Softball: Ponchatoula, John Curtis, Riverside victorious Thursday

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Area Prep Softball Report for Friday, April 2

In an absolutely wild District 6-5A contest, Ponchatoula built a big lead and then held off a furious Fontainebleau rally to edge the Bulldogs 16-15 at Ponchatoula.

Fontainebleau took the early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning and made it 4-0 with a run in the top of the second.

The Green Wave scored a run in the bottom of the second inning and took their first lead with four runs in the bottom of the third to make it 5-4.

Ponchatoula scored twice in the fourth inning to make it 7-4.

The Bulldogs (14-7, 7-3) scored a run in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 7-5 before the Green Wave extended the lead to 10-5 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and appeared to have the game secured.

That is when Fontainebleau erupted for 10 runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a commanding 15-10 lead and it appeared that the Bulldogs had a win secured.

That is when Ponchatoula staged a dramatic, 6-run rally to win the contest.

Kylie Burks was the hitting star, with a home run and six RBI. Sadie Wells had two hits and two RBI while Christina Curtis had a pair of RBI. Lily Crittenden had two hits and an RBI.

Crittenden picked up the win for the Green Wave.

Ponchatoula (15-10, 6-3) has now won eighth of nine games.

Make it 11 straight wins for John Curtis Christian.

The Lady Patriots shutout Dominican 4-0 at Harahan Playground in a District 9-5A showdown between the top two teams in the most recent LHSAA Division I power ratings.

In a good pitcher’s dual, the game was scoreless into the top of the sixth inning when the Lady Patriots scored two runs before adding two more in the seventh inning.

Kai Goodman was the star for John Curtis, pitching a complete game one-hitter, striking out three. At the plate, Goodman had two hits and two RBI while Danielle McCartney drove in a run.

Elise Simon took the loss for Dominican, going the distance while striking out 10, allowing just four hits.

John Curtis (18-2, 5-0) clinched a district title and will play at Brusly next Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Dominican (16-6, 2-2) will host Archbishop Chapelle next Tuesday at 5 p.m.

In District 9-1A, Riverside Academy blitzed St. Martin’s Episcopal in a pair of one-sided games, winning 15-0 and 19-2 at Reserve.

In the first game shortened to three innings by the mercy rule, the Rebels scored twice in the bottom of the first inning and added six runs in the second to make it 6-0. Riverside finished it with nine runs in the bottom of the third.

Sophomore Camryn Loving was outstanding at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a home run, double, single and three RBI while junior Alonah Felton was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Sophomore Alainah Felton was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored and senior Ashley Hymel had a hit and two RBI for the Lady Rebels.

Sophomore Ava Fernandez did not allow a hit in three innings, walking one and striking out two to pick up the win.

Riverside (13-6, 6-0) will host Dutchtown Tuesday at 5 p.m. while the Saints fell to 5-9, 5-1 in district play.

Area Prep Softball Results from Thursday, April 1
Academy of Our Lady 10, East Ascension 7
Archbishop Hannan 19, Jewel Sumner 0
Ben Franklin 17, Warren Easton 7
Covenant Christian 3, St. James 0
Covington 3, Slidell 0
Doyle 18, Northlake Christian 0
Franklinton 9, Lakeshore 2
Hahnville 16, Archbishop Chapelle 1
John Curtis Christian 4, Dominican 0
Kenner Discovery 14, Landry 2
Lusher Charter 17, Cabrini 6
Lutcher 6, Berwick 1
Northshore 15, Hammond 0
Ponchatoula 16, Fontainebleau 15
Riverside Academy 15, St. Martin’s Episcopal 0
Riverside Academy 19, St. Martin’s Episcopal 2
Springfield 13, French Settlement 10
St. Charles Catholic 17, McGehee 0
St. Thomas Aquinas 11, Pope John Paul II 0
Vandebilt Catholic 5, Destrehan 0

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