Lady Griffins get shut out by visiting Hahnville
The Dutchtown Lady Griffins got a quick glimpse of why the Hahnville Lady Tigers were the state runner-ups last season as they were blanked 11-0 at home on Thursday night.
Dutchtown came into the contest fresh off of their first loss of the year--a 9-6 defeat the night before to Live Oak. The loss was their first action in over a week after having their two previous games postponed due to weather.
Their return to action remained rocky after meeting with Hahnville.
The Lady Tigers got things started quickly as Taylor Hogan led off the game with a single into shallow right field. And after a steal and a sacrifice bunt by Kaylyn Morales, she got to third.
Lauren Simar then belted out a double that brought her home and gave Hahnville a 1-0 lead that remained until the third inning.
That's when things got out of hand for the Lady Griffins.
The game was still very much in doubt, but a six-run inning put the contest completely out of reach.
Hogan was the catalyst once again as she led the inning off with a double into left.
That's when Dutchtown freshman pitcher Ali McCoy really started to struggle with her control. She walked two straight batters to load the bases with no outs.
She then hit two straight batters to walk in two runs. She didn't get much help from the field either. Two more Hahnville runs scored after an error on a throw to first base.
And after another Lady Tiger came home on a wild pitch and another run was scored on another Dutchtown fielding error, Hahnville built up a daunting 7-0 lead that the dormant Lady Griffin bats couldn't come close to erasing.
The only positive for Dutchtown came in the bottom of the fourth when Aleah Craighton broke up a potential no-hitter for Lauren Beadle with a double. However, the Lady Griffins never capitalized on the hit.
The 7-0 score carried on until the sixth inning when Hahnville exploded for four more runs to put their finishing touches on the effort.
Maeson Martindale collected herself a two-RBI-double to stretch the lead to 9-0. And to end things, the Lady Tigers scored one more run on a wild pitch and one more on a Dutchtown fielding error.
Beadle was brilliant in the win for Hahnville. She pitched a complete-game shutout and only gave up the one hit in the process.
From behind the plate, Hogan led the way--going 3-4 with two RBIs. Megan Bush went 2-3, and Simar went 2-2 with an RBI.
The Lady Griffins struggled immensely from the batter's box with Craighton producing their only hit of the game.
And from the mound, it was a very rough outing for McCoy as she gave up seven earned runs on nine hits, and she also walked seven batters.
However, despite the crushing loss, the Lady Griffins bounced back very nicely over the weekend.
In the Coach I Invitational Tournament, they cruised to three dominating wins. They started things off with a 13-3 victory over Central, followed it with a 9-2 win over Covington and finished it off with a 11-1 beatdown of Destrehan.
They'll try to keep the momentum going this Thursday evening when they face Parkview Baptist at home and then take part in the St. Amant Invitational Tournament over the weekend.