In the history of the Brusly High School softball program, there have been many teams made up of talented athletes. There have been three state championships and awards after awards, but ask the coaches, ask the players, ask their parents and they will all say:
“This year’s team is something special.”
“I can’t explain it, but you can see it and feel it every time they hit the field,” Michelle David, mother of senior player Karli David said.
The team made quick work of visiting team New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy in the first playoff round, defeating them 21-0 in five innings on Monday, April 17. The team scored 17 runs in the first inning alone.
The Lady Panthers host the second round of the playoffs against No. 17 Kaplan High at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20.
The Lady Panthers finished out the regular season last week ranked number one in the state with their 27-4 record.
They also have an undefeated record in District 6-3A play.
“Their work ethic, the attitude – They are just a great group of girls to be around,” Brusly head coach Beau Bouvier said. “It is hard to pinpoint exactly where our success has come from because we have won in so many different ways.”
On Tuesday, April 12, Brusly hosted Doyle High School, beating them 5-3 on their celebratory Senior Night.
Brusly took the lead early on when Londyn Wininger (1-for-3, 1 RBI) drove in Angel Bradford (2-for-3, 2 runs) when she doubled in the second inning.
Two more runs came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kristen Hayslett singled, then advanced to 2nd on an error and was driven home when Kyana Thymes (3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) singled. Thymes then scored on double from David (1-for-4, 1 RBI).
The Lady Panthers held Doyle scoreless until the sixth inning when pitcher Mary-Cathryn Comeaux ran into a little trouble giving up two singles and a double. Comeaux made it out of the inning and finished out the game for the win. She only gave up six hits in the game and struck out seven. #2 took the loss for Doyle.
With the game tied at 3, in the bottom of the sixth, Bradford singled and was driven home by a bunt by Ariana Cipriano (1-for-2, 1 run, 1 RBI). Hayslett then sacrificed to score Cipriano for the 5-3 lead.
The regular season was wrapped up on Wednesday when the Lady Panthers traveled to Dutchtown High School, defeating them 10-4.
Brusly took the lead in the second inning, and never gave it up, scoring first when Baylee Weems (2-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 runs) scored on Bradford’s line drive double to left field. Bradford (3-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 runs) then scored on an error.
Two more runs came in the third inning when, running for Comeaux, Hayslett scored on a ground out from David (1-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBI). Gabby Mancuso then drove in Thymes with a sacrifice fly to center.
Comeaux hit the mound for Brusly for the second game in a row giving up just one run in the first six innings.
Brusly scored five more runs in the fifth inning thanks to singles by Cipriano (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 run), Weems, Young (1-for-3, 1 RBI).
Dutchtown was able to score three runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the Lady Panthers’ big fifth inning.
Comeaux got the win after tossing all seven innings, surrendering six hits, four runs, and striking out five.