St. Louis' Mary Guillory steals third base as South Beauregard's Julia Courville makes the late sweep tag in the fourth inning of a District 4-3A game Thursday. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, March 21, 2014 5:51 PMThe St. Louis Lady Saints didn’t want to let South Beauregard have a chance to breathe Thursday night, jumping out to a big lead early en route to a 7-3 win in District 4-3A play.
The Saints opened the game by shutting down the Lady K’s in the top of the first before loading up the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning. South Beauregard pitcher Heather Simmons struck out the next two batters but couldn’t pull herself all the way out of the jam as Shannon Dalton hit a shot into the gap to drive home a pair of runs.
The Saints stretched the lead to 5-0 in the second inning when left fielder Sydney Witherwax hit a deep line drive down the first-base line, driving home a pair of runners before she made a successful trip back to home plate for the inside-the-park home run.
Despite putting together a pair of solid innings at the plate, the lead proved to be too much for the Lady K’s to recover from.
“We just got outplayed today,” said South Beauregard head coach Jack Deason. “St. Louis came out and played hard, and we didn’t.”
The win left the Saints (8-5, 3-0) atop the district standings, tied with Iota after knocking the Lady K’s (5-7, 2-1) from the unbeaten ranks.
“South Beauregard is awesome,” said St. Louis head coach Jessica Provost. “They always have been and they always will be so I was proud of my girls coming out and doing their jobs today. This was a great win.”
Dalton led the way for the Saints, going 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. She was also responsible for shutting down the Lady K’s defensively, holding them to three runs.
“I think what (Shannon) did today was pretty amazing; she showed a lot of adversity and a lot of character,” Provost said. “When she got down she kept fighting, and I think it is great that she has a team that stands behind her no matter what.”
The Lady K’s put together their best inning in the top of the fifth, driving home two runs on a Madison Moses single, but failed to capitalize on the momentum.
Allie Parker led the way for South Beauregard at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.