The Cavalry Lady Cavs celebrated coach Tiffany Bruton’s 25th birthday on Friday in the opening round of the LHSAA Class 2A state quarterfinals with a 7-0 blistering of Delcambre.
The actual party came on Thursday night at the Roadhouse in Sulphur. Bruton was forced to stand in a chair and have “Happy Birthday” sung to her by the team. But Friday’s game was an even bigger celebration after the Lady Cavs started slow only to run away from the Lady Panthers with an offensive onslaught.
“This is beyond exciting. It’s an absolutely outstanding birthday present,” Bruton said after hugging her father, assistant coach Greg Frazier. “I’m just beyond words.”
Kidded about getting his first win in Sulphur as a 38-year-old, while his daughter made it at 24, Frazier joked that he didn’t have the quality assistants she has at her disposal.
In their first trip to Fast Pitch 56, the Lady Cavs will face Menard at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the 2A semifinals. The championship game is set to start at 5 p.m.
Cavalry freshman Sarah Chamberlain was masterful on the mound, allowing just two hits with 12 strikeouts. She got ample support from Kenzie Glover, Marissa Reed, Morgan Collins and Lizzy Lafisca.
“It was exciting. Sarah pitched a tremendous game and our bats came alive,” said Lafisca, the only senior on the squad. “It’s an amazing first … for me to be a senior and to be here. We’ll go rest up and get ready for tomorrow.”
Glover led off the third with a double to left field and Tiffany Williams walked with one out. Reed’s two-out double scored both runners and Lafisca’s infield single plated Reed for a 3-0 lead. Chamberlain followed the scoring outburst by striking out the side in the fourth.
Cavalry added another run in the fourth when Mallory LaLena walked and scored when Williams’ fly to center was dropped.
The Lady Cavs finished things off in the fifth when Reed ripped a homerun over the left-centerfield wall to open the frame. Williams reached on a fielder’s choice and Morgan Ann Collins got aboard on a Delcambre error. Glover’s double pushed the Calvary lead to 7-0.