By Rodrick Anderson
SULPHUR — No. 8 Westlake took an early lead but succumbed to errors on Friday in the Class 3A quarterfinals at the LHSAA state softball tournament in Sulphur and lost to No. 1 Brusly 7-3.
“Things definitely didn’t go the way we planned,” Westlake head coach Lindsey Langner said. “I am very proud of the girls making it here.
“I think in the end, the errors cost us. I felt like we were in the game with that team and had we had some clean defense there and came up with some of those plays it could have been a different game.”
Westlake was the second local team to struggle on Field 15 on Friday. In the game before Westlake’s, Sam Houston committed six errors in a 6-1 loss to Central-Baton Rouge.
In the second inning, it was an error by Brusly right fielder Kameryn Adkins on a fly ball by Audrey Fisher that allowed Baleigh Glover to score and put Westlake up 1-0 but that lead didn’t stand for long.
In the bottom of the second inning, Westlake (21-7) shortstop Morgan Harlow’s throw to first sailed high allowing Ariana Cipriano to reach base. Cipriano would later score on a double up the middle by Angel Bradford to tie the game. Bradford scored the go-ahead run on a ground out.
Brusly (30-4) added an unearned run in the third and sixth inning sandwiched around a two-run homerun by Mary-Cathryn Comeaux and Gabrielle Mancuso’s RBI single in the fourth inning.
Westlake made up some ground in the top of the fifth when Reagan Richard hit a two-out two-run single but Westlake left six runners stranded over the final three innings.
Richard and Myka Lester each went 2-for-4 for Westlake while Kyana Thymes went 2-for-4 for Brusly with a double and a run.
Comeaux pitched a complete game for Brusly allowing three runs, two earned on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Lester took the loss for Westlake after allowing seven runs, three earned, on six hits with one strikeout and three walks.
Westlake loses three seniors to graduation in Harlow, Glover and Reagan Richard but will return six starters next year.
Westlake 010 020 0—3-6-5
Brusly 021 301 X—7-6-1
PITCHING: W — Mary-Cathryn Comeaux. L — Myka Lester.
TOP HITTERS: Westlake — Reagan Richard 2-4 (double, 2 RBIs), Myka Lester 2-4. Brusly — Mary-Cathryn Comeaux 1-2 (2 runs, 2 RBIs, HR), Kyana Thymes 2-4 (run, double), Angel Bradford 1-3 (run, RBI, double).
RECORDS: Westlake — 21-7. Brusly — 30-4.