Angelina denied Bossier Parish Community College of its first-ever trip to the NJCAA Division I Softball World Series Monday with a 6-5 win in the championship game of the Region XIV Tournament at Bossier Parish, but the Lady Cavaliers’ season isn’t over.
BPCC will play San Jacinto today at noon for second place and a trip to Oxford, Alabama to play in the world series.
The Lady Cavs, who had their 11-game win streak snapped, battled back from deficits of 4-0 and 6-3 Monday to get within 6-5 with one last chance to tie or win the game. Madison Ruiz started the seventh by reaching base on an infield error. But Roadrunner reliver Gianna Wade closed the door with a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to close out the game.
Trailing 4-0, BPCC got on the board on a McKenzie Vestal solo home run in the third inning. The Lady Cavaliers got within 4-3 in the fifth on a Fia Tofi two-run blast to centerfield.
Haley Primrose upped the Roadrunner lead to 6-3 with a two-run home run in the sixth.
Bossier Parish (44-15) got those runs back in the bottom of the sixth. Tofi hit one off the bottom of the rightfield fence for a double to score second basemen Mikinzie Sutts and Gracie Bellard followed that with a single to score Briana DeLeon to pull the Cavs within 6-5.
Wade picked up the win, her second of the season, for Angelina (26-21) working the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing no hits or runs, as she walked one and struck out three.
Tofi led BPCC at the plate going 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Ruiz was 2-for-4 and Stutts 2-for-5. Brielle Moreno came in to relieve Malory Pitre and finished the last 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, three runs, walking one and striking out five.
San Jacinto (42-18) defeated Trinity Valley 1-0 in the losers’ bracket final behind sophomore Christin Haygood’s five-hit shutout that included eight strikeouts. Haygood improved her record to 19-2 with the win.