LUTCHER – The Port Allen Lady Pelicans can stake claim to a second consecutive showing in the Class 3A softball playoffs, but the run ended in the first round.
The No. 26 seeded Lady Pelicans fell 14-0 in five innings against No. 7 seeded Lutcher in action Monday in St. James Parish.
Port Allen ended its season 9-21, while District 8-3A champ Lutcher improved to 21-10 and 5-0.
It was a tough afternoon for the Lady Pels, who were held hitless and committed six errors. Lutcher pitcher Brenn Ursin chalked 11 strikeouts and allowed no walks.
“Many people may say we could’ve done better, but considering the leaps and bounds we have made this season through adversity and injuries, I’ll take it,” Fairchild wrote on Facebook the night after the loss. “Our pitcher, Laura Morgan, and our catcher, Jamie Perkins, had their best defensive games of the season by far in today’s game. Our young ones are learning and correcting the little mistakes and we are making contact with the ball.”
Port Allen held Lutcher to two runs in the first inning and only one in the second.
The Lady Bulldogs broke the lead wide open in the fourth with a run off a line drive single, followed by three unearned runs off errors for 7-0 lead.
Port Allen’s misfortunes multiplied in the fourth when Lutcher stretched its lead with two runs on a single, two on a double and three off walks.
Ursin struck out the Lady Pelicans 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth to end the game.
“To think we played no one big last season, played No. 9 in state and got 15 runs ruled in three innings, and then we held No. 7 tonight, I’m very happy,” Fairchild wrote. “We drop to 2A next year and I can’t wait to see what our ladies end up accomplishing then.”