Tyler Oubre and the Destrehan Lady Wildcats did it once again.
For the second time in the postseason, Oubre tossed a shutout and factored in the game’s only run as Destrehan advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals with a 1-0 win Tuesday over visiting Northshore.
This time, it took Oubre, who struck out 16 Northshore batters, and the Lady Wildcats 13 innings to get the job done. In two playoff games, she had not allowed a run in a total of 20 innings.
Along with her strikeout total, the sophomore pitcher allowed only four hits and had three intentional walks.
In other playoff action involving River Parish teams, Lutcher edged Belle Chasse 4-3, while Hahnville fell to Ouachita Parish 4-3, and St. James was eliminated 5-0 by Brusly.
In the bottom of the 13th inning between Destrehan and Northshore, Oubre got the winning rally going with a leadoff single. A wild pitch advanced Oubre to second before she reached third base on a sacrifice bunt by Chelsea Franck.
Northshore (21-4) intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases. T’Auna Fenroy, the ninth batter in the order, followed with a base hit to short center field to plate Oubre with the winning run.
“As long as we keep winning them, I’m OK with it,” Destrehan coach Ken Montz said of the two, one-run wins.
The win advances Destrehan (16-16) to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. The Lady Wildcats, the No. 23 seed, will play at No. 2 Airline at 1 p.m. Saturday. Airline advanced with a 6-4 eight-inning win over Alexandria, the No. 18 seed.
Destrehan loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning but two pop outs and a strikeout by Northshore pitcher Montana Young ended the threat.
In the top of the 12th inning, a bunt single by Ashlyn Shirah and a sacrifice bunt put Shirah in scoring position. A wild pitch allowed Shirah to advance to third base with two outs. Northshore attempted a squeeze bunt but Alaina Appe hit a grounder back to Oubre to end the inning.
Young was the tough-luck loser for Northshore. She struck out 14 batters while allowing only five hits and three walks.
“It was a really, really good game between two good 5A high school softball teams with two really good pitchers and it is what 5A softball should be like,” said Montz.
The Destrehan-Airline game sets up as another pitchers’ duel. Airline features sophomore Raelin Chaffin, a LSU commitment.
“Their pitcher is legit. She is the best pitcher I’ve seen the last few years in high school. She committed to LSU before she ever threw a pitch in high school,” Montz said of Chaffin.
The teams are familiar with one another. Destrehan lost 9-0 to Airline in a tournament earlier in the season.
“We had to play back-to-back in a tournament on a Saturday. We had just lost an extra-inning game to Mangham and we had to come back 15 minutes later and play Airline. We weren’t really mentally ready to play,” said Montz.
Lutcher 4, Belle Chasse 3: The Lady Bulldogs trailed 3-0 after the first inning but rallied for four runs in the sixth to win at Belle Chasse in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Lutcher, the No. 10 seed, will host North Desoto at 4 p.m. Friday. North Desoto, the No. 2 seed, advanced with a 10-0 five-inning win over Pearl River, the No. 15 seed.
Kristen Poche led off the top of the sixth by reaching base on an error and Kami Dufresne walked. A double to left by Jayden Darr scored a run. After a walk loaded the bases, a hit batsman by Belle Chasse pitcher Emily Clark allowed another run to score.
With the bases still loaded, Brooke Plaisance had a ball bounce off her glove but the third baseman touched the bag for a force out. Plaisance then threw home and Cardinals catcher Gracee Hess touched the plate. Because of the out at third, the force play was no longer in effect and with the Lutcher baserunner not tagged, the run scored to tie the game.
A single by Evyn Vicknair scored what proved to be the game-winning run.
Lutcher (15-10) fell behind 3-0 in the first inning by allowing three unearned runs behind a pair of Lady Bulldog errors. A throwing error allowed Hess to score from second base. Kelsy Johnson had a run-scoring sacrifice and Bela Dekovic a double to score the final run of the inning.
Lady Bulldogs pitcher Allie Bland allowed on three hits after Belle Chasse’s three-run first inning.
