By Malcolm Butler
It was a bipolar week for the Cedar Creek Lady Cougars.
Head coach Julie Riser and the Lady Cougars saw a roller coaster of emotions, falling 1-0 to St. Frederick Monday night in Monroe in a game that decided the regular season District 2-1A champion before snapping red-hot Quitman’s 20-game winning streak with an 9-8 win on Tuesday night.
In Monday night’s showdown for the District 2-1A title, a pitchers’ duel broke out between the Lady Cougars and Lady Warriors that was ultimately won by St. Frederick.
Two Warriors pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking three.
Allie Furr led the Lady Cougars with three hits and two stolen bases while Peyton Muse, Lizzie McAdams and Anna Grace Lee each had one hit.
Chloe Brashear took the hard-luck loss, allowing just one unearned run on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
The Warriors scored the lone run in the bottom of the third.
“St. Fred’s was a tough one,” said head coach Julie Riser. “It was hard for the players to get a feel for the game with the strike zone the way it was. They battled through it and never gave up so I was proud of them for that.”
Creek (12-9) came back 24 hours later and responded with an impressive 9-8 win over Quitman (21-5), a team that is ranked No. 1 in Non-Select Division V and that had won 20 straight games.
“I just challenged them to move forward,” said Riser. “Tuesday was a new day and new opponent. I’m very proud of how we played against Quitman. Our offense performed one thru nine, and it paid off in the end. Our defense was very good and kept us in the game for seven innings.”
In the win, Cedar Creek outhit Quitman 14-11, scoring all of its runs in the first four innings of action.
Anna Grace Lee (4-4, 2 runs, RBI), Furr (3-5, 2 runs, SB), Olivia Underwood (2-4, 2 runs), Mallory Smith (2-4, HR, 2 runs, RBI), Muse (1-3, HR, run, 2 RBI), and Lillian Soto (1-2, 2 RBI) paced the Lady Cougars in the win.
Cedar Creek is ranked No. 5 among Select School Division IV teams in the geauxpreps.com power ratings.