SULPHUR — Brusly softball coach Beau Bouvier got an early birthday gift from his team during the weekend.
The Lady Panthers won all three games in the Sulphur Tournament at Frasch Park.
Brusly (7-2) outscored its opposition 39-2 in the round robin event. In the process, the Lady Panthers made a statement loud and clear.
“When we left, we made sure to remember this place,” said Bouvier, who celebrated his birthday Monday. “This is where we want to be at the end of the season.”
The 2012 memories remain bittersweet for the Panthers, who missed out on a 3A championship game after a loss in extra innings to eventual state titlist Buckeye.
Last year’s misfortune seemed like a distant memory. The Lady Panthers belted Ascension Catholic 15-0, walloped Westlake 15-2 and blanked Sulphur 9-0.
Akiya Thymes, Carli Jo LeBlanc and Shelby Fleming each went4 2 for-3 with two runs to power the Lady Panthers, who were set to begin 7-3A action Tuesday against E.D. White.
Camryn Comeaux finished 1 for 2 with two runs, while Madison LaPrairie also reached home twice.
LeBlanc had a double and four RBIs.
Winning pitcher Christen Gaudet – who had two RBIs – allowed five hits and walked three.
LeBlanc and Fleming also had doubles against Westlake. LeBlanc finished with four RBIs, while Gaudet had two. LaPrairie, Claire Daigle, Jade Fitzgerald and C. Comeaux also had RBIS.
Gaudet also claimed the win against Westlake.
“We played well this weekend,” Bouvier said. “We’re hitting on all areas – pitching is good, defense is good and our hitting is good.”
The Lady Panthers still can’t afford to rest on their laurels, Bouvier said.
“It’s still early in the season, and we still have a ways to go to improve,” he said. “We start district with E.D. White, and they’ll be ready for us. We battled them the last couple of years, and it’s always tough to play there. They’ll give us their best.”
LeBlanc struck out six in a no-hitter against 1A power Ascension Catholic. She walked one.
Carli Jo LeBlanc also smacked home, a double and drove in four runs. Lanisha Taylor also had a double and four RBIs.
Comeaux went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs, while Akiya Thymes was 2-for-4 with two hits and three runs.
Kaitlyn David was 2-for-4 with two runs.
Brusly follows E.D. White with a trip to St. James for district action Thursday.
The Lady Panthers stay on the road for a trip to Shreveport for the Byrd High School Tournament this weekend.
Brusly locks up with Byrd on Friday, faces Evangel and Haughton on Saturday.
St. Joseph’s Academy and Barbe were also scheduled for the tourney.
“We beefed up our schedule this year,” Bouvier said. “This weekend should give us some of the toughest three games we’ve played all year back to back to back.
“We have to be ready for these,” he said. “Otherwise, it might not be a good weekend. But we’re ready, and our girls are up to the challenge.”
Brusly will follow with its home tournament the following weekend at Alexander Park. The Lady Panthers dropped games to Riverside and Airline in a six-team tourney at BHS last month.
“We never do well in our own tournaments,” Bouvier said. “We always struggle at home, but we lost to two good teams.”