Lady Bucs knock the wind out of Lady Gators

HAUGHTON HERO: Macey Schut had a big night in the circle and at the plate for the Lady Buccaneers at Captain Shreve.

By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD, Journal Sports

Captain Shreve had more to battle than just the wind when the Lady Gators hosted Haughton in a District 1-5A softball matchup Tuesday evening. The Lady Buccaneers cruised to an 8-0 victory behind a strong performance by pitcher Macey Schut, spectacular defense, and outstanding hitting.

Leading 3-0, Haughton broke the game wide open in the top of the fifth with doubles by Brooklyn Bockhaus, Sara White and Schut to fuel the 5-run inning.

With the victory, the Lady Bucs improved to 13-9 overall and 5-1 in district while the Lady Gators dropped to 12-9 and 3-3. Natchitoches Central leads the district at 6-1, followed by Haughton and Airline at 5-1.

Captain Shreve fell to 12-9 overall and 3-3 in district play. Tuesday’s game was the final scheduled district game for both teams. Haughton, however, travels to Benton (13-6, 2-2) today to finish last week’s district game against the Lady Tigers. The Lady Bucs were leading 7-5 in the top of the eighth inning when the game was called.

Schut gave up just two hits and struck out five in six innings against Captain Shreve. Dixie Williams closed out the seventh inning, giving up one hit and striking out Addison Smith for the final out.

“Macey pitched really well and threw lots of balls hard,” Haughton coach Leanne Prather said. “Both our pitchers threw hard. And we hit the ball on the nose all night. There were probably five balls that would have gone out of the yard if it hadn’t been for the strong wind blowing in.”

Ariana Mathews went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and White finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI for the Lady Bucs.

In addition to the strong performance on the mound and at the plate, the Lady Bucs also put on a show in the field with two double plays and no errors.

“Our middle infielders played really well tonight, too,” Prather said.

Haughton got on the board in the bottom of the first when Brochaus scored on a sacrifice fly by Mathews. The Lady Bucs, who finished with 12 hits, added two more runs in third with doubles from Brochaus and Ella Vickers.

The Lady Gators, whose only hits came from Mikel-Ann Ricardo and Maggie Guy, loaded the bases with three walks in the bottom of the third inning but were unable to bring across a run.

Shreve travels to Springhill on Thursday for a non-district game against North Webster.

Photo by JOHN PENROD