LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – The Hackberry Lady Mustangs and the Sam Houston Lady Broncos each came up a run short in their attempt to capture High School Softball State Titles in Fast Pitch 56.
Hackberry scored first in their Class C State Title Game against Claiborne Christian when Sydney Broussard hit an RBI single, bringing in Sami Little. However, that would be the Lady Mustangs only run. Claiborne Christian took home the title winning 2-1.
Angie Little, Hackberry's head coach, spoke about her teams effort and the performance of Claiborne Christian pitcher, Kara Anderson.
"I'm very proud of them, I mean they worked hard all year," said Little. "You know, I wish it would have had a little different outcome. They worked hard, we had several situations to push runs across, but you know she's a good pitcher [Anderson]. She threw a lot of things that we haven't seen a lot of. We don't see a lot of change ups like that, that's nasty, she's got a nasty change up and we haven't seen that here lately."
Sam Houston also took an early lead in their Class 4A State Title Game against Vandebilt Catholic when Kim Kennedy grounded out to first, scoring a run for a 1-0 lead in the first. The Lady Broncos later took a 2-0 on a Pam Wainwright RBI single.
Vandebilt Catholic later tied the game 2-2, and in the seventh inning their Sarah Ourso hit the game winning RBI single for the 3-2 win.
Sam Houston head coach, Beth Domingue, spoke about what she said to her team after the game.
"I told them there is no other game that I'd rather end up coaching with them, and I felt like we did everything that we needed to do to get here," said Domingue. "I think Vandebilt took care of the right things at the right time, things fell their way. I told them, y'all might not realize this now, but you're lucky to experience this, not many girls get to experience this atmosphere and this game. I told them to make sure they remember this and to be proud of it."