A power surge by the Haughton Lady Bucs here on Tuesday afternoon was matched only by the electricity in the stands on the Haughton side of the complex.
The Lady Bucs, the most power-laden club in northwest Louisiana, blasted five home runs in the LHSAA Class 5A state playoff opener on their way to a 7-0 win over St. Joseph’s Academy of Baton Rouge.
Haley Krumpelbeck posted two, while Anna Dies, Savannah O’Neal and Miranda Ogletree added one each, to give first-year head coach Leanne Shanks her inaugural win calling the shots at Haughton (18-10).
“The last few weeks we have been on a roll with everyone hitting at the same time,” Shanks said. “Today was a pleasant surprise to get five homers in one game. If we can continue to hit like this, I’m confident we can go far.”
Haughton will travel to New Orleans on Friday to play Mt. Carmel at 4 p.m.
The Redstickers (18-9) never threatened with a similar power display in the contest and coach Billy Stears paused when asked if he had seen a similar power display this season. That’s understandable since his team lost to once beaten St. Amant by a combined 31-3 in district.
“We had a good season but it came to an end today,” Stears said. “We gave up too many runs and didn’t score any. Haughton played a much better game than we did. After that first home run, we kind of gave it up.”
Dies, who pitched six innings before giving way to Haley Miller for the final frame, struck out 12 and allowed just one single. She started the home run barrage in the third inning when she lifted a 1-0 offering from Abbie Gilbert and lofted it just over the “F” in “SOFTBALL” painted on the right-centerfield fence. It was Krumpelbeck getting homer bound in the fourth with a pop that hit the Haughton baseball sign behind the fence in right field.
“Today I was just seeing the ball really well. I came out hoping to do my best,” Krumpelbeck said. “I got lucky and it went over the fence. Our team is a stacked lineup. There’s not one of us who can’t hit it over the fence.
A single by Savannah O’Neal and a double by Natalie Smith preceded Ogletree’s two-RBI bomb over the left field fence made it 5-0. Then in the fifth it was back-to-back homers by Krumpelbeck and O’Neal to finish off the Redstickers.
“I’ve never in my high school career gone past the first round, so I’m super pumped about this win,” Krumpelbeck said.
Dies, Krumpelbeck and O’Neal each went 2-for-4 on the day as the Lady Bucs pounded out 11 hits.