No. 23 Lumberjills upset No. 10 Loranger
LORANGER — The last time Patterson advanced to the softball playoffs, the current group of seniors were in eighth grade.
On Thursday, that group took it a step further as they and the rest of their teammates on the 23rd seed Patterson Lumberjills came home following a two-hour plus road trip with a 3-0 upset win against No. 10 Loranger.
“I thought we came out and played nervous in the first two innings,” Patterson coach Coby Minton said. “After we settled in, we were fine. The girls did exactly what we asked of them. We stressed putting pressure on Loranger leading up to the game. The girls trusted the game plan and executed. Everyone played their role tonight, and it showed.”
The Lumberjills broke the scoreless game with a run each in the fifth through seventh innings.
In the fifth, Brittany Totten walked, Grace Beadle moved her over to second base via a sacrifice and on Carissa Fontenot’s bunt, Totten moved to third base and scored on an overthrow of first base.
In the sixth inning, after Tiera Butler reached on an error, Rachel Easley followed with a bunt and both runners were safe on the play and advanced to second and third, respectively, on a throwing error.
Hailey Sehon, running for Butler, scored after Rebecca Taylor executed a squeeze play.
In the seventh, the Lumberjills scored their final run on Butler’s RBI-double to left field.
While Loranger began its final at-bat with back-to-back singles, Hall and the Lumberjills retired the next three batters, stranding the Loranger base runners at second and third.
Earlier in the contest, Patterson got out of jams in the first through third innings when Loranger had one or more players on the base paths.
Taylor Hall earned the complete-game victory as she surrendered five hits, one walk and struck out three.
Butler had a hit, an RBI and a run, while Carissa Fontenot had a hit and an RBI. Other top contributors included Arianna Ross, a hit and a run; Madi Morris and Caitlyn Fontenot, a hit apiece; and Rebecca Taylor, an RBI.
Both teams notched five hits in the contest.
Patterson will return to action Friday when it hosts No. 7 seed St. Charles Catholic in a 5 p.m. contest. St. Charles defeated No. 26 seed Farmerville 15-0 in three innings Monday.