West St. John ousted from playoffs

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2008


Sports Editor

West St. John’s season came to an end on Monday when the Lady Rams fell 15-0 at Logansport in a Class 1A bi-district playoff game.

The game ended after four innings via the 15-run rule.

The No. 7 seeded Tigers out hit the Rams 11 to two on their way to victory, and will face No. 10 LaSalle in the regional round.

Logansport (25-6-1) led 4-0 entering the fourth inning, before the Tiger bats got hot enough to finish the Rams for good. Logansport put 11 runs on the board in the inning, allowing for an early finish.

WSJ Coach Brandon Dumas said that the fourth inning surge took him off guard.

“We’ve seen some really good teams this year, like Ascension Catholic,” he said. “(Logansport) had some real good pitching. But I didn’t feel like they were 15 runs better than we were. The floor just fell out from under us in the fourth.”

Destani Comminie and Tranell Mitchell collected the only hits on the day for WSJ (4-6-1).

Comminie (4-3) took the loss on the mound, allowing 11 hits and two walks. She pitched the complete game.

Five Ram errors hurt the West St. John cause, particularly in the fourth inning, where all seemed to go wrong.

“We some made errors that extended the inning. Then they got a few hits, and we fell apart,” Dumas said. “I felt like it could have gone seven.”

The Rams finished the regular season in second place in District 9-1A, behind Ascension Catholic. Dumas said that his team accomplished some of its goals this year, even if they fell short of being the first softball team in school history to advance in the postseason.

Those goals, he said, were in large part due to a senior class that helped the Rams to three straight postseason appearances.

“This class helped revive West St. John softball. I’m thankful to them, they’ve been a big help. They always did what was asked.”