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For the first time in school history, Monterey High's softball team is competing in the state quarterfinals.
The Lady Wolves, seeded No. 5, defeated Zwolle 8-4 Thursday and will face Grand Lake Friday in Sulphur at 6 p.m.
The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are played in Sulphur.
Grand Lake, seeded No. 13, lost to Avoyelles Charter 7-5 in last year's semifinals.
"They have a great tradition," said Monterey softball coach Hazel Brallier.
It's been an eventful week for Brallier. Not only is she leading Monterey to its first softball tournament, but her daughter, Monique Bryan, is scheduled to have a baby today (Wednesday).
"It was supposed to be Friday, but she told them to move it up," Brallier said.
Monterey has been to the playoffs seven times since 2003, losing in the first round six times. The Lady Wolves suffered one-run losses in the first round three times. Monterey lost to Weston 7-4 in the second round in 2006.
The team is leaving for Sulphur Thursday at 1 p.m.
"The whole community is really excited," Brallier said. "But we can't beer too excited. We have to go there and play the way we are capable of playing. These girls get along so well and when someone struggles, somebody else steps up. Hopefully everybody will be playing well this weekend.
The winner of the Monterey-Grand Lake game plays the winer of the No. 1 Oak Hill and No.8 Choudrant contest Saturday at 11 a.m..
Monterey lost to Oak Hill 12-2 before beating the Lady Rams 11-3 in their second meeting.
"We're going to start Paige Bryan against Grand Lake," Brallier said. "If we meet Oak Hill, Ellen Bairnsfather will pitch because she did an outstanding job against them last time."
Bairnsfather pitched seven solid innings and Monterey had several players step up at the plate as the Lady Wolves defeated the 12th-seeded Zwolle Lady Hawks 8-4 Thursday afternoon in an LHSAA Class B regional round game.
Bairnsfather allowed four runs on six hits, struck out five and walked just two to pick up the victory. And the defense behind her had just one error and came through for her when she needed it.
"The girls just all did a great job. Ellen did a great job pitching. I had some other girls who made some good catches," Monterey head coach Hazel Brallier said.
Monterey scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and one run each in the second and third innings to go ahead 4-0. After Zwolle cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Wolves answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth for a 7-2 advantage.
The Lady Hawks scored two runs in the top of the fifth to make it a 7-4 game, but it would not be nearly enough. The Lady Wolves put the finishing touches on their win by scoring once in the bottom of the sixth.
Karlee Woodruff was Monterey's leading hitter, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs batted in while both Logan Dale and Kennedy Poole contributed with one RBI.
"I had some people that hadn't been hitting step up and that was Logan Dale. Kennedy Poole and Sarah Sims did a great job of hitting in this game," Brallier said.
The Class B state championship game will be played Saturday at 5 p.m.
Houma Christian meets Avoyelles Charter and Maurepas faces Holden in the other quarterfinal contests.
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