The Little League “Coach Pitch” 8U State Softball Tournament that was played in Broussard iended just as it began. Jackson Parish knocked off Lake Charles. The first game opened the six team tourney made up of champions and runner-ups from Districts 3, 5 & 6. The second secured the state title for the JP8U All Stars
The biggest difference was the first game was a thrilling 14-12 victory for the District 5 runner-up. The second was a 21-11 rout over the District 6 champions that was called after four innings when JP8U scored a team tourney high 8 runs in the second inning and then repeated the feat with 8 more in the fourth, highlighted by a walk off grand slam.
After the first round victory, the newly crowned state champions advanced to the finals by whipping of District 3 champion Vidalia 18-4 and then outlasted District 6 runner-up SPAR (Sulphur) by an 18-14 margin. Lake Charles earned the rematch for the title by beating District 5 champion Shreveport, Vidalia and then Sulphur.
Jackson Parish 18 Sulphur 14: Jackson Parish entered the contest between the only two unbeaten teams left in the tourney averaging 16 runs per game. SPAR (Sulphur) came in scoring at a 15 runs per game clip. So it was no surprise when after four innings of play Jackson Parish was winning by a 15-14 margin. Both teams were expected to score runs but this contest was not a sprint to the finish but a game of attrition. Who could outlast the other in the sweltering south Louisiana heat?
It was the collective group of “little engines than could” from Jackson Parish.
Not only did JP8U push across a run in the top of the fifth they added two more in the sixth. Sulphur failed to score in either. As result JP8U moved on to await the winner of Sulphur and Lake Charles in the winner take all, one game final.
Game stats show JP8U had 21 hit, the third straight state tourney game with 20 or more base knocks. Six more times Jackson Parish batters reached on errors. Leading the hit parade with three base knocks was Charlee Mauthe who also either tied or led the team with three runs scored and three RBI. Hannah Aldy also tied for the team lead in runs scored with three while also getting two hits and two RBI.
Ryleigh McCormick added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored with Ryan Kate Waytt and Elliot Savage registering two hits and two RBI. Ainsley Bougues got two hits and scored two runs while Brelaina Hall, Adeline Anderson and Presley Carpenter, who also had an RBI, got a pair of hits and scored a run. Kate Keiffer and Scarlett Parks got a hit and scored a run and Lizze Sullivan closed out the scoring with a runs scored. In the “big bat” category, McCormick led the way with a triple and a double while Aldy slapped a pair of two baggers. Savage also hit a triple with Keiffer, and Mauthe adding doubles.
2B – Aldy 2, Keiffer, McCormick, Mauthe
3B -McCormick, Savage
RBI – Mauthe 3, Aldy 2, Wyatt 2, McCormick 2, Savage 2, Keiffer, Carpenter
RS – Mauthe 3, Aldy 3, McCormick 2, Bougues 2, Keiffer, Wyatt, Hall, Savage, Carpenter, Anderson, Parks
(CHAMPIONSHIP GAME) Jackson Parish 21 Lake Charles 11: Scoring eight runs in one inning was great but doing again was twice as nice. The first time helped JP8U overcome a 6-3 deficit to take an 11-6 lead. The second ended the game due to the “mercy rule” in exhilerating fashion as Elliot Savage hit a grand slam home run to give the locals the ten run lead and the state championship trophy. Again as had been the pattern all tourney it was a total team effort with all 13 batters scoring at least one run, and 11 registering hits and knocking in at least one run.
Ryan Kate Wyatt (2RS, 2 RBI) had three of the 20 hits collected by the team, including a triple and a double. Kate Keiffer (3 RS, RBI), Charlee Mauthe (2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI), Brelaina Hall (2B, 2 RBI, RS), Ryleigh McCormick (HR, 3 RS, RBI, Elliot Savage (HR, 4 RBI, 2 RS), Presley Carpenter (RBI, RS) and Adeline Anderson (2 RBI, RS) all added two base hits each. Hannah Aldy (RS, 3RBI) made the most of her one hit with a three run homer with Lizze Sullivan (2RS) and Ainsley Bouges (RS, RBI) also getting a hit. Ashlyn Petre and Scarlett Parks (RBI) scored a run as well.
After Keiffer and Mauthe scored in front of Wyatt’s triple, who also scored on Hall’s groundout, in the first inning, McCormick started the eight run second with a home run. Three straight singles by Savage, Carpenter and Anderson followed by Petre and Parks reaching on errors and singles by Bougues and Keiffer accounted for six more runs. Mauthe’s double and Wyatt’s single pushed across the final run of the inning. Sullivan and McCormick scored in the third on a single and an error to up the lead to 13-8.
The finalizing fourth began with Bougues and Keiffer reaching on errors followed by Aldy bring everyone home with her round tripper. Muthe singled followed by back to back doubles by Wyatt and Hall. Sullivan reached on an error and McCormick singled setting up Savage’s grand slam walk off.
2B – Wyatt, Hall, Mauthe
3B – Wyatt
HR – Savage (GS), Aldy, McCormick
RBI – Savage 4, Aldy 3, Mauthe 2, Hall 2, Anderson 2, Keiffer, McCormick, Carpenter, Parks, Bougues
RS – Keiffer 3, McCormick 3, Mauthe 2, Wyatt 2, Sullivan 2, Savage 2, Aldy, Hall, Carpenter, Anderson, Petre, Parks, Bougues
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