Castor pitcher Molly Wilson pitched a shutout for seven innings, but the eighth inning got her and the Lady Tigers were sent packing by Monterey on Friday afternoon in the LHSAA Class B quarterfinal.
The Lady Wolves won 1-0 and got the only run they needed in the top of the eighth to move into a Saturday semifinal contest.
“It was definitely pitcher’s duel,” Castor coach Joy-Dee Wallace said. “We didn’t hit the ball well and they did. But these girls represented their town well and left it all on the field.”
Wilson battled through bases loaded problems in the fifth and sixth innings, then had a relatively smooth seventh with just one walk. Castor (16-2) managed a two-out double from Wilson in the sixth but left her stranded.
The game ended with the bat in Wilson’s hand when Katelynn Giddens was thrown out attempting to steal.
“I wish we could have made the finals, but next year is another year and we have a good group coming back,” Wallace said. “This was the first time for Castor to get this far since 1991.”
Cedar Creek 3, Mangham 2: The Lady Cougars got a one-hitter from Caley Pyles to advance in the LHSAA Class 1A contest.
Halie Robinson, Lauren Wade, Harlie Robinson and Katelin Cooper each had two hits for Cedar Creek (19-12). Haley Gray walked and scored and Wade singled and scored in the second. The Lady Cougars got the winning run in the seventh when Gray walked again, followed by a Halie Robinson single and scored on a single by Harlie Robinson.
Cedar Creek plays Catholic-Pointe Coupee at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Oak Grove 7, Many 4: Despite doubles by Taylor Leach, Hannah Lancaster and Caroline Settle, the Lady Tigers lost the Class 2A quarterfinal contest.
Oak Grove (17-11) got a home run from Sarah Dugan in the 3-run fifth that finished off the game. Settle tossed a 6-hitter for Many (25-4) after she struck out nine and walked just two.
Florien 6, Converse 0: The defending Class B champs struggled early but erupted for five runs in the sixth inning to put away Converse (17-7).
The Lady Blackcats (24-1) got a three-hitter from Abbey McMillian, who struck out six and allowed just one walk. Megan Burkett’s 3-RBI double in the bottom of the sixth was the big hit. Caroline Matthews and McMilian also contributed hits.
The Lady Blackcats got their first run in the second inning when Bailey McLeary doubled and scored on a single by Mathews.
Florien will play Fairview at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the Class B final slated for 5 p.m. on field 16 at Frasch Park.