Lutcher clinches tie for first

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / April 13, 1999

LUTCHER – The Lutcher Lady Bulldogs pulled away late to defeat E.D. White,11-2, Thursday afternoon, clinching at least a tie as they try to win their third straight District 10-3A title.

Lutcher improved to 22-5-1 overall and 7-1 in district play with a game at Donaldsonville remaining Tuesday.

E.D. White fell to 16-9 overall and 6-2 in District 10-3A and have a gameagainst Plaquemine left.

The teams had split their earlier matchups with each team winning on their own field.

Lutcher took the lead in the rubber game Thursday with three runs in the bottom of the second. Cindy Guidry led off with a double to left. Courtesyrunner Kassie Waguespack then went to third on a ground out by Candice Millet and scored on a single to center by Katie Cashio.

After Toni Riley grounded back to the pitcher, Erin Hymel brought Cashio in with a single to left. Jenee Weber followed with a single to right tobring in courtesy runner Erin Louque to make it 3-0.

Donaldsonville cut the deficit to one in the fourth on a two-out, two-run single up the middle by Fran Ledet.

Lutcher broke the game open with a five-run fifth. With one out, ChristyMelancon walked, Michelle Roussel lined a single to left and Breeze Vicknair walked to load the bases. Walks by Millet and Cashio made it 5-2before Ledet was replaced on the mound by Michelle Reulet.

Reulet would throw consecutive wild pitches to score two more runs.

Riley then lined a single along the first base line, scoring Cashio to make it 8-2.

Lutcher got three more runs in the sixth on Millet’s home run over the left field fence after Melancon and Roussel walked. It was Millet’s secondhome run of the week as she also hit one at Plaquemine.

Hymel (16-5-1) went the distance for the Lady Bulldogs, striking out nine while walking one. She now has 157 strikeouts on the season.”Erin did a great job,” Lutcher coach John Benti-vegna said. “Severaltimes she has been in clutch situations and was able to work her way through.”Ledet (3-2) took the loss for the Lady Cardinals.

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