John Curtis wins thriller as seniors honored in softball, baseball
Area Prep Softball Report for Saturday, Mar. 14
On what was an emotional evening, the Archbishop Hannan softball tournament, played at John Curtis Christian Lower School in River Ridge after being moved from Coquille Park, turned out to be a Senior Night celebration with the uncertainty of what is to come with the season.
The first game saw Archbishop Hannan overcome Dutchtown 5-4 in eight innings before Hannan and St. Charles Catholic canceled their scheduled game.
Then, John Curtis Christian outscored Lewisburg, MS 10-9 in the finale.
With the Lady Patriots trailing 9-8, Grace Chaisson belted a 2-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to provide the margin of victory.
In a back-and-forth contest, Curtis jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning before Lewisburg took the lead with four runs in the top of the third. The Lady Patriots tied it with a run in the bottom of the third and took the lead with two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to make it 8-4.
Lewisburg then scored five runs in the top of the sixth to grab a 9-8 lead before Chaisson struck her decisive blow.
Sierra Sacco added a pair of hits for John Curtis (8-4) while Maddie Brower and Jalynn Taylor each had three hits and two RBI for Lewisburg (5-2).
Remi Hebert started for John Curtis, going five and a third innings before Madison Laiche came on and got the win in relief. Gabby Dickerson took the loss for Lewisburg.
It turned out to be a surreal evening.
Earlier, John Curtis was set to play St. Paul’s in baseball at 4 p.m. at Mike Miley Stadium in the Mike Robertson Memorial Tournament. First pitch was about to be made and it was halted, abruptly.
Due to cancellations by Catholic of Pointe Coupee and Terrebonne, Curtis was going to play St. Paul’s at 4 p.m., according to John Curtis athletic director Johnny Curtis.
“We called Mike Miley Stadium and they said it was good to go,” Curtis said. “We warmed up and the park director came up and said everything had to stop. We were about to throw out a first pitch. He had orders from Jefferson Parish. We were on the field, ready to start.”
As a result, the Patriot baseball team made its way to its lower school campus, where a softball tournament was going on.
“We honored all four teams and its seniors at the softball game,” Curtis said. “They had their parents there and we honored them on the field. We wanted to make sure they got their due as no one has answers about what is going to happen, in case this was it. We wanted something special for them. The good Lord took care of us.”
The Patriot baseball team will have one last day on the diamond, and hopefully not the end of their season, today.
“We will play Holy Cross and Catholic today at Holy Cross,” Curtis said. “Our kids will enjoy the competition.
Area Prep Softball Results from Friday, Mar. 13
Archbishop Hannan 5, Dutchtown 4 (8 innings)
John Curtis Christian 10, Lewisburg (MS) 9
Franklinton 9, Springfield 7
St. Thomas Aquinas 18, St. Scholastica 2 (game one)
St. Thomas Aquinas 13, St. Scholastica 3 (game two)
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