The Brusly Lady Panthers closed out a weekend of softball with a 5-3 win over Acadiana High School on Saturday, March 2.
The win was a welcomed one after having dropped the previous two games at the Youngsville Sports Complex earlier in the two-day tournament.
“We played three really tough teams,” Brusly head coach Beau Bouvier said. “I’m proud of the girls for their effort though, especially for coming back and winning that last game.”
Brusly was down 2-0 in the Saturday evening game, when a big 3rd inning gave them five runs to take the lead.
Mary-Cathryn Comeaux (2-for-3, 1 RBI) homered on the first pitch of her at bat after Kameryn Adkins and Demi Smith scored on errors for the first three runs. With two outs, Baylee Weems singled on a ground ball to left field to score Caroline Gassie, followed by another single from Angel Bradford (2-for-3, 1 RBI) to score Gabrielle Mancuso (2-for-3, 1 run).
Comeaux took the mound for the Lady Panthers and pitched all seven innings. She struck out eight and gave up six hits.
Saturday’s morning game got out of hand for Brusly in the first inning when Sam Houston put four runs on the board.
The only run for the Lady Panthers game when Mancuso hit a sacrifice grounder to score Kyana Thymes (1-for-3, 1 run).
Brusly’s offense was unable to score again. And the defense struggled to stop Sam Houston’s offense, allowing them a run in each of the next four innings.
Saylor Young took the loss for the Lady Panthers. Young allowed five hits and eight runs over six innings. She struck out three.
Friday evening’s game against Mandeville High came down to the last play of the game. Unfortunately for Brusly, they were on the wrong end of a 6-5 defeat.
Brusly led 5-3 after six innings.
With bases loaded in the first, Mancuso reached 1st base on an error scoring Jordyn Patrick.
In the fourth inning, Ariana Cipriano hit a triple, then was sent home with a sacrifice hit from Weems. Smith then followed with a two-run home run for a 4-1 lead.
The last Brusly score came in the sixth inning when Adkins hit a line drive to left field to score Weems.
A homerun by Mandeville inched them closer to the Lady Panthers in the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Brusly was one play away from a 5-3 win, but a sacrifice fly scored a fourth run for Mandeville, followed by a fifth run to tie the game on a Brusly error.
With Weems waiting on third base, the Lady Panthers were unable to get a hit to send her home. A line drive to center from Mandeville put them over the top.
“We made mistakes that cost us the first two games,” Coach Bouvier said, “but these games will help us in the future.”