Galen Brooks' grand slam home run with two outs in the bottom of the first inning set the tone as Bastrop defeated West Ouachita for the first time since 2003.
Galen Brooks crushed a grand slam home run, Chelsea Fagan poled a three-run double and Kenyshae Beasley extinguished a seventh-inning threat as Bastrop trimmed West Ouachita 8-6.
It appeared as though the Lady Rams, who blew a 5-1 sixth-inning lead in an 8-6 home loss to Neville on March 20, might be on the brink of another gut-wrenching loss Thursday evening. Bastrop vaulted out to an 8-2 second-inning advantage, but the Lady Chiefs charged back. This time, however, the Lady Rams were able to protect the lead en route to their first victory over West Ouachita since 2003.
Starting off a suspenseful seventh inning, Rebecca Skains walked on four pitches and moved into scoring position on Chelsa Carter's sacrifice bunt. Following a walk to Alex Edwards, Beasley was called to the pitcher's circle from second base to replace Leighann Merrill, who worked a career-high 6 1/3 innings.
Following an apparent bunt single, the Lady Rams recorded the second out when the batter was ruled out for making contact with the ball while charging out of the batter's box.
Center fielder Megan Crymes then made a running catch on a shallow fly ball to secure the victory, ending the Lady Rams' season-long four-game losing streak.
Wasting no time, the Lady Chiefs skipped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Bobbie Smith led off the game with a base hit, but was thrown out at second on a strong throw from right fielder Delaney Mayo to shortstop Shelrika Bryant.
Sierra Gasca followed with a bunt single.
One out later, reigning District 2-4A co-MVP Amy Crockett deposited a two-run home run over the center field fence despite hitting into a stiff breeze.
With two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the first, the Lady Rams got untracked.
Chelsea Fagan walked and Dee McDaniel and Amanda Patrick singled to load the bases. Next up, Brooks jacked a grand slam over the left field fence.
Merrill worked out of a bases-loaded situation in the second.
After the first two batters went down in order, Shelbey McGinney and Frost walked and Smith was safe via error. Second baseman Beasley then dropped a line drive off the bat of Gasca, but recovered in time to get the out at first base.
Bastrop trebled its lead to 8-2 with four more in its half of the second.
Sarah Fagan walked and was safe on a play at second as Bryant reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice. Beasley's bunt single loaded the bases with still nobody out.
Chelsea Fagan then scorched a three-run double just inside the left field line. McDaniel moved the runner to third with a fly out to right field, before Patrick's RBI groundout widened the difference to 8-2.
Bastrop again loaded the bases with nobody out in the third only to come away empty.
Mayo and Sarah Fagan opened the frame with consecutive singles and Chelsea Fagan drew a free pass with two away. Bastrop would not produce another base runner the rest of the way as West Ouachita reliever Brittiny Hutton closed out the game by retiring 10 in a row.
Clawing their way back into the ballgame, the Lady Chiefs plated three in the fourth.
Edwards walked and McGinney pulled into second following a two-base throwing error off of a bunt, placing two runners in scoring position with nobody out.
Bryant, the Lady Rams' shortstop, threw to Chelsea Fagan in time to get Edwards out at the plate on Frost's fielder's choice.
Smith's sac fly to right plated McGinney, bringing the score to 8-3.
Gasca then dropped a double in front of a diving Crymes and Allie Medlin smoked a laser off the center field fence for a two-run double, closing the deficit to 8-5.
Following a walk to Crockett, Beasley saved at least one run by robbing Rebecca Skains with an over-the-shoulder catch in shallow right field for the third out.
Merrill and Hutton both worked a 1-2-3 fifth, before the Lady Chiefs wrapped up the scoring with a run in the sixth.
Smith, batting from the No. 1 spot in the lineup, was hit by a pitch with one out and scampered to third as Gasca bunted and made her way to second on an errant throw. Medlin drove in Smith with a sac fly to center field, before Merrill got out of the inning with a popup to Beasley.
Merrill, a senior lefthander, recorded the win, with Beasley posting the save.
Bastrop received hits from eight different batters on its way to out-hitting the Lady Chiefs 8-6. Brooks' fourth home run of the season proved to be the game-changer. Chelsea Fagan doubled and Beasley, McDaniel, Patrick, Crymes, Mayo and Sarah Fagan singled.
West Ouachita's 1-4 spots were a collective 6-for-12 with six RBI and four runs scored, while the 5-9 slots went 0-for-13. Medlin drove in three runs with a double, a single and a sac fly, Gasca doubled and singled, Crockett homered and Smith singled.
Julia Morrison was dealt the loss for West Ouachita (14-11, 4-2), which received five innings of scoreless relief from Hutton.
Bastrop (15-9, 3-3) returns home Saturday to play Wossman at 9 a.m. A Senior Day ceremony will precede the game at 8:45.
Notes: Bastrop head coach Jennifer Hickman and assistant coach Casey Beach Alfaro and West Ouachita head coach Ashley Burkett Hoyle were teammates at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Hickman played shortstop, Alfaro was a catcher and Hoyle pitched for the Blossoms. ... Hickman was a senior the last time Bastrop defeated the Lady Chiefs. The two teams finished as district co-champs in 2003, with West Ouachita winning a tiebreaker game. ... West Ouachita won this season's first meeting with Bastrop 7-3 in Cadeville. ... Bastrop's home game with Zachary on Thursday, April 17 has been canceled.