Bienvenu’s speed plus opponent error clinches Lady Tiger victory over Calvary Baptist

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By Trent Friedel, exclusive to the Times

Saint Mary’s softball had the bats swinging in recent action. The ladies hold the 9 seed in division IV currently with a record of 12-9. The diamond dazzlers are on a five-game winning streak and have been lighting up the scoreboard with runs as of late. Last weekend had the team traveling to Shreveport to play in the Calvary Baptist tournament and the Lady Tigers shocked the host team. Calvary Baptist is the number three seed in division III and a force to contend with. The tournament had St. Mary’s playing Converse first Friday evening and the Tigers pushed ahead in the sixth inning to take a lead and didn’t look back. They held on to secure a 12 – 8 victory and advanced to play Calvary.

Let me tell you, what a game. Saint Mary’s started the scoring in the first by putting two runs up in the bottom of the frame as the home team on a sac fly by Chloe Longlois.

They added another run in the second inning. Ashlyn Beaty led off with a double and got home on a two out double by Reagan Davis. Tigers held a three nothing lead to start the third. Just when you thought St. Mary’s was in control, the Cavaliers unsheathed their sword. Calvary managed a home run in the top of the third to keep things interesting. The fourth inning had neither club crossing the plate.

Calvary went to work in the fourth inning putting four runners across home plate and taking a five-three lead over the Tigers. The Cavaliers reached base on a walk, advanced on a sac bunt and then scored on a double. The Tigers issued up another walk and then a double. A single followed for Calvary and that plated two runs. Saint Mary’s answered the top of the inning challenge by plating one run and making it a 5 – 4 game through six innings. The seventh inning is a repeat of the fourth with no runs recorded. The Lady Tigers shut down the Cavaliers in the seventh.

Saint Mary’s gets Anna Peluso to first on a base on balls. She steals second to get into scoring position. She advances to third and would score on a wild pitch to knot things up at 5 each. It would only take one more frame to clinch the victory as the Tigers score in the eighth to win 6 – 5.

Maria Bienvenu reaches second base and Meredith Mott on first. Longlois hits to short for what looks like a double play ball. The short stop makes the out at second base and has a bad throw to first. Bienvenu never slows down as she rounds third for home on the play and scores from second base to seal the deal. Tigers WIN.

Parkway was next up to get torched by the Tigers. Saint Mary’s put an old fashioned beat down on the Panthers beating them in only three innings. Saint Mary’s scored 4 runs in the first, 3 runs in the second and 9 in the third.

The Ladies returned to the confines of their home diamond Monday to host Choudrant. They showed no signs of letting their foot off the scoring gas pedal that has been their forte lately.

Saint Mary’s only allowed one run in the first inning and then went to work. The girls scored three in the first, one run in the third and fourth inning. They broke the door down in the fifth with four runners crossing home plate and added insurance in the sixth with two more. After that home show, Saint Mary’s traveled to Alexandria the following day to play district foe University Academy.

Let’s just say the bats are on fire for the Lady Tigers. They went off on the host Lions scoring 16 runs thanks in large part to six RBI’s posted by Longlois. Next opponent for the Tigers is Menard. The Tigers travel to Alexandria to play the Eagles in non-district action but Catholic school and Diocese bragging rights.