No. 3 McNeese Claims a Spot in 2018 Southland Conference Softball Final

first_imgTournament Central | Box Score | Highlights | Replay At her next at-bat in the fourth inning, Frederick blast a no-doubter to right-centerfield to double the Colonels lead. The Cowgirls tied it up in the fifth inning as first baseman Morgan Catron hit her third homer of the tournament in as many games, lifting one to left-field to score her and right fielder Justyce McClain.SB: Where’s Gwen Stefani for this “No Doubt” blast to right center? @Nicholls_SB up 2-0 thanks to this one from the bat of Kasey Frederick. #SouthlandStrongWatch via https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland Conference apps. #GeauxColonels #GeauxPokes #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/NptFpG8Cdr— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 LAKE CHARLES, La. – A walk-off single to right-field from McNeese’s Erika Piancastelli sends the Cowgirls to the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament championship at Joe Miller Field in Lake Charles, La. Piancastelli could not have picked a better time to tally her first hit of the contest than in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs. The four-time Southland Player of the Year drove pinch hitter Taylor Edwards home to give McNeese a chance to clinch a berth in its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament.SB: @McNeeseSoftball is headed to the Southland Conference Softball Tournament championship! The Cowgirls’ Erika Piancastelli delivers the walk-off single to end this one in eight innings. #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/qN3VAQQPb0— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 10, 2018 The back-to-back Southland tournament champion defeated No. 1 Nicholls 3-2 in eight innings Thursday to claim a spot in tomorrow’s championship, a 12 p.m. first pitch on ESPNU. The Colonels play the winner of No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 8 Sam Houston State at approximately 4 p.m. CT today for a spot in the title game. Nicholls’ leftfielder Kasey Frederick singled past the shortstop to gain the 1-0 lead in the opening frame of the game. The hit scored third baseman Jewel Lara who had doubled to left field on a 0-2 count. The Cowgirls came close to tying it in the bottom of the first when Piancastelli stole second and third after picking up the four-pitch walk. With runners on the corners, Piancastelli attempted to take home on a delayed steal but was caught.center_img The game started off in favor of the top-seeded squad. McNeese had an opportunity to take the lead late in the sixth inning with the bases loaded, one out and returning to the top of the order. The Colonels’ Alexis LaBure, who had entered in for relief after starting pitcher Megan Landry went five innings, recorded the second out at home to get pinch runner Toni Perrin before striking out Piancastelli looking to get out of the jam. Nicholls put the pressure on in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third with two outs, but McNeese’s Alexandria Flores forced Lara to groundout to the shortstop for the third out to keep the score at two apiece. Flores tossed 107 pitches for the eight innings, registering six strikeouts and giving up six hits in the process. The win is her 18th of the year.last_img read more

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Heighno’s call to Leichhardt faithful

first_img“All my mates seem to come along to those games too and still all love sitting on the hill.”Their back five are playing really well and everyone seems to be working hard for one and other so we’ll have to work hard to beat them hopefully in front of a big crowd.”The last time they played there was against Melbourne on a Sunday and it was an outstanding crowd.”We won four in a row coming into last week so it’s not all that bad but we have to get back into the winners circle.”Cronulla have been dominant on the road in the opening two months of the Telstra Premiership, winning all four of their away games, but have lost four of their last six clashes at Southern Cross Group Stadium.”[The Titans game] was a disappointing loss but we’ve had a hard week at training so hopefully we can put in a good performance on Saturday night,” Heighington said.”It was our home game and we never delivered in the clutch plays and the games before that we were good in those areas.”Everything he (Sharks coach Shane Flanagan) said the Titans would do they did, they hung in there for 80 minutes and we weren’t at our best so hats off to them.”We’re coming last in some areas in stats that are very important in rugby league with penalties and completion rates. That’s a good indication that we’ve still got a good team here but we’re not at our best.”Sharks teammate Ricky Leutele didn’t believe a poor attitude was the problem for the premiers last week but rather a couple of lapses in key moments.”I think our attitude is there but our efforts off the ball have let us down,” Leutele said.”It was disappointing from our standards, we had the game there but we threw it away in the last few minutes.”We need to pick up our attitude at home, we’ve been good on the road this year but we need to transfer that to create a fortress again.”Along with Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco, Leutele identified in-form winger and Samoan teammate David Nofoaluma as a key man to stop on Saturday night.”Their back five is probably one of the best in the NRL so we’re aware of that and ready for them,” Leutele said.”[Tedesco] loves staggered lines and broken play so it’s important for me to keep a straight defensive line and Nofoaluma has been making plenty of tackle breaks bringing the ball back from kicks.” As the Wests Tigers use three grounds – Leichhardt Oval, Campbelltown Stadium and ANZ Stadium – throughout the season, they have only met the Sharks on seven occasions at the venue since 2000.With the 35-year-old’s future up in the air beyond the 2017 Telstra Premiership season, the chance to return to a ground where he made 27 appearances in the black and gold is something that may not come around again even if he does play on next year.”It has been a while,” Heighington said with a smile of his last visit to Leichhardt Oval.”It’s always awesome playing there and seeing the Wests Tigers fans who have been so supportive throughout my career.”After the game I’ll still speak to a lot of them so hopefully they can all turn out.last_img read more

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