A couple of St. Tammany Parish District 6-5A softball teams ran into trouble yesterday in the opening round of the LHSAA State playoffs, while the Ponchatoula Lady Green Wave, the No. 18 seed advanced earning a 7-5 victory over No. 15 Natchitoches Central. Ponchatoula advances to the regional round and will travel to No. 2 Mt. Carmel, a 10-0 victor over No. 31 H. L. Bourgeois.
The No. 17 seed Fontainebleau Lady Bulldogs, a tri-district champ with Ponchatoula and Northshore’s Lady Panthers, didn’t have their ‘A’ game as they fell to No. 16 Barbe 12-2 in six innings yesterday on the road. Barbe’s Lexie Heisser homered and knocked in three runs in the victory. Fontainebleau senior catcher Alivia Soto, playing her final game for the Lady Bulldogs, went 2-for-3. The Lady Dawgs (17-7) were limited to six hits. Alexis Freeman doubled in a run and Brittney Freeman drove in the other run, while Caroline Randazzo singled and scored once.
Fontainebleau senior pitcher Savannah Folse playing her final game for the Lady Dawgs before heading to Spring Hill College on a softball scholarship, was tagged with the loss. Folse drew two walks in her final game.
Northshore, the No. 22 seed, dropped a close one falling 4-3 to No. 11 Walker despite leading 3-1 in the sixth inning. Walker loaded the bases with two outs and Northshore committed a costly error, which was followed by a key base hit, providing the winning margin. Northshore’s Angie Gutierez went 2-for-4 and ripped a solo homer for the Lady Panthers.
In Class 4A, the Lakeshore Lady Titans, the No. 4 seed and District 8-4A co-district champs, rolled past No. 29 Franklinton 10-0 to advance to the regional round. Lakeshore hosts No. 20 Cabrini Friday at 5 o’clock.
St. Scholastica Academy (14-8), the No. 24 seed and co-district 8-4A champ with Lakeshore, battled but came up short falling to No. 9 Vandebilt Catholic 6-3 on the road in the opening round. Hollie Huhn and Lindsey Berns playing their final game for the Doves had good days at the plate. Berns and Huhn delivered 2-for-3 performances. Huhn drove in a run and scored once, while Berns tallied twice. Berns (12-4) took the tough loss despite pitching well. Berns surrendered just four hits giving up six runs with only two being earned as the Doves committed some timely miscues.
Pearl River’s Lady Rebels (8-12), the No. 31 seed, bowed out of the playoffs being downed by No. 2 Teurlings Catholic 12-1. Pearl River’s Abby Mayfield singled in the Lady Rebels’ lone run, while Brittnei Alvarez doubled.
In Class 2A, the No. 8 seed Pope John Paul II Lady Jags came up short falling to No. 25 Opelousas Catholic 6-4 at home. PJP II finishes the season at 18-11 and were the District 8-2A runner up behind Archbishop Hannan. PJP II’s Chloe Cooper picked up two hits, knocked in a run and tallied twice. Ashley Rodriguez added two hits, drove in a run and scored once. Rachel Edwards also added two hits for the Lady Jags. Angele Boulboulle (3-5) pitched five innings, giving up three earned runs, scattering seven hits, while posting three strikeouts.