The Eunice High Lady Cats broke out midgame to steal the lead, beating the Breaux Bridge Lady Tigers 5-1 and advancing to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs. “It’s great,” Lady Cat Head Coach Scott Deshotel said afterwards. “It starts when you win the playoffs, and when you’re fortunate enough to win a playoff game, you’re very excited.”
As the number-14 seed, the Lady Cats will travel to Live Oak in Watson on Friday for the second round of Class 4A playoffs, facing the third-seeded Lady Eagles at 6 p.m.
Live Oak finished their regular season with a 27-3-1 overall record, and claimed the District 6-4A championship title with a 4-0 record.
Live Oak defeated number-30 seed Belaire 13-1 to continue to the next round.
On Tuesday, Breaux Bridge drew first blood in the top of the first, when Layla Serrette doubled and was driven home by Jena Marks’ base hit.
But the Lady Cats came back in the bottom of the fourth, with Brittany Faul driving in the tying run.
The Lady Cats then loaded the bases with two outs before scoring two runs on a wild pitch for the lead.
Camille Faul doubled for the fourth run of the inning.
The Lady Cats added an insurance run in the bottom of the fith when Blair Fuselier doubled and scored on K.K. Devillier’s base hit.
Pitcher Jori LeJeune and the Lady Cats’ defense silenced the Lady Tiger bats from the second inning on.
The Lady Tigers got a runner on base in the top of the sixth, when Marks drew a walk with only one out, but Tiffany Trosclair ground out to second baseman Brittany Chapman, who tagged Marks Chapman, who tagged Marks and then threw to first for an impressive doubleplay.
LeJeune pitched the win, giving up one earned run off of three hits and two walks, while striking out nine batters in seven innings.
“The second game of the year Breaux Bridge beat us and they beat us pretty bad (6-2), but I told our girls that at some point in the year we’re going to have another shot at them, and the kids remembered how bad the last game was, and we played extremely well,” Deshotel said.
“We’ve come a long way; I’m so proud of this group; we’ve got a great group of girls. Our coaches, Coach Liz Hebert and Coach (Jonathan) Lejeune are both working very hard.”