SULPHUR – Shelby Thompson scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to lift Archbishop Hannan to the Division II state finals with a 9-8 victory over Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson jumped out to a 4-0 lead early and owned a 4-3 advantage after four innings.
Thomas Jefferson extended its lead to two runs entering the sixth inning when Hannan plated five runs to take an 8-5 lead.
But Thomas Jefferson battled back to tie it up at 8-8 with three runs in the top of the seventh. But Thompson singled to reach base and eventually came around to score to send Hannan to the finals.
Tiffany Baugh got the win for Hannan as she struck out 10 batters. Thompson was one of four Hannan players with two hits, joining Alex Dale, Cheyenne Jenkins and Jenna Armstrong in that category. Dale and Armstrong each had two RBIs as well.
Aubrynn Arcement suffered the loss for Thomas Jefferson, but sh had two hits, including a home run, along with two runs scored. Oscha Carter added a hit and two runs scored for Thomas Jefferson.
St. Thomas More…5
Hailey Peterson blasted a three-run homer in the top of the fifth, lifting Haynes Academy to a 7-5 upset win over St. Thomas More in the Division II semifinals on Friday at Frasch Park.
Peterson earned the win in the circle as well, throwing five innings. Teammate Abby St. Cyr had two hits and an RBI, while Dayla Claverie had a home run among her two hits.
Anjahnelle Townsend was tagged with the loss for St. Thomas More. Madison Preheat led the offense with a pair of hits, while A’kili Greene added a hit and run scored
DIVISION IV SEMIFINALS
Blaire Bizerte fired a three-hitter, while teammate Hannah Dugas had two home runs and four RBIs as Catholic-Pointe Coupee ripped Ascension Christian in the Division IV semifinals on Friday, 13-1.
Bizette struck out six and walked one to get the win. She also had a homer and two RBIs, while Isabel Guerin had two doubles among her three hits with four RBIs. Maddie Jarreau also had three hits for Catholic-PC.
Hallie Dupre, Maddie Dixon and Skye Fontenot each had a hit in the loss for Ascension Christian.
Calvary Baptist blasted four home runs as the Lady Cavaliers smacked Riverside Academy in a Division IV semifinal on Friday, 13-3.
Riley Walker earned the win for Calvary, striking out nine in five innings. She also had a home run and finished with a pair of hits. Ramsey Walker homered twice and drove in four runs and D.J. Lynch homered as she had three hits.
Emily Vickanir suffered the loss pitching, while Corrin Cashie provided a highlight for Riverside by smashing a home run.
CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS
Jamesia Jones cracked a three-run homer to lead Jena to a 6-4 victory over Sterlington in a Class 3A semifinal at Frasch Park on Friday.
Alli Brunson earned the win pitching for Jena, while teammate Cayla Decker came in for the save. Cydnee Parker had two hits for the Lady Giants.
Katie Lee Haynes took the loss for Sterlington as she had a double and an RBI offensively. Hope Tucker had a double and two RBIs for the Lady Panthers.
Arlee Darbonne was solid in the circle, while Kamryn Howard and Calee Guillory each homered as Iowa knocked off top-ranked Grant in the Class 3A semifinals on Friday, 11-5.
Howard homered and doubled as she drove in a run for Iowa, while Kamryn Broussard had two hits and three RBIs. Ana Alexander added three hits and three runs scored.
McKenna Howell suffered the loss as she lasted less than two innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits. Offensively, she had three hits, while teammates Madelyn Rachal and Emily McGehee both hit home runs.
SULPHUR – Elise Jones singled home the lone run of the game with one out in the bottom of the eighth to propel Doyle to a 1-0 win over Rosepine in a Class 2A semifinal game Friday at Frasch Park in the LHSAA state softball tournament.
It was a pitcher’s duel from the start as Doyle’s Marley Olivier and Rosepine’s Chloe Bennett were masterful in the circle.
Rosepine was able to get its leadoff batter on in three innings, moving them into scoring position only to be stranded a several base-running snafus, the last time coming in the fifth inning.
Doyle had an opportunity to score late in regulation, but Bennett kept Rosepine in the game with strikeout after strikeout.
But in the bottom of the eighth, Doyle got a double from Addison Contorno and she moved to third on an error. Rosepine opted to place the next two batters on base to load the bases with one out.
Jones, who had struck out three previous times, lined a single to the outfield, scoring Contorno from third to move into the Class 2A finals.
Olivier allowed only five hits and struck out four. Kaitlyn Savant, Olivier and Shelby Taylor each had hits.
Bennett struck out 16 in the loss and had one of Rosepine’s five hits. Calyn Brister, Jenna Marler, Shelby Deason and Ashlynn Smith also had hits in the contest.
Top-ranked Many pounded out seven extra-base hits, including a game-ending three-run homer in the fifth by Kaley Koss, to post a 16-5 win Friday over French Settlement in the other Class 2A semifinal.
Tia Holmes surrendered five runs on seven hits, but made up for it offensively with three hits and two RBIs. Koss was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Brook Jenkins had two hits and four RBIs. Sara Kate Booker, Camryn Ford, Jada Carhee and Makynli Miller all had two hits for Many.
Emma Petite took the loss for French Settlement, giving up nine runs on nine hits. Petite led her team offensively with two hits and a run scored, while Claire Cullen had two hits and two runs scored. Blair Henderson drove in two runs.
CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS
A run in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as North DeSoto edged Neville in a Class 4A semifinal on Friday in Sulphur, 3-2.
Laney Johnson gave up two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts for North DeSoto, while teammate Mia Norwood had a double and an RBI. Aly Delafield had a hit and an RBI, while Landry Price had a hit and run scored.
Addie Nickelson gave up three runs on five hits and did not strike out any batters. K.K. Worsham had two hits and two RBIs, while Emma Carter added three hits.
Gracie Bellard homered, while teammate Mallory Pitre struck out 13 as Beau Chene blanked Tioga, 8-0.
Bellard was 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and two RBIs, while Kaitlyn Dickey had a hit and three RBIs. Pitre surrendered only two hits in the shutout, while collecting two hits of her own.
Kairah Williams suffered the loss for Tioga, while Christina Lambert and Chelsea Coker each had a hit.
CLASS 5A SEMIFINALS
Airline scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh as it held on for a 2-1 Class 5A semifinal win over West Monroe.
Raelin Chaffin gave up one run on three hits with 14 strikeouts, while also hitting a solo homer. Jina Baffuto had a hit and an RBI in the contest.
Maddie Nichols had nine strikeouts in the loss as the only run for West Monroe came from a homer by Maddie Hayden.
Barbe pitcher Halie Pappion gave up three runs on eight hits, while Pineville counterpart Emily Collins surrendered nine hits in a 6-3 win by the Lady Bucs in a Class 5A semifinals game Friday afternoon.
Kyjah Fontenot had four hits and three RBIs for Barbe, while Kiley Dehart had two hits and an RBI.
Collins suffered the loss for Pineville, but Cortlynne Bennett smacked a home run in the loss.