Lady Colts win first two at North State
by Andy Collier
Sep 25, 2013 | 1509 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bayou Academy Lady Colts had everyone seating on the edge of the bleachers in on the first day North AA State Fast Pitch Softball tournament here at Bear Pen Park Monday afternoon.

After winning the first game 2-0 over Tri-County, the Lady Colts found themselves in a battle with the Leake Academy Lady Rebels. The Lady Colts trailed 3-0 early in the game, and found themselves with their backs against the wall. Bayou was able to dig down deep and battle back to win 4-3. The second round, which was set to start today, was pushed back to Wednesday because of the rain. Bayou, 32-5 will play Canton in a winner’s bracket game on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. The championship game is set to start at 2:30 p.m.

“Our bats were off in the first game,” Bayou head coach Lauren LaSuzzo said. “We just stayed in there and battled. I was really pleased with that. In the second game, we could have laid down when they went up 3-0. We kept battling and got one (run) at a time. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second, the Lady Colts got the bats going as Shelby Newsom roped a lead-off double to get things started. The next batter, Taylor Newton, found herself in a hole as she fell behind no balls and two strikes in the count. Newton ended up fouling two more pitches and drew two more ball to even the count at 2-2. On the next pitch, Newton roped a single to center to put runners at first and third. The Lady Colts cashed in on their opportunities as Ana Parker Davis drilled a single that scored Newsom and Newton to cut the deficit to 3-2.

In the top of the third, Bayou pitcher Ashley Vickers found herself in some trouble as she walked the lead off and gave up a single to second batter to put runners at first and second with no out. Vickers settled and retired the next three batters to get out of the jam and keep the score at 3-2.

In the top of the fourth, the Lady Colts got some good defensive help as catcher Carley Peden through a base runner out at second trying to score with two outs to end the inning and keep the game at 3-2.

In the bottom of the fourth, Bayou got another rally started as Newton was hit by a pitch to start the inning. With two out, the Lady Colts were able to tie the game as Kailyn Lofton blasted a double to score Newton to make the score 3-3. The next batter, Taylor Ann Bailey came in the clutch by drilling a single that score Lofton to put the Lady Colts ahead 4-3.

Leake tried to start a come back in the top of the fifth as a base runner reached base on a dropped ball by Davis, but Davis atoned for her error as she threw the runner out at second on the play for the first out of the inning. Vickers settled down again as she retired the next two batters to secure the win.

Out of the three runs Vickers gave up in the circle, only one was earned. Vickers yielded five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in the five-inning complete game effort.

Davis led the Lady Colts at the plate with two hits and two RBIs, followed by Newton with a hit and two runs, Lofton with a hit, a RBI and a run, Bailey with a hit and a RBI, Newsom with a hit and a run and Peden with a hit.

Against Tri-County, Vickers was sensational in the circle as she gave up just four hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts in a six-inning complete game. Vickers threw first pitch strikes to 19 of the 22 batters she faced.

Lofton led the Lady Colts at the plate with three hits, followed by Bailey with two hits and a RBI, Newsom with two hits and a run and Newton with a hit and a RBI.