen Jamie Perkins and Hannah Daigle also got in on the action and came out swinging, as Perkins hit a triple and had two RBI, while Daigle had three RBI.
“I’m very proud of them, especially with the comeback,” said Coach Alisha Butler. “It really boosted the team’s morale in preparation for district.”
The big win was short lived, though, as the Lady Pels’ first district game of the season ended in a 20-1 loss Thursday against Parkview, Coach Butler’s alma mater.
“It was a good feeling coming back,” said Butler. The Lady Eagles’ coach, Ashlee Ducote, was once Butler’s basketball coach.
“We didn’t perform to the best of our ability,” said Coach Butler. “In the first inning, we played like a team and in sync, but we still have a lot to work on. Freshman Kailee Arnold was able to hit our one and only run of the game. I was proud of her for stepping up and making a big hit.”
This week, Port Allen’s softball team will travel to West Feliciana Tuesday to face the Saints at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Lady Pels will play at St. James at 4:30 p.m., and Friday at home against Erath at 6 p.m.
“We have a chance of winning all three,” said Coach Butler. “The team’s really excited and motivated.”