Five area teams advanced with victories in the opening round of the softball state playoffs Tuesday.
In Class 5A, District 6-5A rivals Fontainebleau and Ponchatoula hooked up for a third time this season, having split a pair of regular season games.
The ninth-seeded Bulldogs won the rubber match, downing the 24th-seeded Green Wave 7-3 in Mandeville.
Ponchatoula scored first with a run in the top of the first on a Fontainebleau error before the Bulldogs tied it in the bottom of the second. The Green Wave went back up 2-1 on a solo home run by Mallory Vining.
Fontainebleau won it by posting back-to-back three-run innings in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Chantel Schurr had a sacrifice fly to tie the game 2-2 before Caroline Randazzo belted a two-run home run, her eighth of the season, to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead.
Ponchatoula cut the deficit to 4-3 with a run in the top of the sixth but Fontainebleau answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
Nia Silvas and Hailee Taylor each went 3-for-4 with an RBI while Brenae Bergeron was 3-for-4 as well to lead a 13-hit attack for Fontainebleau (20-5). Vining and Chelsea Ryan each had two hits and an RBI for Ponchatoula (11-22).
Melinda Jacob (9-2) was the winning pitcher, allowing just three runs on four hits, striking out four. Courtney Curtis took the loss for Ponchatoula, allowing three runs on seven hits in four innings. Corinne LeBlanc took over for Curtis and gave up four runs as the Bulldogs were able to pull away.
Fontainebleau advances to travel to eighth-seeded Hahnville Thursday at 4 p.m. The Tigers blanked 25th-seeded Zachary 10-0 in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.
The Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the first for all they would need.
Pryscilla Prince had an RBI double, Kamryn Keller belted an RBI triple, Madison LeBlanc had an RBI single and Jordyn Hogan had a sacrifice fly.
Hahnville (28-6) made it 7-0 with three runs in the top of the third inning as Keller added an RBI single, Baleigh Baudoin had a sacrifice fly and another run scored on an error. The Tigers completed the scoring in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI singles by Keller, Hogan and LeBlanc.
Keller finished 3-for-3 with three RBI while LeBlanc and Hogan were 2-for-2 with two RBI to pace a 13-hit Tiger attack. Alyssa Brashier and Alyssa Wittig had the only hits for the Broncos. Hahnville stole seven bases in the game.
Karly Taranto pitched a two-hitter for the victory while Carlie Schenk was the losing pitcher for Zachary (15-16).
At Mandeville, 12th-seeded Mandeville was locked in a close game with 21st-seed Comeaux for quite some time but the Skippers erupted for eight runs in the sixth inning to end it in a 12-2 victory.
The Spartans took the lead in the top of the third when Abby Fontenot stole home but Mandeville answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame as Amberlyn Alfano had an RBI triple, before a double steal made it 2-1. Savanna Hetler singled home a run and it was 3-1.
Dominique Guidry cut the deficit to 3-2 with a solo home run in the top of the fourth for Comeaux (16-12)
Alfano singled home a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-2, setting the stage for the eight run outburst in the sixth inning to end it.
Grace O’ Berry picked up the win, allowing two runs on just three hits. Fontenot took the loss. Alfano finished 3-for-3 with three RBI to lead the Mandeville attack.
The Skippers (24-6) advance to the regional round to travel to fifth-seed Sam Houston, who routed 28th-seed H.L. Bourgeois 15-0 in three innings.
Northshore gave District 6-5A another team in the regional round as the 14th-seeded Panthers belted 19th-seed West Monroe 10-0 in a game shortened to five innings at Slidell. It was the seventh straight win for the Panthers.
The Panthers controlled play throughout, scoring a run in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Laura McGinnis, adding two in the third to make it 3-0 on RBI by J.K, Burris and Sydney Tyca, scoring three in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Camryn Cottingham and a two-run single by McGinnis and finishing it off with four runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Cottingham had a two-run single, a wild pitch score another to make it 9-0 and Tyca finished it with a two-out, RBI single.
Jorden Vivien pitched a three-hitter, walking two and fanning two Rebels for the win while Cassidy Rhea took the loss.
Cottingham was 3-for-4 with three RBI while McGinnis was 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Panthers. Jenna McKee had two hits for West Monroe (13-15).
Northshore (24-10) advances to the regional round to take third-seed St. Amant on the road. The Gators routed 30th-seed John Ehret 17-0 in a game shortened to three innings.
Destrehan was not as fortunate as the 16th-seeded Wildcats were upset at home by 17th-seed Dutchtown 9-4 at Destrehan.
