PINEVILLE – As Louisiana’s top senior prep softball players write the final chapter of their high school careers, they still had a few games to play.
In the first 2015 LHSCA Softball All-Star Game, the East All-Stars defeated the West, 4-2, at Louisiana College Friday.
St. Amant infielder Kara Gremillion and St. Joseph’s Academy’s Elyse Thornhill each smacked solo home runs to help the East earn early bragging rights.
Gremillion’s blast in the top of the third inning broke a 1-1 tie, while Thornhill’s homer added insurance.
“I knew she was about to come back with a strike,” Gremillion said of her home run off of Nora Keehn. “I waited, and right after the ball left my bat, I knew it was gone.”
The game was not short of its local players as Menard’s Kayla Busby hit a double in the first to highlight a 1-for-2 night at the plate. Busby later scored when Live Oak’s Virginia Cacioppo earned a base hit for a 1-0 lead.
“Coming in here not knowing anyone and still able to get a win out of that shows that you do have good talent out here,” Busby said. “It’s not like I’m the only good player, but everyone is.”
Brusly outfielder Akiya Thymes scored a pair of runs in the first and third inning to tie the game each time.
In the first inning, she used savvy base running to even the match at 1-1 and then struck again in the third, thanks to Sulphur’s Kayla Sheridan driving her in with a double.
Yet, it would not be enough as the East took the advantage for good when Ouachita’s Victoria Pederson scored on a passed ball to give the East a 3-2 lead.
Although Busby earned a hit, fellow Central Louisiana mates Taylor Pippen (Tioga), Sarah Brown (St. Joesph’s of Plaucheville) and Kendi Malcomb (Jena) were held hitless for the East.
The lone Cenla West representative — Natchitoches Central’s Molly Simpson — shared the same fate by going 0-for-2 from the plate.
The West will have a chance to get even Saturday when the second game takes place at 1 p.m. on Coca-Cola Field.