Patterson High School's Layla Giroir
(The Daily Review/File Photo)
Lumberjills will host South Beauregard Monday
For the first time since 2013, the Patterson Lumberjills will host a playoff softball game as No. 24 Patterson hosts No. 8 South Beauregard at 5:30 p.m. action in Class 3A regional round action.
Patterson (9-16-1) enters the contest as the No. 24 seed. Patterson upset No. 9 Iota 5-2 on the road Thursday for its first playoff victory in six years.
Patterson Head Softball Coach Matt Lipari said it’s “a big thing” to be able to host a home game.
“The girls are excited,” Lipari said. “I’m sure there’s going to be people from everywhere coming to watch the game. I know all of the other local teams that made the playoffs are excited. We’re lucky enough to play before Berwick tomorrow, so I’m sure there will be a bunch of Berwick people coming to support, too, and they’re all excited that we’re going to have a big crowd.”
South Beauregard (21-5) enters the second round after having routed No. 25 Baker 15-0 in four innings in their first-round contest Friday.
“I know they have a good senior pitcher,” Lipari said. “I think they have some young one’s that play, too, but from what I understand, they’ve all been together from a very young age, playing ball since the seventh grade together, and they have a pretty good group of kids that are used to each other. Pretty feisty team, that’s for sure.”
In Friday’s win, South Beauregard pitcher Karina Simpkins tossed a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in four innings.
Offensively, five of the team’s seven hits were doubles.
“They hit the ball,” Lipari said. “We’re definitely going to have to have everything work out our way again, that’s for sure, and have a little luck on our side.”
Emelie Price led South Beauregard in Friday’s win with a 2-for-3 performance with two doubles and three RBIs. Other top South Beauregard offensive contributors were Makenna Rutherford, 1-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and two runs; Morgan Eaves, 1-for-2, a double, three RBIs and a run; and Jaci Buxton, 2-for-3, three runs.
Patterson and South Beauregard have no common opponents.
The Lady K’s enter Monday’s contest having won four straight.
South Beauregard finished in a three-way tie for first place in District 4-3A with Iowa and St. Louis. All three teams recorded 5-1 league marks.