Northwestern State cruises past Jackson State, wins all six in NHDDC Lady Demon Classic

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NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State’s seven runs in the first inning propelled the Lady Demons to a 13-1 win against Jackson State on Sunday, completing a clean sweep of the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission’s Lady Demon Classic.

NSU (8-3) won all six tournament games this weekend and extended its winning streak to eight games, the longest since winning 11 straight in 2015.

Natchitoches native Madelyn Matt collected a career-high three hits, including singles in the seven-run first inning and the five-run third inning.

Matt’s (3-for-4) first-inning hit brought home a run, and she scored a run in the third inning, also stealing two bases.

“It feels great because we’re doing so much work in practice, and to come out and play this way – this is what we’ve been trying to do,” said Matt, a St. Mary’s alum. “It’s exciting because I didn’t get much playing time last year.

“Having this home field advantage and putting those runs on the board for our fans was great.”

Fellow Natchitoches native Kayla Roquemore (Natchitoches Central HS) collected two hits and scored a run.

Senior Sidney Salmans set the tone with a lead-off triple, sparking an eight-hit inning in which sophomore Hayley Barbazon, freshman E.C. Delafield (2-for-2), sophomore Sidney Harris, sophomore Elise Vincent (2 runs scored) and Matt collected RBIs.

Elise Vincent singled in twin sister Adele Vincent, who doubled in the inning.

The Lady Demons stacked 15 hits, the most since a 2016 win against Louisiana Tech.

A Matt single started the five-run third inning, and she scored on a Baleigh Glover sacrifice fly. Toni Hebert (1-for-2) singled in two runs, helped by RBIs from Kaylee Isenburg and Codi Vernace (2-for-4).

Vernace collected her first career hit Saturday against JSU in a walk-off home run.

“(The home run) was really exciting, and it was great to see the hard work pay off,” Vernace said. “My helmet doesn’t really fit on my head, so I couldn’t see anything running the bases.

“My helmet was going up and down, and all you could see is my smile. It was great to see all my friends waiting for me at home plate.”

The firepower was more than enough for pitchers E.C. Delafield and Ryann Bizette.

Delafield (2-0) allowed one run on two hits in two innings in the win.

Bizette threw three scoreless innings with a strikeout to finish the game.

“It’s been awesome because we’ve been working so hard,” Bizette said. “To get out on the field with everybody this weekend was fun.”

Bizette appeared in all three games against Jackson State, combining for six scoreless innings with just one hit.

In the tournament, NSU topped Jackson State three times, Stephen F. Austin twice and Memphis once. SFA topped Memphis twice and Jackson State once as the Southland Conference won every game that didn’t involve two SLC teams.

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