One inning can change the complexion of a softball game.
E.D. White Catholic High School and St. Charles Catholic found that out in Wednesdays District 10-3A game.
The Lady Comets held a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning. St. Charles broke the game open with five runs in the inning, leading to an 8-2 win over EDW.
The win put St. Charles at 18-7 overall and 5-1 in district. The Lady Cardinals dropped to 12-11, 4-2.
Yes. We got our butts whipped, and that is fair to say that, EDW coach Scott Dupont said. They did it offensively and defensively, and in every way, they could beat us. I dont know if we came out emotionally ready to play, like the Lutcher game.
I do think we responded well early, but after the big inning that is when we got deflated and we hung our heads. That is what I am most disappointed with.
The Lady Comets built a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run home run by Ashley Reine in the first inning. And made it 3-0 in the fourth when Bridgette Millet (3-for-3, RBI) doubled and later scored on an error.
Offensively, the Lady Cardinals had eight hits, compared to 10 for St. Charles.
EDW had a chance to get a run back in the fourth. But with one out, courtesy runner Cherie Orgeron was thrown out at home on a fly ball hit by Ashton Andolsek. The double play kept the Lady Cardinals off the scoreboard and gave St. Charles momentum entering the fifth inning.
St. Charles offense found its mark in the fifth with a double, four singles and two walks to score five runs for an 8-0 lead.
We hit the ball in that inning as well as we hit the ball all year, SCC coach David Lowry said. We took them one at a time with the bases loaded. And Ashley Reines home run set the tone for us.
Today, we really played well defensively, and it is tough to play on the road. Now, we are in the drivers seat, and we are happy to be where we are.
Jenna Oncale led off the inning with a double.
Brittany Vicknair and Reine each drew walks sandwiched around Mary Clements sacrifice fly.
With one out and the bases loaded, the Lady Comets played station to station as Millet, Felicia Taylor, Paige Braud and Brittany Marse hit consecutive singles, scoring four runs for a 7-0 lead.
St. Charles added one more run when Taylor scored on Angelle Cupits ground out. The inning ended when Oncale grounded out.
The Lady Cardinals offense found a spark in the sixth inning.
Caitlyn Donegan (2-for-3) led off with a single. She advanced to third on Catherine Blanchards (2-for-2) double.
EDW starting pitcher Beth Bourgeois followed with a single that scored Donegan. On the play, Bourgeois went to second base, and St. Charles committed an error trying to throw her out. The error allowed EDW to get another run for an 8-2 score.
Clement got the complete game win for the Lady Comets, walking one and striking out four.
Bourgeois took the loss as she walked four batters and struck out two.