East Beauregard softball

Junior Abbie Clendening throws a pitch during a Class 1A quarterfinal game against Montgomery on Thursday at the LHSAA state softball tournament in Sulphur.

SULPHUR — The third-seeded East Beauregard softball team made the most of its first trip to the high school state softball tournament by advancing to the Class 1A semifinals with a 10-4 victory against No. 6 Montgomery.

The Trojans (15-8) scored all but one of their runs in a two-inning span to run away from the Tigers (15-9) and reach the semifinals for the first time in school history.

“Wow,” said East Beauregard head coach Marsha Cooley. “It was just unbelievable. They stepped up. We knew they were ready and they came down here and did what they had to do to win the game.”

A four-run second inning seemed to put the Trojans in control.

But the lead lasted a half inning as Montgomery pitcher Carlee Carter tied the score in the top of the third inning with a grand slam.

“We just told them it’s a new ballgame,” Cooley said. “Just like it was 0-0. It was time to start over, and we just came back and kept hitting the ball.”

East Beauregard took advantage of four Montgomery errors in the third inning, scoring five runs on two hits to run away from the Tigers.

Trojans relief pitcher Kristen Deason shut down the Tigers after giving up the grand slam against her first batter, allowing East Beauregard to cruise to the victory.

“She did an excellent job,” Cooley said. “She stepped up today and came out and threw the pitches we thought.”

East Beauregard will return to Frasch Park on Saturday to face No. 2 Oak Grove for a spot in the Class 1A state championship game.

Cooley said her team’s confidence is through the roof.

“I think we’ll relax a little better, and our confidence is way up,” Cooley said. “We got this.”