Two down, two to go. Or at least the hope is only two to go. Even if it takes three games to win two that will be ok. Either way, two more wins means the 2022 Little League 8U “Coach Pitch” softball state championship trophy will reside in Jackson Parish.
JP8U is sitting pretty after the first two games after a thrilling 14-12 tourney opening victory over Lake Charles and a three inning, 18-4 skunking of Vidalia that leaves them as one of only two undefeated teams in the tourney. The locals will play at 2:00pm on Sunday wiht the winner of that one awaiting whoever is left for a chance at the state title on Monday. A loss in the game on Sunday would force JP8U to play at 6:00pm on Sunday to try and earn the right to the finals.
Jackson Parish 14 Lake Charles 12: Nine consecutive batters reached base which led to four crucial runs in the top of the fifth inning that broke a 10-10 tie against the District 6 champion. It was a total team effort as JP8U collected an All-Star season high 27 hits with every single batter getting at least one hit and all but two scoring at least one run.
The decisive inning started with Charlee Mauthe hitting a single and Ryan Kate Wyatt smashing her second triple of the day. Brelaina Hall and Ryleigh McCormck reached on errors and both Lizze Sullivan and Elliot Savage got singles setting up a Presley Carpenter double that scored two.
Lake Charles broke out to a 10-7 lead after two innings but JP8U tied it when R McCormick hit a three run blast in the top of the third that scored Sullivan and Hall. Consecutive two out hits in the tip of the second by Ashlyn Petre, Scarlett Parks and Ainsley Bougues preceded a triple by Kate Keiffer as JP8U took a 7-5 lead after spotting Lake Charles a 5-3 lead after one.
2B – Carpenter, Anderson
3B – Wyatt 2, Keiffer
HR – McCormick
RBI – McCormick 4, Keiffer 3, Carpenter 2, Wyatt, Hall
RS = Keiffer 2, Hall 2, McCormick 2, Aldy, Mauthe, Whatt, Sullivan, Savage, Petre,Parsk Bougues
Jackson Parish 18 Vidalia 4: Seven runs in the first and third innings sandwiched four more in the second leading to the “mercy rule” rout against the District 3C champions. Ryan Kate Wyatt ran her streak of consecutive hits to six over two games with her second straight 3/3 effort that included a double, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. Kate Keiffer and Adeline Anderson hit a home run apiece and Ainsley Bougues and Hannah Aldy stroked doubles, with all four getting two hits. Charlee Mauthe, Lizze Sullivan, Ryleigh McCormick and Elliot Savage also were members of the two hit club. Presley Carpenter also got a hit and 2 RBI.
2B – Wyatt, Bougues, Aldy
HR – Keiffer, Anderson
RBI – Wyatt 4, Keiffer 2, Carpenter 2, Aldy, Mauthe, Sullivan, Savage, Anderson, Bougues
RS – Aldy 3, Wyatt 3, Keiffer 2, Mauthe 2, Bougues 2, Hall, Sullivan, McCormick, Savage, Anderson, Petre
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