Cedar Creek softball nearly dodges Monday blues; High school roundup

Cedar Creek’s Brady Menzina watches a ball he hit Monday during the Cougars’ home game against Claiborne Christian. (Photo by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT/LPJ)

Staff writer

Monday’s slate of local prep baseball and softball teams came up empty for Lincoln Parish but the Cedar Creek girls were one batter shy of a big road win.

CEDAR CREEK SOFTBALL: Cedar Creek narrowly missed a quality win over state softball power West Ouachita Monday and they have Landrie Crockett to blame for it.

Crockett slugged three home runs against the Lady Cougars, including the eventual game-winner, a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth as the Lady Chiefs rallied for a 9-8 win over the visitors.

West Ouachita, the 2019 Class 4A state champs after two losses in the semifinals in the previous three seasons, was playing from behind from the outset. Cedar Creek (16-9) plated five runs in the top of the first and played clean defensively all afternoon, said coach Julie Riser.

Sarah Adams went 4-for-5 to pace the Lady Cougars’ 11-hit attack. But Crockett’s power was decisive. After two solo homers earlier in the game, her last swing was the difference.

Cedar Creek is scheduled to play a makeup game Wednesday at Delta Charter, a contest that has already been twice postponed and could be again if a bleak weather forecast holds. Thursday, the Lady Cougars wrap up their regular season at Menard and await postseason pairings on Friday.

CEDAR CREEK BASEBALL: Nate Vaughn of Claiborne Christian contained the Cougars, scattering six singles in a 6-0 victory for the visiting Crusaders.

Brady Menzina and Jack Mitcham each had a pair of hits for Cedar Creek (11-12) but a three-run top of the first was all Claiborne Christian needed.

CHOUDRANT SOFTBALL: A four-run bottom of the fourth inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted D’Arbonne Woods to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Lady Aggies (16-10).

Tori Martin cracked a solo homer in the top of the fourth for Choudrant, whose other run was unearned.

SIMSBORO SOFTBALL: Union Parish bombed away from a 2-2 tie entering the fifth inning, scoring nine runs in its next two at-bats for an 11-3 victory at Simsboro.

Jacoya Lewis drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth to draw the Lady Tigers even at 2. From there, the visitors posted four in their fifth inning and five more in the sixth.

Carlei Wheeler allowed only five hits and struck out 11 for Simsboro. Union Parish swiped 12 bases.

• Ruston HS tennis, home vs. West Monroe, 3:15 p.m.
• Simsboro HS baseball, home vs. Quitman, 6 p.m.
• Ruston HS baseball, at Delhi Charter, 6 p.m.

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