Lady Chiefs hold off Lady Tigers in crosstown contest; both roll to Tuesday wins

The city’s two high school softball teams collided Monday and produced a well-played, highly-competitive contest before Natchitoches Central prevailed 2-0 over St. Mary’s. 

Maddie Robinson struck out 13 Lady Tigers in a one-hit shutout pitching performance. She took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Brooklyn Townson pulled off a one-out bunt single.

 Grace Wren of St. Mary’s struck out seven Lady Chiefs while scattering six hits.

 After sweeping a doubleheader Tuesday with Many (14-3) and LaSalle (14-2), NCHS owns a 26-4 record. St. Mary’s rebounded by pounding Northwood (17-7) and is now 16-11.

 In Monday’s crosstown matchup played in east Natchitoches, Desi Robinson was the second batter and hit a solo homer, the first of three hits she had for the Lady Chiefs as she drove in both runs.

 That accounted for a 1-0 lead going into the final inning, when NCHS rallied with two out. Maddie Robison doubled to left field and scored on Desi Robinson’s line drive single to right.

 With help of an NCHS error after a walk, and Townson’s single, SMHS had the tying run in scoring position with one out in the bottom of the seventh.  But Maddie Robinson got her last two strikeouts to escape the threat by the Lady Tigers.

 She delivered three hits and five RBI in the win over LaSalle Tuesday. Robinson added four RBI against Many, matched by Skylar Braxton, while Ehren Guidroz led the Lady Chiefs with three hits.