The Brusly Lady Panthers took a page from baseball great Yogi Berra last week when they proved ‘it ain’t over til’ it’s over’.
Things looked bleak in the top of the seventh when 7-3A rival St. Charles led by one run, but the Lady Panthers found their way into a tie and 4-3 win in extra innings.
“These girls just don’t quit,” Brusly head coach Beau Bouvier said. “They’re a team that plays to win.”
Christen Gaudet – courtesy runner for Carlie Comeaux – reached home in the bottom of the eighth for the win.
Comeaux (2-for-2) reached base on a single.
St. Charles threatened in the top of the eighth with a hit and a walk before Carli Jo LeBlanc (10-1) threw a strikeout to retire the side.
“I knew I had to do that,” she said. “There was no way I could let them take the lead again.”
“You can’t give a team like St. Charles a chance to get back into the ballgame,” Bouvier said. “That strikeout was huge for us.”
The win kept Brusly in first place of the District 7-3A race.
Brusly (19-2) visits St. Charles for a second-round battle March 28.
The Lady Panthers followed the win over St. Charles with two wins over Donaldsonville in a 7-3A doubleheader Thursday.
Brusly outscored the Lady Tigers 32-0 over a mere six innings and allowed only one hit in the process.
Christen Gaudet improved to 4-1 at the mound for BHS.
Brusly built a 14-0 lead in the first inning against Donaldsonville, which finished with six errors.
Kaitlin David went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI. Shelby Fleming was 2-for-2 with two runs, a double and two RBIs.
Things were no better for DHS in Game 2.
Camryn Comeaux chalked her first win at the mound. She allowed Donaldsonville one hit.
The Lady Panthers led 15-0 in the first inning and tacked on two more runs in the second. Keely Martin finished 2-for-2 with a triple, RBI and stolen base. Kelsey Parker was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.
TOURNAMENT … The Lady Panthers won their pool in the BHS Tournament at Alexander Park during the weekend.
BHS posted a win over 1A quarterfinalist False River Academy in Game 1 and followed with a 15-1 rout over Loranger. The Lady Panthers toppled Assumption 11-3 and Lakeshore 19-5 on Saturday.
Other Friday action: E.D. White 10, Rayne 5 Westminster 9, French Settlement 1 Morgan City 6, Franklinton 2 Albany 9, Assumption 4 Brusly 20, Lakeshore 5 Hannan 10, St. John 0 Sumner 16, St. Thomas Aquinas 1 Loranger 10, St. Michael 0 Brusly 9, False River 1 Notre Dame 5, Parkview 1 Plaquemine 16, Livonia 3 Loranger 6, Lakeshore 2
Saturday scores: False River 8, Assumption 1 … Westminster 10, Rayne 2 … Albany 6, St. John 0 … Hannan 11, St. Michael 1 … Livonia 10, St. Thomas Aquinas 0 … E.D. White 21, French Settlement 0 … Plaquemine 15, Sumner 5 …Parkview 10, Franklinton 0 … Notre Dame 7, Morgan City 1 … False River 17, Lakeshore 2 …Westminster 16, E.D. White 2 … St. John 16, St. Michael 0 … Rayne 11, French Settlement 1 … Hannan 7, Albany 1 … Notre Dame 16, Franklinton 1 … Parkview 6, Morgan City 0 … Livonia 9, Sumner 6 … Plaquemine 17 St. Thomas Aquinas 1.
Other pool winners were Notre Dame, Class 1A state champion Hannan, Westminster and Plaquemine.
COMING UP … Brusly entertains Port Allen at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Lady Panthers visit Denham Springs at 6 p.m. Friday and host St. James at 5 p.m. Tuesday.