Sacred Heart’s Karli Fontenot slides under the tag of the Opelousas Catholic catcher for the winning run in the Lady Trojan’s dramatic 12-11 win Tuesday afternoon. With the win, Sacred Heart is now 11-6 on the season and 1-1 in District 5-2A play. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux)
VILLE PLATTE – It took until the final at bat before the Sacred Heart Lady Trojan softball team could claim their first district win of the season, as they slid past the Opelousas Catholic Lady Vikings 12-11 here Tuesday afternoon.
Sacred Heart has had a number of close games this season, but according to head coach Dusty Collette, win or lose the resiliency of his team always comes through.
“At the beginning of the season, we probably lost these types of games,” stated Collette. “Right here we just kept battling and we finished strong.”
“We just have to keep having a positive attitude no matter what happens,” he continued. “The resiliency and the never say die attitude has shown through all season and it did again today.”
The game was tight the entire way, with no team gaining more than a two run advantage.
Opelousas Catholic got things started in the top of the first with a single run. The Lady Vikings had bases loaded with two outs, but Sacred Heart was able to quell the tide and hold Opelousas Catholic to the one run.
The Lady Trojans answered in the bottom of the first when Caroline Fontenot scored from second base on a single by Karli Fontenot.
The Lady Vikings regained the momentum, plating two more runs in the top of the second.
However, Sacred Heart would not let the momentum get too high on the opposing side of the field, as they were able to put across two runs of their own to tie the game at 3-3.
After holding Opelousas Catholic scoreless in the top of the third inning, the Lady Trojans took the lead for the first time in the game when Olivia Hernandez scored on a single off of the bat of Emilyse Bergeron.
That lead did not last, as the Lady Vikings were able to tack on five runs courtesy of six hits and three walks in the top of the fourth.
But, Sacred Heart dug deep and came up with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to create another tie ball game.
The Lady Trojans looked like they may put the game away in the fifth inning. Sacred Heart held Opelousas Catholic scoreless in the top of the inning and pushed two more runs across in the bottom part of the inning to take a 10-8 advantage.
Still, the Lady Vikings would not go away quietly as they scored three runs in the top of the sixth to hold a one run lead once again.
Sacred Heart tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Erin Fontenot crossed the plate and even more importantly held Opelousas Catholic scoreless in the top of the seventh.
With the Lady Trojans needing only one run to take the win, Karli Fontenot delivered the biggest blow of the game when she led off with a stand-up triple down the left field line.
Hernandez came to the plate and hit a fly ball to center field, allowing Fontenot to tag up. Fortunately, Fontenot got to the plate just in time to score the run and seal the win.