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John Curtis 8, Belle Chasse 2: Patriots shake off ugly start with six-run fourth

at John Curtis Christian School, Thursday (April 6), Non-District game

Records: John Curtis, 15-8; Belle Chasse 19-5

HOW THE GAME WAS WON

Although John Curtis coach Jerry Godfrey was visibly frustrated after a rough first inning – and then after the Patriots hit into double plays in the second and third innings – his girls put him at ease with a six-run fourth that put pitcher Remi Heberton cruise control.

With three-hits and an error, Belle Chasse jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but left two runners on to open the door for Curtis. They busted through that door in the fourth, as Peyton Picou led off the frame with a single and a misplay in the outfield that led to the Patriots taking the lead for good on a Victoria Langford single and a two-RBI double by nine-hole hitter Whitney Wood.

A couple of Cardinals errors later, along with singles by Bri Neal, Sierra Sacco and a double by Cam Goodman, and the lead jumped to 6-2. For good measure, Courtney Vidrine tripled in one more, and Hebert did the rest.

After allowing two runs on three hits in the first, Hebert gave up three harmless singles, and was helped greatly by her defense after the second.

Neal and Sacco each scored twice and knocked in a run.

NOTABLE

  • Since breaking a three-game losing streak Monday against Thomas Jefferson, the Patriots have now won two games this week by an aggregate score of 15-3. Their power rating in Division I remains at 3, nearly two full points behind No. 2 Mt. Carmel, which likely is too much to make up before the playoffs begin. However, all eight Division I teams will begin their playoffs in Sulphur at the state tournament at the end of the month.
  • Despite having a 19-5 overall record, this was the third consecutive non-district loss for Belle Chasse, which fell 7-0 to Destrehan on March 29 and 10-8 at Northshore on March 23. Still, the Cardinals came into the Curtis game with a power rating of 4 in Class 4A.
  • Just after John Curtis scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals had five batters reach base in the top of the fifth. However, a rare 5-4 double play and a fielder’s choice left Belle Chasse with no runs in the frame.

SCORELINE

Belle Chasse – 200 000 0 – 2 6 3

John Curtis – 100 601 X – 8 10 3

TOP HITTERS

Belle Chasse: No player had more than one hit. Felicia Barber and Emily Clark each were 1-for-4 with a run scored; Kelsey Johnson was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

John Curtis: Cam Goodman, 2-3, 2 2B, R, 2RBIs; Bri Neal, 2-3, 2R, RBI; Sierra Sacco, 2-3, 2R, RBI; Whitney Wood, 1-3, 2B, R, 2RBIs.

DECIDING PITCHERS

WP: Remi Hebert, 7 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K

LP: Brookelyn Sweeney, 4 IP, 7 R, 7 ER, 8 H, 6 BB, 3 K

THEY SAID IT

  • “My defense really helped me, and then our bats brought us back. After the first inning, my teammates talked to me, and I know they always have my back.” – Hebert
  • “I like to make it hard for the other team once I get on the bases and make it frustrating for them. (In the fourth), I think we finally we worked as a team and got it together. Beating teams like this gets our confidence up and helps us work.” – Neal, who scored twice and stole two bases
  • “It took us a little while, and I was a little frustrated. One thing I have come to learn about softball is it’s a frustrating sport. At times, you go out and look really good and you hit really good pitchers, and at other times, we look bad against OK pitchers. Bottom line is every team faces the same thing we do – the ups and downs are tough.” – John Curtis coach Jerry Godfrey
  • “Our last game is Tuesday, and then we’re done for 2 1/2 weeks (waiting for the playoffs). No one has been through this sort of thing before. I talked to Coach JT (Curtis), and he said, ‘I really don’t know what to tell you; I have never really sat that long.’ So I guess it’s going to be trial and error this year, and I can’t worry about every single day. … We’ll figure it out.” – Godfrey
  • “One bad inning, absolutely. We’re up 2-0, and then got a little lazy, and it went downhill from there. It snowballed. We had one error after another. We had two balls hit to center field that were hit off the glove and another in left field that hit off the glove. We weren’t in the right positions at the right time, and we started throwing the ball all around instead of staying focused.” – Belle Chasse coach Stephanie Andrews

NEXT UP

John Curtis will host a tournament this weekend; Belle Chasse heads back into district play by hosting Warren Easton on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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Jim Derry can be reached at jderry@nola.com or 504.232.9944. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JimDerryJr

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