Central Catholic's Emily Lipari
(The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Lady Eagles will try to knock off top seed Ouachita Christian
First-year Central Catholic Softball Coach Linda Sanders said she assembled a tough schedule to prepare her team for moments like Saturday when her squad will take on its toughest Division IV playoff opponent to date, top-seed Ouachita Christian.
The two teams will meet Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ouachita Christian School in Monroe.
Throughout a schedule the Lady Eagles have navigated with a young team en route to a 22-9 mark, Sanders said the Lady Eagles have faced a lot of talented pitching and quality hitters.
“This is why I played the tough schedule that we played for this moment,” Sanders said. “To face a team like this, a No. 1 seed, so we could be prepared.”
Sanders said if her team can execute, they can be competitive with Ouachita Christian and can beat them.
Ouachita Christian (24-5) finished in a three-way tie for the District 2-1A title with Cedar Creek, and Oak Grove. All three teams had 4-1 marks in league play.
Ouachita Christian has won six straight. Its last loss was a 15-2 defeat to West Monroe on April 1.
Ouachita Christian and Central Catholic have common opponents in Assumption, Ascension Catholic and Houma Christian.
Each team beat all three opponents.
Sanders said Ouachita Christian is a tough opponent with a good pitcher, quality hitters, and they play solid defense.
“They’re going to be a tough team to face this year,” she said.
In its first-round playoff victory against Houma Christian, Ouachita Christian scored in every inning of a 12-0 run-rule victory in five innings.
Ouachita Christian had 10 hits, but five of those were for extra bases with two doubles, one triple and two home runs.
On the mound, Sarah Tilmon tossed a two-hitter with three walks and six strikeouts.
Offensively, Carlye Rothschild led Ouachita Christian with a 2-for-3 performance with a home run, an RBI, a stolen base and three runs, while Tilmon was 1-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and a run. Other top Ouachita Christian offensive contributors were Carley Teekell, 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs; Carolyn Dorris, 1-for-3, a triple, an RBI and a run; and Allie Rae Hamby, 1-for-2, a double, a stolen base and three runs.
Meanwhile, Sanders said Central Catholic had one of its better offensive performances of the year in its 11-0 run-rule victory in five innings against district foe Vermilion Catholic in first-round action in Amelia Monday.