DENHAM SPRINGS – In what Denham Springs softball coach Leslie Efferson-Yellot said was her team’s most complete performance to date, the Lady Jackets took a 16-1 District 4-5A mercy-rule win Tuesday at North Park.
Every player in the lineup reached base safely and scored a run.
Natalie Parker, Madison Bulot, and Charleigh Parolli all record three hits and combined to drive in six runs.
Parker’s three-hit outing included a home run and five RBIs, combined with her performance in the circle where she allowed a run on four hits.
“We did such a good job of adjusting at the plate,” Efferson-Yellot said. “We’ve been working on our offense and being aggressive at the plate. Not just being aggressive but getting aggressive with strikes and getting our timing back in rhythm. We did a really good job of that. They threw three pitchers and we were able to adjust to all of them.”
Denham Springs, which hosts Live Oak for Senior Day at approximately 5:30 on Wednesday in a rescheduled game, batted around in both the first and second innings.
The Yellow Jackets opened the game with four straight hits including a two-run home run from Parker on their way to a seven-run, six-hit inning. They also took advantage of a pair of Zachary errors as well.
Denham Springs (20-4, 4-2 in district) added six runs on five hits in the second.
“Anytime you get seven runs, whether it’s by errors or hits, it’s tough to come back from, no matter what kind of team you have,” Efferson-Yellot said. “We just hit the ball well. They all did such a great job. I can’t even pinpoint one or two kids that stood out.
“That’s always a good day, whenever you can’t just brag on one, you have to brag on everybody,” Efferson-Yellot said. “I’m so proud of them, that was overall a really good performance.”
Zachary (7-21, 1-6) got a run back in the third when they strung together three straight, two-out singles from Bailee Avants, Alyssa Brashier, and Brooke Martinez.
The Lady Jackets forced mercy rule by scoring three runs on four hits, ending the game at 16-1.
For Zachary, the loss continues a run of tough luck that has plagued the Broncos’ season.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries and a lot of people who are playing different positions,” Zachary coach Courtney Barbour said. “Especially in pitching and our middle infielders. And that’s tough for a team. We’re asking a lot of girls to play positions they’ve never played, we’re asking girls who haven’t pitched in a while to pitch. Basically, we’re trying to find who we are when that changed in the middle of the season due to some injuries.”
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