Softball: Hahnville overcomes slow start to down Ascension Christian in St. Amant tourney

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Area Prep Softball Report for Saturday, March 13

Hahnville started very slowly and things were not looking good early on Friday against Ascension Christian.

The Tigers eventually awakened, exploded and overcame Ascension Christian 14-8 at the St. Amant Tournament.

The Lions jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, taking advantage of shaky defense by the Tigers.

Hahnville cut the deficit to 5-2 in the third inning and scored a run in the fourth to make it 5-3.

Hahnville took its first lead with five runs in the fifth inning to make it 8-5. The Tigers scored four in the sixth inning and two in the seventh inning.

The Tigers banged out 18 hits against losing pitcher Madison Gautreau (5-6).

Mackenzie Kleibert picked up the win in relief of Laney Waguespack. Kleibert pitched the final five innings.

Makenna Cortez was 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored for the Tigers while Kathryn Smith was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Waguespack was also 3-for-5 and drove in three runs.

“We started off very slowly but responded well,” Hahnville coach Jerry Nugent said. “It was a gut-check game for us and finding a way to fight back, get the lead and eventually take control of the game. I liked our effort.”

Hahnville (8-8) will play twice Saturday in the tournament, facing Sam Houston at 11 a.m. and Notre Dame at 5 p.m.

Area Prep Softball Results from Friday, March 12
Ascension Catholic 15, Fontainebleau 1
Hahnville 14, Ascension Christian 8
Holden 8, Archbishop Hannan 7
Lusher Charter 18, Grace King 0
New Orleans Military & Maritime 13, John F. Kennedy 5
Pine 6, Springfield 4
St. Thomas More 2, Lutcher 1

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