By Autumn McCoy
The Red River Lady Bulldogs ended the regular season with a record of 13 wins and 7 loses. After the Lady Bulldogs earned the #18 seed in the LHSAA Class 2A Softball State Playoffs, they travelled 3.5 hours, south, to take on #15 Loreauville, Saturday April 16th.
The Bulldogs hit well during the first inning, but Gracie Baker # 9, catcher, would create the only run Red River would score for the entire game. When the Lady Tigers were at bat, they were only able to score 4. It was shaping up to be a good, close game.
The second inning was very much the turning point of the game though. The Lady Bulldogs would not score again. Bryn Danzy # 4, pitcher, struggled to find the almost non-existent strike zone. The Lady Bulldogs allowed the home team to score an astounding 15 runs in the bottom of the second inning before getting the three outs needed to end the inning.
After the third inning started and was shaping up much like the previous one, Harley Sepulvado # 11 relieved Danzy. The Lady Bulldogs fell to the Lady Tigers 1-19 after just three innings. They made a total of 6 errors for the whole game, and the home team had zero.
Loreauville will go on to play the winner of #2 ranked Port Barre and #31 ranked Lake Arthur in the next round of the playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs’ season is over, and that was the toughest pill to swallow for the three Seniors.
They can hold their heads high because they were able to teach their young team, made up of seven freshmen, a lot this season and lead them to their first playoff appearance. Baker, catcher, hopes to go on to play college ball as a Louisiana Tech Bulldog, and we wish her the best of luck. Gracie Lindsey # 12, first baseman, plans to go to cosmetology school, and Tess Zegel # 17, outfield, will return home to the Netherlands after graduation as she is a foreign exchange student. This playoff appearance was also the final game for Zachary Thrasher as Head Coach.
Their Lady Bulldog team and coaches wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors.
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