Lady Tigers rally late to win season opener

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 24, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / Febuary 24, 1999

LAPLACE – Hahnville rallied from a five-run deficit in the final two innings for a 10-9 victory over St. Charles Catholic in the first game of adoubleheader Saturday morning.

The Lady Comets (1-2) came back to take the nightcap, 3-2, rallying for two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Marci Martin (1-0) picked up thevictory and had two hits while Kristen Clement also had two hits and drove in a run.

Angela Raziano (0-1) took the loss for the Lady Tigers (1-1). Erin Crishamhad three hits while Melanie Delaune added two.

In the opener, the Lady Tigers trailed 8-3 heading into the top of the sixth.

Crisham led off by reaching on an error on Clement and stealing second.

Kellie Landeche followed by beating out a grounder to short and stealing second.

Jackie Witmer brought in both runners with a single to right and advanced to second on the throw home. Witmer advanced to third on a wild pitch asFallon Cancienne drew a walk from Lacey Trepagnier and scored on an error by catcher Jessie Zeringue. Courtesy runner Lindsey Yochim camearound to score on a ground out by Jennifer Mathews to make it 8-7.

The Lady Comets got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Cristin Clement reached second on an error by Erin Wheeler and scored on a throwing error by Cancienne on a pick off attempt to third.

Candice Frickey reached on an error by shortstop Shannon Dolive and Wheeler singled to right to open the seventh. Crisham tied the score witha ground rule double into the left field corner, bringing in pinch runner Khasan Grace and Wheeler. After Trepagnier struck out Landeche andWitmer, Cancienne doubled into the left field corner to drive in Crisham, giving the Lady Tigers a 10-9 lead.

St. Charles Catholic threatened in the bottom of the inning. With two outs,pinch hitter Trista Laporte reached on an error by Candice Frickey in right and stole second and third as Joanie Kepler walked. Witmer then grabbedCristin Clement’s bunt attempt and threw to Wheeler covering first to end the game.

Cancienne (1-0) picked up the win, allowing seven hits while striking out four and walking five. Trepagnier (0-2) took the loss, giving up 14 hitswhile striking out three and walking two.

Hahnville jumped on top with three runs in the top of the first. Crishamled off by reaching on an error by Clement at third and stole second. AfterLandeche sacrificed Crisham to third and Trepagnier struck out Witmer, Cancienne ripped a double into the left field corner to bring in the run.

Andrea Frickey followed with a double off the left field fence to score courtesy runner Yochim and came around to score on a single to left by Mathews.

Hahnville threatened again in the second, loading the bases with none out as Wheeler and Crisham singled and Landeche reached on a fielder’s choice.

After Trepagnier got a force out at home on a grounder to first by Witmer, Cancienne hit a sharp grounder to Clement who fired home to force out Crisham. Zeringue then threw down to first to complete the double playand end the threat.

St. Charles Catholic took the lead with five runs in the bottom of theinning off Cancienne. Clement led off with a walk and came in on a scoreon a double to left by Trepagnier.

Monica Arcuri walked and Kepler reached on an error by Crisham at short to load the bases. Cristin Clement followed with a walk to drive incourtesy runner Jenni Traina to make it 3-2.

After Cancienne struck out Alisha Reine, Arcuri scored on a wild pitch to tie the score. Zeringue followed with a double high off the left field wall,bringing in Kepler and Clement to give the Lady Comets a 5-3 lead.

Frickey led off the third with a single and was sacrificed to second by Mathews. Delaune followed with a single to short and stole second.Trepagnier pitched out of the jam by getting Candice Frickey to fly out to left and Wheeler to fly out to right.

The Lady Comets added three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kepler ledoff with a single to center and Cristin Clement followed by beating out a bunt. After Reine forced Kepler at third, Zeringue singled to left to scoreClement. Martin followed with a single to center, bringing in Reine andcourtesy runner Katie Arcuri to make it 8-3.

Hahnville coach E.J. Tassin said the win, especially coming the way it didagainst the defending Class 2A state champions, was a big one for his team. The Lady Tigers lost the majority of their starters from a year agowhen they won the District 6-5A championship and advanced to the regional playoffs.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Tassin said. “I think it is a big boost forthem. I knew they could play. They have been playing together for a longtime in the recreational leagues.”Crisham and Landeche will provide the speed at the top of the lineup.

Cancienne and Andrea Frickey will provide the power.

Backing up Cancienne and Raziano on the mound is freshman Kelly Watson with Delaune and Witmer also able to provide innings.

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