On a night when you’d expect little hitting and a lot of defense, the Calvary Lady Cavaliers erupted in the fifth inning with a pair of big home runs to get past North Caddo 11-4 in a key District 1-2A battle.
It was senior night for the Lady Cavs, but junior Lizzy Lafisca stole the show, lifting a hanging curve over the left field fence with the bases jammed to bolt her team to an 8-2 lead and kill any comeback hopes the Lady Rebels entertained.
“It was an inside pitch and I had two strikes, so I was thinking base hit – not home run,” Lafisca said. “But it was nice to get it and be able to help my team.”
Just for good measure, freshman Kenzie Glover came up with two aboard just four batters later and slapped an identical home run toward a maroon pickup beyond the left field fence making it 11-2 Calvary.
The victory allowed Calvary to keep pace with North Webster for second place in the league.
“It was a huge win for us and a good way to finish out district against a great team that has just beaten our district leaders,” Calvary coach Tiffany Frazier said. “It gives us momentum going into the weekend and into the last two days of play on Monday and Tuesday.”
The Lady Rebels were their own worst enemy at times. They committed three first-inning errors, allowing the hosts to score three runs on just one single. The inability to get a bunt down in the fourth inning, left the bases full of Lady Rebels with no runs scored.
“We made too many errors. When you give people six outs in an inning, you’re not gonna win that way,” North Caddo coach Lory Kowaleski said. “This puts us at fourth in the district, but it doesn’t hurt us in the power ratings because they’re above us. I don’t predict us moving at all in the power ratings.”
Paige Gipson, Glover and Christy Fontenot scored for Calvary in the first inning for a 3-0 lead. North Caddo answered in the top of the second when Erin Barrow singled and scored on a sacrifice ground out by Tesla Hughes.
Consecutive singles by Gipson, Glover and Tiffany Williams in the second allowed the Lady Cavs to go in front 2-1. But an infield single by Lady Rebel Kristi Tarver, a sacrifice by Louisiana Tech commit Kassie Harris and an RBI single by DeDe Sheppard tightened the game to 4-2 in the top of the third.
The score remained that way until the bottom of five when Lafisca’s blast, the first of her career, scored Fontenot, Marissa Reed and Jordan Fielder. Glover’s homer plated Sydney Mathews and Morgan Collins.
Harris added a solo homer to dead center in the seventh inning for the Lady Rebs.
Avery NaQuin picked up the win, while Jordi Mason took the loss.