North Webster coach Tony Mullins believes his team struck a chord for public school softball with its 4-1 win over Pine Prairie on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the LHSAA Class 2A state playoffs.
“If Riverside ends up winning their game, we are the only public school left standing,” Mullins beamed. “We played a solid game, especially defensively, all night. We weren’t nervous at all.”
The Lady Knights (25-4), who finished behind Evangel and Calvary in District 1-2A, got a big blow from shortstop Brooke Foster in the second inning to provide all the support winning pitcher Amberlee Nix needed.
“I moved up in the box thinking I had to get a hit, or had to get on base,” Foster said. “I didn’t see (the homer) at first, but I heard coach Mullins go ‘yeah,’ so I looked up and saw it going over. My teammates greeted me at home plate by hitting my helmet. It was awesome.”
North Webster’s Jaslyn Winkler singled to open the bottom of the first and scored on a double by senior catcher Alexis Kerry. In the second, Caitlin Maples walked and Foster found the Alexis Hammond offering to her liking.
The Lady Knights picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Lexi Baker singled, moved over on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by Cassie Thomas.
The Lady Knights advance to play defending state champion and top-seeded John Curtis at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“We know they’re a great program and a very good pitcher,” Mullins said. “But we will come and play the game.”
A win over the Lady Patriots would put the Lady Knights in the 2A state championship game, after advancing to Sulphur for the first time in school history.
“It’s been a very good year for athletics at North Webster,” Mullins said. “We’ve won in most of our sports.”
Nix allowed just four hits and struck out four in picking up her 25th win of the season.
Pine Prairie (17-9) picked up one run in the final inning when Alyssa Jackson reached on an error and scored on a double by Paige DeVille.