Bierman leads Lady Cats

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 23, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / February 24, 2000

DESTREHAN – Kim Bierman kept Destrehan in its game against Ponchatoula Monday afternoon with her pitching. But it would be her bat that wouldeventual prove to be the difference.

Bierman led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, coming around to score the eventual winning run on a bunt single by Melissa Anderson as the Lady Cats took a 7-4 victory at East Bank Bridge Park.

Destrehan improved to 2-3 with the win.

Ponchatoula had tied the game at 4 in the top of the inning. Bierman led offthe bottom of the inning by chopping a single past shortstop Jessica Forest into left field. Mandy Miguez followed by beating out a bunt with Biermangoing to third as pitcher Shannon Wall’s throw bounced off first baseman Kristen Brunies’ glove.

After Miguez stole second, Anderson laid down a bunt in front of the plate.

Wall fielded the ball, held Bierman at third but then threw past first base.

Bierman scored with Miguez going to third and Anderson to second.

Stephanie Poche followed with a ground out to second to score Miguez.

Katherine Kain then lined a shot past third, scoring Anderson to make it 7-4.

Alecia Meyers beat out an infield single to short with two outs in the top of the seventh. But Bierman got Cara Bruza to ground back to the mound forthe final out. Ponchatoula left five runners on in the game, four in scoringposition.

Bierman allowed nine hits but did not walk a batter. Walls gave up seven hitswhile walking two and striking out four.

Destrehan got on the board in the bottom of the first as Danielle White singled to center with one out and stole second. One out later, Jamie Tarullolined a double to left, scoring White to make it 1-0.

Ponchatoula tied the game in the top of the second as Forest tripled to right and score on a sacrifice by Ronette Wright. Wall followed with a single, wentto second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a pop foul along the first baseline by Allison Hebert. Bierman then kept the game tied by gettingBrunies to pop up to third.

Destrehan went back ahead in the bottom half of the inning. With one out,Anderson walked and Poche reached on an error. Kain then laid down a buntthat catcher Amy Welch fielded and threw over first, scoring Anderson and Poche and sending Kain to third. Anna Glore followed with a grounder to first,scoring Kain to make it 4-1.

Ponchatoula pulled to within one in the top of the third. Welch led off with asingle up the middle, stole second and scored as Brielle Turpin lined a triple into right-center. One out later, Turpin scored on a grounder to short byBruza.

The Green Wave threatened in each of the next two innings. Wright led offthe top of the fourth with a single to center and stole second but was thrown out at third by Anderson on a fly ball to center.

Hebert tripled to right but was left stranded as Brunies grounded back to Bierman.

In the fifth, Turpin singled with one out and was sacrificed to second but Bierman got Bruza to ground back to the mound.

Ponchatoula tied the game in the sixth as Wright singled to right with one out and scored as Hebert reached on an error one out later.

“It was a really nice win,” Destrehan coach Jemi LaHaye-Carlone, whose team won one of three at the East Ascension tournament over the weekend.

“I’m seeing a lot of good things here and there. Hopefully by the time districtstarts, we can put it all together.”

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