The Bayou Academy Lady Colts had to play themselves out of the losers bracket on Monday, but finished strong to take second in the North AAA State Tournament, held at Bear Pen Park in Cleveland.
Head Coach Lauren LaSuzzo said overall she felt really good about the team’s performance in the tournament.
“We played really well. Our bats and pitching were great Monday. The girls really wanted it. Unfortunately we couldn’t recover from some errors in the championship game. I’m proud of the girls now we just have to look forward towards the weekend,” said LaSuzzo.
With the finish the Colts will advance to the AAA State Tournament at Shiloh Park in Brandon on Saturday. The Lady Colts are set to take on the Adams County Christian School Rebels at 9 a.m. The Rebels are the No. 3 team from the South Half Tournament.
If Bayou wins the first game they will play the winner of the North Delta/Silliman Institute game at 1 p.m. If they lose the first game they will play the loser from that game as well.
The other two games will feature Leake Academy against Cathedral Unity School at 9 a.m. and Kirk Academy against Simpson Academy at 9 a.m.
The Lady Colts started the North Half Tournament with a 10-0 win over Park Place on Saturday.
Bayou continued to dominate on Monday with a 14-2 win over Riverfield Academy.
The next contest pitted the Lady Colts against the Lady Rebels of Leake. Defense was at its best in this game as both team’s were held scoreless until the bottom of the third when and RBI double gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead.
Leake added another run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 2-0 lead. The two runs proved to be enough for Leake as they held Bayou off to give the Lady Colts their first loss of the tournament.
Bayou then had to play out of the losers bracket and they did just that edging out Kirk Academy 3-0 to set up a rematch with Leake.
In the rematch the Colts brought their big sticks and jumped out on the Rebels quickly.
In the top of the first inning Kailyn Lofton started things off with a single and Chrissy Tubbs followed with a bunt single. A double from Ashley Vickers brought in Lofton and Tubbs to give the Lady Colts a 2-0 lead. Vickers scored off a wild pitch from third and later in the inning Shelby Newsom scored off a pass ball by the catcher to give the Lady Colts a 4-0 lead.
Bayou added another run in the bottom of the third when Tubbs led off with a triple. A ground out RBI from Vickers scored Tubbs for a 5-0 ball game.
Leake Academy put up four runs in the bottom of the frame for a 5-4 ball game.
An RBI double from Lofton scored Kamryn Otts for a 6-4 game and later in the inning Lofton scored for a 7-4 Lady Colts lead.
The Lady Rebels pulled to 7-6 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but in the top of the fifth Bayou went back to work.
Newsom led off with a single, Carley Peden laid down a bunt single and a wild pitch allowed both runners to move over into scoring position.
Ana Parker Davis socked a hard single that scored Newsom for an 8-6 lead.
Two batters later it was Brantley Hutchinson beating out a throw to load the bases.
With one out, Madison Jenkins stroked a two-run single to give the Lady Colts a 10-6 lead. A ground out RBI from Lofton increased the lead to 11-6.
In the top of the sixth inning Bayou added two more runs for a 13-6 lead. Leake scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, but Bayou added one of their own in the top seventh to take a 14-7 lead and the game.
Because it was a double elimination tournament and Leake had just suffered their first loss, the Lady Colts had to play them again.
In the next game the Lady Colts were not as fortunate as they fell to the Lady Rebels 6-3.