By T. Scott Boatright
The Choudrant High School softball team pushed across eight runs in the opening inning Thursday afternoon as the Lady Aggies marched to a 15-0 win over Jonesboro-Hodge at the HCS softball field.
CHS picked up seven of its 14 total hits in that first inning, with two walks and a hit batter helping the Lady Aggies scoring effort.
Choudrant added six more runs in the second inning to push their lead to 14-0, and after going four and out with a single in the third inning, Macie May walked with one out in the fourth before Bailey Grace Weaver’s double plated May to give the Lady Aggies the walk-off win.
All of Choudrant’s hits were singles except for Weaver’s double and another double from Elissa Guillotte to lead off the bottom of the first inning. And all but one of the 13 Lady Aggies who played recorded at least one hit.
“To be successful, we hit,” said CHS coach Wayne Antley. “That’s got to be our thing. We’ve got some power, too. I think we’ve hit 11 home runs so far. And we’ve got some pitching. So the way the team is shaping up is pretty good, we just need to get that actual game experience in there.”
Junior Mattie Johnson was the gamewinner for the Choudrant, recording 10 strikeouts and allowing only one hit — a single.
“We’ve got four who can pitch but three that do it regularly — Mattie, Holly Bennett and Addison Worley,” Antley said. “So this time of year we space them out the best that we can. We’ve got four pitchers we can throw and three catchers that are legit. I’ve never been that fortunate in high school before, especially on the Class B level. Class Bs just don’t usually have that.”
Lincoln Parish Schools being out on spring break didn’t slow the Lady Aggies’ efforts.
“We have four games scheduled during spring break,” Antley said. “You’ve always got to practice or play during spring break. We’d rather play if we can at the midpoint of the season. We want to get at least 30 games in, but the weather we’ve had and are expected to have is going to make it close.”
So now standing at 11-3, the biggest opponent the Lady Aggies might be facing is Mother Nature as Antley scrambled to come up with playing contingencies with rains expected Thursday night into early morning today and more expected on Monday and Tuesday.
“We’re supposed to go to Carroll (today) and Union is supposed to go to Downsville,” Antley said. “So if they both get rained out, and the tarp keeps our field dry enough, Downsville is going to come over here for a doubleheader. We’re supposed to play them next Tuesday, but it’s supposed to rain next Tuesday.
“We’re just trying not to lose so many games right now. If our tarp keeps things dry enough, we may end up playing here tomorrow. We’re supposed to play Monday at (the LA Tech softball field) against Simsboro, but that and Tuesday may be a washout, and that could mean losing three or four games, so we’re trying to do what we can to get at least one, and maybe two in (today).”
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