Patterson High School's Makenna LaGarde
(The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Patterson has overcome youth, playoffs on the horizon
The Patterson Lumberjills lost six seniors a year ago, so there definitely were some holes to fill coming into this year’s softball season.
However, Patterson Coach Matt Lipari said last month that the players that have filled those roles have “stepped up.”
Now, the Lumberjills (8-14-1 overall, 2-4 in District 8-3A) both will conclude the regular season and begin postseason play this week.
In filling spots from a year ago, Lipari said some of the Lumberjills that have played full-time this year did get some playing time last year.
“When we came in, I felt that the girls that were coming up could handle those spots,” Lipari said.
Even with new players filling roles of departed seniors a year ago, the Lumberjills still only have three seniors this season: first baseman Kara Lawrence, pitcher Makayla Knight and right fielder Katelyn Larson.
Patterson has three pitchers this season. In addition to Knight, junior Makenna LaGarde and sophomore Deja Dugar also have seen time on the mound.
Behind the plate is sophomore catcher Alexis Bernadou.
In addition to Lawrence in the infield, junior Maddy Harrington plays second base, while junior Gabby Marcel is the team’s shortstop. LaGarde is the team’s third baseman. When she pitches, sophomore Hayden Adams will play third base, and sometimes Knight will play third base, too.
In addition to Larson in the outfield, junior Layla Giroir holds down the Lumberjills’ leftfield position, while junior Grace Marin plays centerfield.
Sophomore Kaylee Craddock is the team’s designated player, and Adams also has seen time there.
Patterson played in three tournaments this season, competing in events at Berwick, Central Catholic and H.L. Bourgeois.
In district, Patterson faced Erath, David Thibodaux, North Vermilion, Abbeville, Kaplan and Berwick.