Baleigh Glover (Westlake HS softball)

In her first start in the circle in more than a month, senior Baleigh Glover struck out eight on Monday in a 9- win over St. Louis Catholic to win the District 4-3A championship outright.

By RODRICK ANDERSON

randerson@sulphurdailynews.com

LAKE CHARLES — Through two innings, everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the seventh-ranked Westlake Lady Rams.

St. Louis Catholic benefited from three Westlake errors and led 7-2 but Westlake cleaned up its act over the final five innings to come from behind to win 9-8 win at College Oaks Park.

“Not that I was necessarily worried but I knew that if we didn’t clean that up that we would definitely be in trouble,” Westlake head coach Lindsey Langner said. “For them to come back, fight through it and start picking it up after the second inning shows a lot of heart from them.”

Westlake (19-6, 9-1) wrapped up its first outright District 4-3A championship since 2010.

“I am very, very proud of them,” Langner said. “The girls are very deserving of this.

“This is what they have been working for. It is great to see them finally achieve one of their goals.”

With sophomore Myka Lester out with a medical issue, senior Baleigh Glover stepped into the circle to earn her second win of the season. After a rough first two innings, Glover allowed just one run on two hits over the final five innings including retiring the side in the bottom of the seventh. Glover finished with eight strikeouts and five walks.

“I really thought that she did a great job,” Langner said. “She came in ready to go and head strong.

‘She is more than capable of getting the job done. She had the right mental attitude.”

Westlake scored seven of its eight runs with two outs.

Morgan Harlow started the rally in the fourth with a two-out double and Kenedee Morris was hit by a pitch which set up Reagan Richard’s two-run single. Richard scored the tying run on a single up the middle by Jena Johnson.

In the top of the seventh, Audrey Fisher got a leadoff walk and scored the go-ahead run when second baseman Madison Guillory over threw first base after grounder by Sarah Shepherd with two outs.

St. Louis took advantage of Westlake miscues to score two runs on an error and one on a passed ball in the first inning.

St. Louis picked up two more on an error and passed ball in the second plus two RBI singles by Madison Brinkman and Aaliyah Williams.

Westlake 9, St. Louis 8

Westlake 023 300 1—9-8-3

St. Louis 341 000 0—8-5-4

PITCHING: W — Baleigh Glover (2-1). L — Hannah Derouen.

TOP HITTERS: Westlake — Audrey Fisher 2-3 (2 runs, RBI, double), Jena Johnson 1-4 (2 runs, RBI), Reagan Richard 1-4 (2 runs, 2 RBIs). St. Louis — Tamara Palms 1-3 (2 runs), Brinkman 1-3 (run, RBI).

RECORDS: Westlake — 19-6, 9-1. St. Louis — 9-17, 3-7.