Mamou cannot hold on to lead; falls in playoffs
Mamou High catcher Angel Menier waits to apply a tag to a Lake Arthur runner in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. Mamou fell 3-2 to Lake Arthur on Wednesday. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)
MAMOU -- After not making the playoffs a year ago, the young and talented Mamou Lady Demon softball team was ready to make some huge noise in this year’s postseason.
Unfortunately for the Lady Demons, they were unable to hold on to a one run lead late in the game and were ousted by district rival the Lake Arthur Lady Tigers 3-2 in a heartbreaking first round playoff loss here Wednesday afternoon.
The game, which was scheduled for Tuesday washed out due to a heavy downpour and had to be played a day later.
After the game, Mamou head coach Kim Manuel was upset by the loss, but proud of her developing squad.
“They played hard all the way through,” said Manuel. “It is tough to play a district team three times. Nothing really fell for us today. We made some errors, especially on the bases that cost us today. It just was not our day.”
Lake Arthur came out of the gate and scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning.
Mamou answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the second when Katelyn Vidrine singled and later scored on a double by Hannah Israel.
After a scoreless third inning from both squads, Mamou took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, plating a single run. This time it was a courtesy runner for pitcher Dacia Richard that scored on a single from Sydney Bruney.
The game remained at 2-1 in favor of the Lady Demons until the top of the sixth. The Lady Tigers were able to capitalize on two base hits and a three Mamou errors to put home what turned out to be the winning runs.
With only one senior on the team, Manuel will now look to the future.
“Our one senior Lexi Fontenot was a very good role model with her work ethic and attitude. She will be missed.” stated Manuel.
Mamou finishes with a 14-13 overall record.