Belle Chasse ended its season at 19-10.
Ouachita Parish 4, Hahnville 3: The Lady Tigers led 3-1 before Ouachita Parish chipped away at the lead and eventually scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to eliminate visiting Hahnville in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs Tuesday in Monroe.
After Ouachita Parish tied the game in the sixth inning, it won the game in the bottom of the seventh on a run-scoring single by Madelyn Fletcher.
“It was rubber match between us this year and it was everything a playoff game was supposed to be,” Hahnville coach Jerry Nugent said. “It was a very clean game. Both teams played exceptionally well. There wasn’t a defensive mistake in the game. There were some timely hits. I thought pitchers threw phenomenal.
“It was just a game where they got one more than we did. It came down to the last swing of the bat.”
Neither team had a hit until the fourth inning until Hahnville grabbed a 2-0 lead.
Four base on balls issued by Ouachita Parish pitcher Jordyn Manning forced in the first run of the game. MaKenna Cortez started things off with a walk and eventually scored on a walk issued to Kate Bruce. With two outs, Montana Smith beat out a throw to first base, allowing Hannah Borne to score.
Ouachita Parish made it 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a run-scoring ground out by Kyandria Neal.
Hahnville’s Bayleigh Baudoin led off the fifth inning with a double and MaKenna Cortez popped out. Baudoin advanced to third on a passed ball before Kat Smith walked. When Ouachita Parish tried to get Smith out at second base on a steal attempt, Baudouin beat a throw to the plate to produce a 3-1 lead for the Lady Tigers.
“That’s a play we run in practice. We happened to have the right personnel at third base to do it with Bayleigh Baudouin a third. That was an advantageous situation for us to be in. We had the right kids in the right spot at the right time. We decided to go for it and it worked for us,” Nugent said.
A solo home run by Kendyl Patton in the bottom of the fifth made it 3-2.
Abby Allen led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double and Manning was intentionally walked. Kaylee Nettles followed with a run-scoring single to tie the game and set the stage for Fletcher’s game-winning hit in the seventh.
Brusly 5, St. James 0: The Lady Wildcats were limited to one hit and committed two errors in a three-run third inning as St. James was eliminated at top-ranked Brusly in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs.
St. James, the No. 16 seed, threatened in the top of the sixth inning by getting two runners on base, but Brusly pitcher Mary-Cathryn Comeaux got Kiri Parker to fly out to end the inning.
The Lady Wildcats’ lone hit came in the seventh inning on a single by Trysten Tregre. Comeaux then struck out the next three batters to end the contest.
“Their pitcher was extremely good in the circle. She kept us off-balance,” St. James coach Benton Ford said of Comeaux.
In Brusly’s three-run third inning, Savannah Bezet had a one-out single. Courtesy runner Jordyn Patrick moved to second on an error and scored on a single by Comeaux.
Following another error, Angel Bradford was hit by a pitch. A misjudged fly ball to the outfield on a ball hit by Caroline Gassie allowed courtesy runner Maddie Becker and Bradford to score.
“We gave them five outs that inning and they scored three runs. After the three runs we gave them, it was an extremely uphill battle from there,” Ford said.
Brusly’s final two runs came in the sixth inning on a run-scoring single by Britt Bourgoyne and a bases-loaded walk.
The Panthers (32-2) are slated to play at South Beauregard at 4 p.m. Saturday. South Beauregard, the No. 8 seed, defeated No. 24 Patterson 11-0 in five innings on Monday.
St. James, which played all its home games and practices at a recreational park in Lutcher while its own field was being constructed, ended the season at 12-15.
“It was a team of 19 girls and just me. We had no assistants and nowhere to play and nowhere to practice. For them to fight through that and us finally getting a couple of assistants to come out helped, and having to practice on the football field until finally getting a field at Lutcher Park, they have no reason to hang their heads. They fought through it and for the fourth year in a row, they were able to win a playoff game. They just can’t quite get past that second-round hump, yet.” Ford said.