SULPHUR – The second-ranked John Curtis Lady Patriots broke open a tie game in the bottom of sixth inning with two runs to lead them to an 8-6 win Friday over the Mt. Carmel Academy Cubs to advance to the Division I softball championship game.
John Curtis (22-6) advances to the finals on Saturday to face another District 9-5A rival in Dominican on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The game was tied 6-6 when Curtis’ Jacke Melancon’s single with two outs scored Sierra Sacko to take a 7-6 lead. The second run in the inning came when Anna Curtis scored on RBI-single by Victoria Langford.
“We never gave up,” Langford said. “We made a few errors that shouldn’t be hits but we came out on top.”
The scoring started early in the first inning for the Lady Patriots when Sacko scored on a sacrifice fly by Cameron Goodman to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
The Cubs answered back in the top of the second inning by scoring four runs. Isabella Invodvina scored on a single by Rylee Landreaux. Kassidy Brown then scored on a single by Madilyn Giglio. Landreaux and Giglio scored the next two runs to finish the inning off for the Cubs.
Curtis looked to rally in the bottom of second inning. A single by Sacko scored Madison Laiche to trail 4-2. Alyssa Ochoa scored next on an RBI-single by Giglio to only trail 4-3. The game was then tied 4-4 when Giglio scored on a sacrifice by Nina Fenasci.
Mt. Carmel regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on an usual play. Brown first reached base on an error by the first baseman. Giglio then came up to bat with one out and a four-base throwing error allowed both Brown and Giglio to score to gain a 6-4 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
The Lady Patriots tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Rayven Sandras hit a two-run home run with one out.
Curtis was led at the plate by Sacko, who went 3 for 4, had two singles, and scored three runs. Sandrus finished the game by going 1 of 3 at the plate. The winning pitcher was Remi Hebert, who pitched a complete game.
Mt. Carmel finished the game with nine hits. Leading the way was Giglio who went 2 for 4, with two singles, and scored two runs. Indovina went 2 for 3, with two singles and scored one run.
Dominican 5, Evangel 1: Elise Simon allowed only one hit while striking out nine and walking three in helping lead Dominican to the state championship game.
Evangel’s only run of the game came in the first inning when Rachel Turnbow scored on an RBI-double by Bayley Mayo.
Dominican’s bats were held silent throughout the first four innings of game.
The fifth inning saw Ally Firmin and Clair Sekinger reach based after being hit by pitches. Both Ally Firmin and Clair Sekinger scored on a two-RBI double by Elizabeth Crotchet to give Dominican a 2-1 lead. Crotchet then scored on an error for the third run of the inning.
The sixth inning saw a couple of more runs cross the plate in Dominican’s final at-bat. Grace Reeves was the first to score on a home run to open the inning. Megan McCartney scored the final run of the game on an RBI fielder’s choice by Sekinger.
Dominican wad led offensively by Crotchet who went for 1 for 2 at the plate with two runs batted in.
Mayo had the only hit in the game for Evangel.