Big second inning lifts St. Louis

By By Rita LeBleu / American Press

The 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.