Hahnville led 5-3 in a tense road battle at Live Oak in round two of the Class 5A LHSAA playoffs when Adeline Bertrand walked up to the plate with one on in the fifth inning.
Bertrand went yard – and Hahnville scored what ultimately turned out to be the winning runs what became an 8-3 victory, spurring the Lady Tigers into the state quarterfinals.
She finished the game 1-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Brazzi Jacob was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Hahnville. Laney Waguespack tripled, and on the mound earned the win in a complete game effort, allowing two earned runs (five total) one seven hits.
Hahnville got on the board first in the second inning when Lauren Crochet bunted home Morgan DeJean, who was running for Waguespack after she tripled to lead off the inning. Kate Bruce singled home Crochet later in the inning to make it 2-0. Sara Roussel’s sacrifice fly in the next at-bat made it 3-0, scoring Sydnie Sirmon.
Live Oak cut the lead to one over the next two innings. Kameran Kent doubled to lead off the bottom of the second and was brought home by Bailey. Then in the third inning, a Shaun Leiva shot to the outfield resulted in an error that made it a 3-2 HHS lead.
Kent’s second double of the day to lead off for Live Oak in the fourth put her team in position to tie the game, which it did on a Brooks fly ball and error in the outfield.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the fifth with no outs after Jacob led off with a single, then back-to-back hit batters. Katie Ortego drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run. Kent, on in relief on the mound, regrouped to record a strikeout and groundout, but then Avery Edgar drew a walk of her own to force in the day’s fifth run for HHS. Kent got a pop out to end the inning.
In the sixth, Jacob singled with one out – and Bertrand delivered a home run shot to give HHS some cushion.
Another bases loaded walk, this time by Jacob, made it 8-3 for Hahnville. But Live Oak challenged in their final chance to bat – Kaylee Chandler and Hayley Hughes reached to lead off the inning, with an error leading to Chandler scoring. Magee doubled in a run to make it 8-5.
But Waguespack and the Tigers closed out the game, getting the final two outs to propel themselves to the next round. They are now one win away from Sulphur and the state softball tournament.
Hahnville will face the winner of No. 18 Dutchtown and No. 2 St. Amant in the quarterfinal round.