The Griffins took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the second on an RBI single by Kaylee Sharpe and made it 3-0 with two runs in the third on a two-run triple by Baylee Bourgeois. They broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fourth to make it 9-0 on RBI singles by Blayne Pence, Paige Patterson, Hannah Martin, Denae Lowe and Sharpe.
Destrehan fourght back with fur runs in the top of the fifth inning as Sarah Boquet had an RBI double, Julie Scheuermann had a sacrifice fly and Carla Beck added a two-run single to make it 9-4 but that is as close as Destrehan would get.
Erin Hardy picked up the win, scattering seven hits for Dutchtown while Beck took the loss. Turner led the Dutchtown attack with three hits and three RBI while Boquet had two hits for the Wildcats (21-11).
Dutchtown (21-14) advances to travel to top-seed Alexandria in the regional round Friday at 6:30 p.m. ASH dumped 32nd-seed Chalmette 10-0 in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.
In Class 2A, 14th-seed Fisher drilled 19th-seed Madison Prep 14-4 in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.
The Gators advance to the regional round to travel to third-seed Doyle, who ousted 30th-seed Rayville 19-4 in a game shortened to three innings by the mercy rule.
Prep Softball Results from Tuesday, Apr. 18
(17) Dutchtown 9, (16) Destrehan 4
(9) Fontainebleau 7, (24) Ponchatoula 3
(8) Hahnville 10, (25) Zachary 0
(12) Mandeville 12, (21) Comeaux 2 (6 innings)
(4) Central 6, (29) Natchitoches Central 4
(3) St. Amant 17, (30) John Ehret 0 (3 innings)
(14) Northshore 10, (19) West Monroe 0 (5 innings)
(11) Live Oak 14, (22) Haughton 5
(7) Barbe 4, (26) New Iberia 0
(8) Beau Chene 11, (25) Franklinton 1 (6 innings)
(12) Benton 6, (21) Westgate 1
(19) Assumption 6, (14) Northwood (SH) 4
(2) DeRidder 15, (31) Fair Park 0 (3 innings)
(12) Erath 6, (21) Jennings 1
(4) Pine Prairie 17, (29) Northwest 0 (3 innings)
(3) Caldwell Parish 11, (30) Union Parish 1
(19) Iota 3, (14) West Feliciana 2
(15) Church Point 5, (18) South Beauregard 4
(2) North Vermilion 20, (31) Mansfield 0 (3 innings)
(1) Rosepine 7 (17) Oakdale 0 (Regional Round)
(12) DeQuincy 13, (21) South Plaquemines 2 (5 innings)
(13) Delcambre 8, (20) North Caddo 2
(3) Doyle 19, (30) Rayville 4 (3 innings)
(14) Fisher 14, (19) Madison Prep 4
(6) Sterlington 16, (27) Lakeview 0 (3 innings)
(10) Lakeside 6, (23) Vinton 3
(15) Springfield 17, (18) Red River 0 (3 innings)
(2) Many 15, (31) West St. Mary 0 (3 innings)
(16) Block 14, (17) Haynesville 4 (5 innings)
(8) D’Arbonne Woods Charter 18, (25) Lake Charles College Prep 0 (3 innings)
(13) Centerville 15, (20) Arcadia 0 (3 innings)
(14) Merryville 13, (19) White Castle 2 (5 innings)
(7) Delta Charter 17, (26) Plain Dealing 0 (3 innings)
(10) Beekman Charter 17, (23) Lincoln Prep 0 (3 innings)
(18) Northwood-Lena 20, (15) Ringgold 4
(17) Monterey 17, (16) Oak Hill 1
(12) Choudrant 10, (21) Bell City 0 (5 innings)
(11) Simsboro 9, (22) Slaughter Community Charter 1
(18) Quitman 12, (15) Weston 1 (5 innings)
(1) Planview 21, (16) Phoenix 0
Prep Softball Playoff Schedule for Wednesday, Apr. 18
(22) Lake Arthur at (11) Mamou, 3:30 p.m.
(15) Starks at (2) Maurepas, 4 p.m.
(9) De La Salle at (8) Ursuline, 4 p.m.
(12) St. Scholastica at (5) Academy of Our Lady, 4 p.m.
(13) Thomas Jefferson at (4) St. Charles Catholic, 4:30 p.m.
(14) Pope John Paul II at (3) Holy Savior Menard, 4 p.m.
(9) St. Edmund at (8) Ascension Catholic, 4 p.m.