The top of the order found not much more than frustrating pop ups most of the way. It’s a good thing, then, that Delcambre head coach Mark Suire does not simply rely on a handful of players.
“I have always stressed,” Suire said, “this is a team effort.”
That ideal was on full display as four players were part of one score that led the Lady Panthers to a 1-0 win over the Lady Eagles.
“We are still struggling at the plate a little bit,” Suire said. “But I feel like we are doing enough as a team to get us through.”
VC’s Janie Trahan stymied the Lady Panthers for four innings. Only one runner, who was eventually left stranded, reached third during the Lady Panthers’ first four frames.
Things changed when Kelli Daigle, the seven-hole hitter, led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to center. Suire said he knew at that point he needed to make something happen. Suire brought in Kellie Romero to pinch run for Daigle.
“I wanted to take advantage of some of our speed at that point,” Suire said.
The plan worked. Makayla Viator placed a sacrifice bunt on the ensuing at bat and on the ground out moved the speedy Romero from first to third. Sarah Derise completed the sequence with a single to right that plated Romero for the game’s only score.
“When two good teams play,” Suire said, “you kind of expect that things are not going to come easy. There were a lot of good plays on both sides.
“You have to tip your hat to them. They are a good team and fortunately we were about to walk away with a win.”
The victory clinched the Lady Panthers at least a share of the District 8-1A title. They faced the Gueydan Honey Bears in a make-up game after press time. A win would give Delcambre an out-right 8-1A title.