Big second inning lifts ACHS past French Settlement

Jarelle Scott, Donaldsonville Chief
Senior Nancy Guillot stands at the plate waiting for a pitch at the ACHS home tournament last weekend.

Friday night could not have gone any better for the Ascension Catholic Lady Bulldogs. After all, the only thing that could’ve slowed down their bats was another series of inclement weather.

ACHS used a 21-run second inning to route visiting French Settlement in their opening contest in the annual Purple and Gold Club Lady Bulldog Softball Classic, which featured 16 teams from across the state. The Bulldogs totaled 21 hits with the majority of them coming in the second inning.

Senior Deja Cutno got the rally started in the bottom of the second, bringing home two runs on a line drive shot to left field. It didn't stop there. A series of homeruns extended the bulldog’s lead to 16-0.

Back-to-back jacks by Nancy Guillot and Sydni Gregoire started the series of homeruns. Head Coach Kirk Delatte was even a bit surprised by his team’s success at the plate, given their typical style of play.

“We’re not a long-ball team, we’re more of a short-game team. We’re normally more aggressive in the short game. We were kind of shocked at us taking that number of balls out the ballpark,” Delatte said.

Adding to the dynamic lady bulldogs’ hitting attack were sophomore Maggie Blanchard with a home run and junior Kaitlyn Mistretta who had a team leading four RBI’s. A plethora of other lady bulldogs also contributed to the big second inning.

The Bulldogs managed to be efficient on both sides of the ball as junior Natalie Landry had a solid outing on the mound. Without breaking too much of a sweat, Landry struck out four batters and threw 18 first-pitch strikes despite weather conditions.

An all-district performer a year ago, Landry also added a pair of hits and a RBI at the plate. Delatte was not surprised by her performance, as it was just another day at the office for her.

“She’s a veteran for us. She doesn’t have a whole lot of pitches but she has good command of her pitches. If she continues to do that, along with our other pitchers, we’re going to be in great shape this year,” Delatte said.

ACHS improved their record to 2-0 on the season as French Settlement fell to 1-1. The teams plays its next game on Thursday, Feb. 28 at home against Assumption High.