HHS peaks against Cubs

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 18, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / April 18, 2000

LULING – Every coach wants his team peaking come playoff time.

Hahnville coach E.J. Tassin may be seeing his Lady Tigers doing just that.Hahnville broke open a close game with an eight-run third, rolling to a 11- 1 victory over Mt. Carmel in the bi-district playoffs Monday afternoon atthe West Bank Bridge Park.

The game was called in the fifth inning due to the 10-run rule.

Hahnville (13-4) advances to play at the winner of the Archbishop Blenk- Riverdale game in the regionals. Mt. Carmel finished at 22-8.Fallon Cancienne pitched a no-hitter, striking out two, in improving to 11- 1 on the season. Eleven of the 15 outs came on ground balls to the infield.”The defense did really well,” Cancienne said. “It was one of the bestgames we had all year. We pulled together as a team and I think that’s whywe played such a good game.”Hahnville jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to some solid baserunning. Erin Crisham led off with a walk off Mt. Carmelstarter Crystal Clark, stole second and went to third on a ground out to second by Kelly Watson. Courtney Frickey then blooped a single into rightfield over the drawn-in infield, scoring Crisham to give the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Tigers made it 2-0 in the bottom of the second. Canciennereached on a throwing error by third baseman Lynn Schiffman to lead off the inning. One out later, courtesy runner Ashley Laque went to second on aground out by Dixie Dufrene. Christy McCully then grounded into the holebetween first and second. First baseman Melissa Elieus got to the ball buther throw to third sailed high, allowing Laque to come around to score.

The Cubs got a run back in the third. Schiffman reached second on a two-base throwing error by Crisham to open the inning. Schiffman then beatCancienne’s throw to third on Renee Breaux’s grounder back to the mound.

After Megan Kiefer struck out, Kelly Schneider grounded into a force out, scoring Schiffman to cut the deficit to 2-1. Cancienne got Ashlie Rizk toground out to short to end the inning and retired six straight over the final two innings.

Hahnville broke through for eight runs in the bottom of the inning, all coming with two outs and no runners on. Colleen Lockhart kept the inningalive by lining a double off the center field wall. Lockhart went to third ona wild pitch and scored as catcher Blair Gimma’s throw went into left field. Melanie Delaune then walked and went to third as Cancienne lined asingle to right-center.

Laque, running for Cancienne, stole second with Delaune coming in to score as Gimma’s throw deflected off of Schneider’s glove. Lindsay Yochim thensingled to right and Dufrene was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Laquewas waved in as Gimma was called for catcher’s interference on a swing by McCully, making the score 5-1.

Crisham grounded to second with McCully being called safe at second as Breaux’s throw pulled Schneider off the bag. Yochim came in on the play tomake it 6-1. Watson then cleared the bases by lining a double to the leftfield wall. Watson would score on Frickey’s single to left field, giving theLady Tigers a 10-1 lead.

Crisham, Watson and Frickey singled to open the bottom of the fifth.

Lockhart then lined a single to center field, plating Crisham to end the game at 11-1.

“We forced some errors by putting runners in motion,” Tassin said. “Thekids are peaking at the right time.”

Denham Springs 5, Destrehan 0

DENHAM SPRINGS – Sarah Meadors pitched a one-hit shutout as Denham Springs eliminated Destrehan from the bi-district playoffs with a 5-0 victory Monday afternoon.

Meadors (21-0-1) struck out 15 while walking none. Kim Bierman (12-15)took the loss for the Lady Cats.

Denham Springs (22-0-2) advances to play the East Ascension-Southwood winner in the regionals. Destrehan finished its season at 12-15.Denham Springs scored four runs in the first inning on a single by Erinne Milligan and doubles by Amy Ford, Joy Webre and Alaina Rancher. TheYellow Jackets got another run in the fourth as Jenny Dunkley led off with a single and later scored on an error.

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