Rebels fall in semis, Comets fall in quarters

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 30, 2011

SULPHUR – Evangel ended Riverside’s dreams of a state softball championship for the second straight season Saturday, besting the Rebels, 7-5, in a Class 2A semifinal game at Frasch Park.

Evangel, the defending Class 2A champion, will play Kinder in the state championship today at 5 p.m. Kinder rallied from a 7-1 deficit to defeat John Curtis, 10-8.

Evangel jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage, but Riverside rallied to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Kelsi Roussel , Megan Stein and Taylor Terrio all singled to load the bases, and Shea LaFountain delivered another to drive home RA’s first run. Then Destin Vicknair’s two-run single cut the lead to one, and Kristi Milioto’s single put the Rebels ahead when two runs scored, the second coming off of an error as Kaci Simon beat the tag at home.

Evangel tied it up in the fourth on Jenna Kreamer’s RBI single, which drove in Lindsey Neyland, who singled to lead off the inning.

The big blow came from the bat of Baylee Shephard, whose triple scored Hayley Sanders and Kreamer, each of whom singled with one out in the top of the sixth.

Evangel pitcher Carolina Sanchez retired the Rebels in order in the sixth and seventh to preserve the win.

The Rebels reached the semifinals after a 6-2 win over Mamou in the quarterfinals.

After Mamou tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning, Riverside scored four in the bottom half to put things away. Kristy Milioto singled with one out, then Kori Bourgeois put RA back ahead, crushing an RBI double to left field. Toni Hebert bunted for a single. Then Roussel delivered, slamming a home run to left center to score three runs. Destin Vicknair retired Mamou in order in the seventh.

Vicknair allowed five hits and struck out six.

St. Charles’ season ended in the quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion as Curtis held off a seventh inning rally to advance, 3-2.

The Patriots scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to push their lead to 3-0. But St. Charles got going when Jaymie Remondet put it in play and reached on an error with one out. Then Karli Terrio tripled her home to make it 3-1. Katie Terrio flew out but Heather Orillion singled to draw SCC within one. But Kati Duhe grounded out for the third out.

Megan Louque allowed five hits and walked no batters for SCC. She struck out three.

Katie Brignac earned the win for Curtis, allowing five hits, striking out six and walking two.

SCC committed four errors in the game to two for JCC.

The Comets finished 22-6.