Top Row: Trainer Corey Frith, Principal Tommy Byler, Kamryn Jones, Miah Broussard, Jodi Broussard, Ainsley Constantine, Gabby Dupre, Brittany Primeaux, Shanie Stelly, Katelyn Blanchard and head coach Joy LeBlanc. Middle Row, Kylie Lanclos, Alana Duhon, Shelby Breaux, Claire Hebert, Holly Necaise, Asst. Coach Brooke Dupuy. Bottom Row: Demi Boudreaux, Sydney Guidry, Kaylee Lopez, Hannah Menard, Kiley Naomi, Amie Vincent, Kylie Lemaire, Taylor Primeaux and Sydney Mouton. And Assistant coach Prophet Gaspard Ardeneaux is not pictured.
North Vermilion's Never Quit Attitude leads to state title
The North Vermilion Lady Patriots won the Class 3A softball state title by having the attitude, “It is never over, until it is over.”
The Lady Patriots beat Brusly 5-3 in 10 innings on Saturday in a late-night contest.
When the game was on the line, the Lady Patriots could have packed it in and settled for second place in Class 3A.
Not these girls. They wanted it just a little more than Brusly that night.
North Vermilion head coach Joy LeBlanc instilled in her players to give it their all until the final out is made.
“Out motivation was to never take a pitch off and always bring your best game and fight until the end,” said LeBlanc.
After crushing Jena, 11-2, in the semifinals, the No. 2 Lady Patriots met No. 1 seed Brusly in the finals.
After no score for four innings, North Vermilion, the visitors, scored two runs.
With Claire Hebert on first base, tournament MVP Kaylee Lopez doubled home Hebert. On the double, Lopez scored on an error that gave NV a cushion 2-0 lead.
Brusly rallied and tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning and after seven innings it remained tied 3-3.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, things looked bad for North Vermilion.
The score was 3-3 and Brusly had runners on first base and third base with no outs.
One hit or one long fly ball could have ended North Vermilion’s dream.
North Vermilion third baseman Aime Vincent came up with the play of her life. She caught a line drive for an out and then dove towards third base to tag the Brusly runner who was standing off her bag.
No runs scored that inning.
That unassisted double play by Vincent sparked her teammates in the top of the 10th inning.
Kalyee Lopez, who went 5-for-5 at the plate and was named the MVP of the tournament, led off the inning with a single.
Shelby Breaux advanced Lopez to second base with a sacrifice bunt.
Demi Boudreaux put the Lady Patriots ahead for good with a RBI-single.
Kylie Naomi extended the lead with an RBI-double.
Leading 5-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning, North Vermilion pitcher Shelby Breaux did the rest to preserve the victory.
“They worked so hard. They fight every game. They never let up,” LeBlanc said. “I’ve got kids on the bench who people don’t get to see that are busting their butts. The intensity brought be the seniors, and the attitude that they brought to the field every day, is what makes this team and this year so special.”