Beekman 14, St. Frederick 7
Kasadee Armfield and Gracie Wooden slugged home runs to key a 14-hit onslaught as Beekman opened the 2019 softball season with a 14-7 victory over St. Frederick, Monday afternoon.
Beekman swung out to a 10-4 second-inning lead on its was to making Taylor Wilson a winner in her head coaching debut.
"We hit the ball, so it was fun to watch," Wilson said. "Hopefully, we'll keep hitting like that."
St. Fred struck for a three-spot in the visitors half of the first.
"Piper Yarbrough led off the game with a base hit and Graycee Hill drew a one-out walk. Stepping to the plate next, cleanup batter Sarah Grace Loftin poled a two-run double and eventually scored on Clesi Dickey's sacrifice fly to right field.
St. Fred's lead was short-lived as the Lady Tigers sent all nine batters to the box in their first turn at bat.
Gracie Wooden's one-out solo home run started a six-run outburst. Jaislyn Sanders followed with a Armfield's RBI double closed the margin to 3-2. Kateland Fulmer walked and Savannah Thompson, Cadence Gray and Falon Brown delivered RBI singles to put the Lady Tigers ahead 6-3.
Lauren Petrus doubled home Yarbrough, who walked, to bring the Lady Warriors within 6-4 in the top of the second. With one away, Fulmer prevented a game-tying home run with an amazing catch on Loftin's drive to left field.
"Kateland crashed into the fence and held on to the ball," Wilson said. "She scratched her face on the fence, but she made a great catch."
Beekman padded its margin to 10-4 with four more in the second.
Wooden was again the catalyst with a one-out double. Sanders then reached on a three-base error and Alexis Crumley walked. Sanders later scored on a passed ball.
With two outs and the bases empty, Armfield blasted a solo home run. Fulmer followed with a base hit and circled the bases on Thompson's double.
Gray's two-out, two-run single upped the Lady Tigers' advantage to 12-4 in the fourth. Crumley and Fulmer walked ahead of Gray's clutch hit.
St. Fred picked up a run in the fifth when Hill led off with a base hit and crossed home on Dickey's squeeze bunt.
Keeping the pressure on, the Lady Tigers added two more in the sixth.
Crumley and Armfield started it off with consecutive singles. After Fulmer hit into a force play, Thompson walked and Gray was safe on a fielder's choice.
Nydia Williams' RBI single highlighted the Lady Warriors' two-run seventh, which brought the final to 14-7.
Alyssa Culbreath allowed three runs on two hits over the final four innings to log the win in relief of Bayleigh Elton.
Armfield went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, single and three RBIs to pace the Lady Tigers at the plate. Wooden homered and doubled, Thompson doubled and singled, Sanders and Gray both supplied two singles, Fulmer was 1-for-2 with four runs scored, and Crumley and Falon Brown singled.
Williams collected three singles in four trips to the plate as the Lady Warriors totaled 10 hits. Yarbrough doubled and singled, Bailey Barham had two singles, Petrus and Loftin doubled and Hill singled.
Dani Roa was dealt the loss in the circle for the Lady Warriors.
NEXT: Tuesday's home game with Union Parish was rained out. Weather permitting, Wilson said Wednesday's scheduled home game against Bastrop will be moved to the Sterlington Sports Complex at 5 p.m.