Though Hahnville dropped a tough game to Live Oak at the Lady Tigers’ annual softball tournament, HHS bested three other teams to make for a strong weekend overall. The Tigers entered the week with a 6-2 overall record after tournament wins over Cabrini, Beau Chene and Lutcher, each of those victories by five runs or more.
“Overall, I’m very pleased with how we played,” Hahnville coach Jerry Nugent said. “Obviously, you never want to lose a game, but you have to be pleased with the three wins. Karly (Taranto) had excellent command of the strike zone all weekend. She buckled down when she got in a jam. We hit extremely well. We were looking for that from our offense and our bats really came along.”
The Tigers’ 5-0 win over Cabrini saw HHS get to pitcher Karli Lynn Perque late, scoring five runs over the final three innings. Hahnville’s Karly Taranto outdueled Perque, pitching a complete game shutout. She allowed three hits and eight strikeouts.
HHS got seven hits as a team and took advantage of four Cabrini errors.
Hahnville’s win over Lutcher was a dominating one, 16-2 on Saturday, that saw big offensive days by Kelly Ortego (2 for 4, three runs scored), Pryscilla Prince (2 for 4, three runs, one RBI); and Kamryn Keller (2 for 4, one run, one RBI). The Tigers won by the 10-run rule in six innings.
The Tigers bested Beau Chene in another 10-run rule effort, this time winning 12-0 in five innings. Taranto pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout. She struck out five and walked two.
Offensively, Maeson Martindale (3 for 5, two home runs, five RBIs, three runs scored), Catherine Friloux (2 for 3, home run, three RBIs, two runs scored), Sarah Van Etta (2 for 3, two runs scored) and Danielle Duplay (3 for 3, two RBIs, one run scored) paced Hahnville. HHS notched 14 hits in the game.
Beau Chene was undefeated going into the game.
Live Oak (7-2) survived a back and forth game with the Tigers to spoil what was otherwise a perfect weekend for Hahnville. An RBI single by Live Oak’s Savannah Hall in the sixth inning pushed Live Oak ahead, and a solo home run by Brett Leiva in the seventh inning put the finishing touches on a 7-4 win.
“Both teams took advantage of some opportunities,” Nugent said. “It was a case of two good teams really going at one another. They just made that one or two extra plays. Credit to them … they jumped on us early and they came back to tie it once we took the lead.”
Baudouin went 3 for 4 at the plate for HHS.
There was good and bad news on the medical front for Hahnville. Baudouin, a Tigers’ rising talent at second base, suffered a fractured arm in the tournament. Baudouin, who was batting leadoff for the team, was originally thought to be potentially sidelined for the season; however, a later evaluation, Nugent said, was more forgiving, leaving the door open for a return.
“She’s going to be out for a few weeks, we know that,” he said. “But the X-rays showed it was a lot better than we thought. We think she could be back.”
Nugent said the Cabrini and Beau Chene wins were big ones for his team, coming back to back to start the tournament.
With Cabrini, you’re looking at one of the state’s best pitchers,” he said. “She’s battle tested and she’s gone deep in the tournament. Then to beat a very good Beau Chene team to follow that up … they didn’t really make a lot of mistakes or anything. We played a good game all around and earned our runs.”
Neither team committed an error in the game.