HIGHEST SEEDS KNOCKED OFF ON FINALS DAY:
Being a top-seed left you as an endangered species Friday and Saturday at Frasch Park in Sulphur at the girls softball state championships.
Only one top seed emerged as a state champion while a host of surprise champions were crowned.
In 1A, Archbishop Hannan repeated as state champions. The Lady Hawks of Becky Lambert, one of the best stories in the state a year ago, built on that superb resume, defeating 13th-seed Catholic of Pointe Coupee 10-2 for the championship.
Catholic earned the right to play Hannan by shocking top-seed Opelousas Catholic 3-2 in the semifinals while the Lady Hawks moved into the title game with a 5-1 victory over 15th-seed Ouachita Christian.
In the title game, Dallas Hebert starred for Hannan, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Kimberly Nilsson had two hits and three RBI while Sydney Finch had three hits and an RBI and Victoreia St. Philip homered. Maddi Shelton pitched a complete-game five-hitter to pick up the win as Hannan finished its season 24-7. Catholic's magical run ended with a 19-12 record. Hannan's win was not a big surprise. The Lady Hawks played a tough schedule, without the benefit of a district slate.
John Curtis capped off a perfect season. The top-seeded Lady Patriots downed defending state champion Evangel 2-0 for the 2A championship.
Katie Brignac was brilliant, pitching a complete-game shutout to earn Most Valuable Player honors. Curtis broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Rebecca Dill, scoring Casey Corcoran, who had singled. The Lady Patriots got an insurance run in the sixth inning on an RBI ground out by Rachel Brockhaus, scoring Corcoran, who had singled.
The Lady Patriots had edged district rival and fourth-seed Riverside 4-3 in the semifinals while the Lady Eagles advanced to the title game with a 5-1 lead over sixth-seed Catholic of New Iberia in the semifinals.
Curtis finished its dream season 31-0 while Evangel finished 25-6.
In a battle of defending state champions for the 5A state title, eighth-seeded Sam Houston outlasted defending state champion and seventh-seeded Hahnville 2-1 in nine innings. For Sam Houston, it was their second nine-inning win of the day. Earlier, the took down fifth-seed St. Joseph's 2-0 in nine innings in the semifinals. Hahnville had moved into the championship game with a convincing 10-3 victory over St. Amant in the semifinals.
Sam Houston won the 4A state championship in 2011 and was reclassified to 5A for 2012.
Kaylee Corbello was tremendous in the title game. The junior struck out 14 Lady Tigers and was named the Most Valuable Player. Corbello homered in the first inning to give Sam Houston the early lead before Courtney Dutreix tied the game with an RBI double in the third inning. It stayed that way until the top of the ninth when Allie Fields produced the game-winner with a two-out, RBI double. Hahnville got runners to second and third with just one out in the bottom of the ninth but could not score. Hannah Haydel was the tough luck loser, despite giving up just seven hits and striking out nine.
Eighth-seed Teurlings Catholic claimed the 4A state crown with a thrilling 7-6 victory over 11th-seed Leesville.
The Lady Rebels moved into the title game with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Belle Chasse in eight innings while Leesville edged 18th-seed Academy of our Lady 3-2 in eight innings to move into the final.
Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning of the championship game, junior Morgan Angelle singled home Halie Green to give the Lady Rebels a dramatic win. Angelle finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
Teurlings had built a 6-2 lead before the Lady Wampus Cats fought back to tie the game 6-6, setting the state for Angelle's heroics.
Third-seed Buckeye claimed the 3A championship with a solid 7-3 win over top-seed Parkview Baptist.
Buckeye advanced to the title game with a 4-0 win over second-seed Brusly in 10 innings in the semifinals while the Lady Eagles moved into the title game with a 10-0 win over fourth-seed Iowa.
In the title game, Mikaya Brown pitched a six-hitter to pick up the win and had a pair of hits to earn Most Valuable Player honors. Paris Hernandez had two hits and three RBI while Lacie Nugent had a two-run triple for the Lady Panthers. Buckeye had beaten Parkview Baptist 15-5 earlier in the season and had the confidence to topple the top-seed again.
For Buckeye (28-2), it is the school's first-ever softball championship. For Parkview Baptist (29-6), it was their fourth second-place finish in five years.
In Class B, fourth-seed Anacoco claimed the title, defeating seventh-seeded Quitman 9-1. Anacoco earned a chance to play for the championship by defeating eighth-seed Oak Hill 1-0 in the semifinals while Quitman beat sixth-seed Pitkin 5-3.
In the title game, Anacoco ended Quitman's bid for a first-ever state title by taking advantage of Quitman mistakes. Anacoco scored eight unearned runs. Marci West put the game away with a bases-loaded RBI single in which all four base runners scored to turn a three-run lead into an 8-1 advantage in the bottom of the third inning. West pitched a four-hitter and struck out eight as Anacoco finished 20-8, the same record as Quitman. Lyndsey Hayes took the loss.
In Class C, Hackberry (25-3) became the only top-seed to win a state championship, edging third-seeded Maurepas 1-0 to repeat as state champion. Hackberry moved into the title game with a 10-3 win over fourth-seed St. Joe's-Plaucheville while Maurepas defeated second-seed Calvin 4-3.
In the title game, Jolie Trahan pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 12 and drove in the game's only run with an RBI double in the second inning. Maurepas finished 21-7.
The two-day tournament drew a total of 18,840 fans, the second largest attendance in the history of the event.
STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT RESULTS (SAT. APRIL 28)
SULPHUR'S FRASCH PARK
SAM HOUSTON 2, ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY 0, 9 INNINGS
HAHNVILLE 10, ST. AMANT 3
SAM HOUSTON 2, HAHNVILLE 1
TEURLINGS CATHOLIC 1, BELLE CHASSE 0
LEESVILLE 3, ACADEMY OF OUR LADY 2, 8 INNINGS
TEURLINGS 7, LEESVILLE 6
PARKVIEW BAPTIST 10, IOWA 0, 5 INNINGS
BUCKEYE 4, BRUSLY 0, 10 INNINGS
BUCKEYE 8, PARKVIEW BAPTIST 3
JOHN CURTIS 4, RIVERSIDE ACADEMY 3
EVANGEL CHRISTIAN 5, CATHOLIC-NEW IBERIA 1
CURTIS 2, EVANGEL 0
CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE 3, OPELOUSAS CATHOLIC 2
ARCHBISHOP HANNAN 5, OUACHITA CHRISTIAN 1
HANNAN 10, CATHOLIC-PC 2
ANACOCO 1, OAK HILL 0
QUITMAN 5, PITKIN 3
ANACOCO 9, QUITMAN 1
MAUREPAS 4, CALVIN 3
HACKBERRY 10, ST. JOSEPH’S-PLAUCHEVILLE 3
HACKBERRY 1, MAUREPAS
LHSAA/STATE FARM STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER RECEIPTANTS
CLASS ATHLETE SCHOOL
5A Baylee Corbello, Sam Houston
4A Julienne Broussard, Teurlings Catholic
3A Mikayla Brown, Buckeye
2A Katie Brignac, John Curtis
1A Dallas Hebert, Archbishop Hannan
B Marci West, Anacoco
C Jolie Trahan, Hackberry