LIVINGSTON – Doyle softball coach Amanda Decell is hoping what she’s seen out of her team since the playoffs began is the start of something big.
Doyle got a combination of solid pitching and hitting to roll past Ville Platte in the regional round Monday of the Class 2A playoffs. Marley Olivier hurled a two-hitter, while the Lady Tigers backed her with 11 hits in a 10-0 win at Johnny Sartwell Park.
“I told somebody earlier the defense and pitching has been solid throughout the whole season,” Decell said. “Our hitting has been up and down, but I’ve definitely seen a big improvement with our hitting the past two games, so I’m hoping these two are confidence-builders moving into the third round, so everything comes together.”
No. 2 Doyle advances to the quarterfinals to face the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 7 Avoyelles Public Charter and No. 10 Pickering.
The Lady Tigers struck early with Gabby Lucia getting a one-out single in the top of the first, stealing second and moving to third when Sydney Taylor reached base on an error at second. That set up Madison Diaville’s single to short left field for a 1-0 lead.
Elise Jones tripled to center field, and Olivier singled her in for a 3-0 lead.
“I think it was really just seeing the ball and seeing where she was pitching it and just sitting back and just driving,” Jones said. “Nothing fancy. Just doing what we always do at practice and just delivering it on to the field.”
Doyle padded the lead with a run in the second when Rylee Lambert singled up the middle and later scored on an error in left field for a 4-0 lead.
“Our hitters really came through,” Decell said. “That’s the first game in a while that I’ve really seen them come through and hit the ball like they should – letting the ball get to them, hitting it back up the middle. They did a very good job.”
The Lady Tigers broke the game open with a six-run third, combining four hits with five errors for a 10-0 lead. Jones had a lead-off double to start the inning, and Lambert, Kaitlyn Savant and Diaville had singles.
“There were a few misplays in the outfield,” Decell said. “We took advantage of that. Baserunners were being aggressive – sometimes a little too aggressive, but they did a good job at the plate.”
Olivier struck out at least two batters in three innings, and Ville Platte didn’t get its first hit until Ken Doucet’s one-out single in the fourth.
“It helps us be able to get the outs quicker so we can come back in and hit a little faster,” Oliver said of picking strikeouts, of which she had seven. “It just takes a little pressure off, so when we know we have these strikeouts and we have these outs, if they get a hit and they maybe get somebody on base, even though I know I have my team backing me up, I still have those outs to keep pushing for.”
Hailey Bordelon got a one-out single in the fifth and Josey Hoidoin walked before Hanna Monier flied out to Taylor in center field to end the game.
Diaville, Jones, Olivier and Lambert each had two hits for Doyle.
“It feels pretty great going into the third round,” Olivier said. “Hopefully we can just play as good as we have been playing.”
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