Patterson High School's Makayla Knight
(The Daily Review/Corwin Murray)
South Beauregard dominates Patterson 11-0
The South Beauregard nickname may be the Lady K’s as the school’s mascot is the Knights, but the nickname took on a different meaning in Monday’s 11-0 regional round playoff win against Patterson.
South Beauregard (22-5) got another pitching gem from ace Karina Simpkins. The senior pitched a complete game no-hitter while striking out 10. She also threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the team’s 15-0 first round win against Baker.
“She has been our horse all year, and we go as she goes,” South Beauregard Coach Brandon Bushell said. “And when she’s on, we’re hard to beat, and she was really on today.”
Simpkins fanned nine straight Lumberjills’ batters Monday.
But, she also got help from her defense when Patterson (9-17-1) put the ball in play.
“We preach throw strikes, have good at-bats and take care of the ball, and nothing changes,” Bushell said. “It doesn’t matter, district game or non-district game, tournament game or playoff game. We’ll do the same thing in the next game. It’s our winning formula.”
No. 8 South Beauregard will face the winner of Tuesday’s game between No.1 Brusly and No. 16 St. James in the quarterfinals.
Patterson ace Makayla Knight pitched pretty well after returning from injury last week.
The Lady K’s pushed across a run with two outs in the first inning to open the scoring. But, they got an RBI double after a walk for a 2-0 lead. A sacrifice bunt and another double pushed South Beauregard to a 4-0.
“They jumped on us early, and they got some clutch hits that put us behind the eight ball early,” Patterson Coach Matt Lipari said. “And their senior pitcher pitched one heck of a game. She was hard to hit. She was hitting her spots on the outside corner, and she was a little faster than anything we’ve seen this year.
“We had a good season, and I wish we would’ve had a healthy pitcher all season, but we have some good talent coming up,” Lipari added.