By Bryan Davis
Bayou got revenge for Saturday’s loss to Hebron on Monday. That loss was the first for the Lady Colts in North State Tournament play in five years.
The Lady Eagles would eventually fall to Bayou twice before the tournament was over, once 1-0 and the second time 11-0.
An 8-0 win over Tri-County finished off the winner’s bracket in the early-week games, and the Lady Eagles are set to play State Tournament ball on Saturday.
“Overall this was an outstanding tournament for us,” said Hebron head coach Cass Tapley. “I am extremely proud of the way they fought the entire time. We took care of the teams that we should and that win against Bayou on saturday was the best one I have ever been a part of.”
The Hebron-Tri-County game was a close one, until the sixth inning. Going into that sixth scoreless, Hebron exploded for eight runs on eight hits.
Chloe Tapley struck out 18 Lady Rebels, including the first nine straight batters of the game. One two base runners reached, one on an error and one on a walk.
“I knew we were eventually going to get the runs, bur for the the first five innings, we were just scattering our hits and hitting it right to fielders,” Tapley said.
Leading the offensive charge, Alaina Hill got two hits in four at-bats, with a run. Cathryn Moore also had two hits, including a double, a run and two RBI.
Magen Tapley had a hit and an RBI.
Beverly Blake had two hits and a run, and Tori Nichols had a hit, a run and two RBI.
Jessica Flemming had a triple, a run and an RBI. Brittany Ousley had a hit, and Hillary Arnold was 2-for-3, with a run and a RBI.
The first of Hebron’s losses in the tournament came against Bayou in a 1-0 affair, much like the one that Hebron came out in front on Saturday.
“This was almost a mirror of the game Saturday, except we did not hit the ball as well,” Tapley said. “Saturday, we had a few opportunities to score some more runs, but today we only really had one scoring opportunity, and that was in the sixth.”
In that inning, the Lady Eagles had runners at second and third, but a two-out gapper stayed up just long enough to be caught to end the threat.
“If it gets down, we win 2-1,” Tapley said. “It just didn’t happen.”
Arnold accounted for the only Lady Eagle hit in the game. Bayou had three, and two came in the same inning, resulting in the lone run.
Chloe Tapley pitched another seven innings, striking out eight batters.
When the two teams met again, things were not even close. Bayou was true to its dominating form in the post-season, taking down Hebron 11-0.
“Even though they had scored some runs early I thought we still played solid defense in the field until the fifth, when the wheels finally came off with several errors,” Tapley said.
The Lady Eagles certainly made a name for themselves, beating Bayou on Saturday. Now they have secured their first ever trip to the state tournament, they are looking for big things this weekend.
“Hebron is headed to the State Tournament for the first time ever, and we are going to make it as enjoyable as possible for the girls,” Tapley said. “We are not just happy to be there. Make no mistake we are going there to win it.”