There was no power outage in Simpson on Thursday.


There was no power outage in Simpson on Thursday.
But unfortunately for the Lady Broncos, the power surge happened on the other side of the field.
Houma Christian, the No. 14 seeded, banged out 11 hits, including four for extra bases as the Lady Warriors stunned third-ranked Simpson in the second round of the Class B playoffs, 7-3.
With the victory, Houma Christian improved to 17-12-2 overall, advancing to the Fast Pitch 56 State Softball Tournament for the second time in three years. The Lady Warriors will play either sixth-ranked Forest or No. 22 Avoyelles Charter.
Simpson closed its season with a mark of 21-8.
The Lady Warriors wasted little time in getting on the board.
Lindsey Crowdus singled off of Simpson starter Mackenzie Kelly, took second on a stolen base and reached third on a sacrifice bunt from Amy Bonvillain.
Crowdus eventually scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Emily Albares for a 1-0 Lady Warrior advantage.
Simpson got its leadoff batter on board as Stephanie Averitt reached on an infield single off of Crowdus. Averitt swiped second base and appeared to have scored when Taylor Ellzey was hit in the back on a throw from third baseman Alexis Francis after a grounder.
But Ellzey was ruled out for running in the baseline and Averitt was sent back to third, where she was stranded.
After a scoreless second, the Lady Warriors put a pair of runs on the board in the top of the third.
With two outs and a pair of runners on base, Albares smacked a two-run double to the wall in left center, giving Houma Christian a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Warriors got their fourth run of the game in the top of the fourth as Francis singled and scored on an error, opening up what seemed to be a comfortable lead at the time.
But not so fast.
LeAnn Bennett singled to open the bottom of the fourth and scored on an RBI-triple from Ellzey. Ellzey scored on an RBI-single from Kelly on the very next pitch, getting the Lady Broncos to within two.
Kelly was replaced at first with courtesy runner Kristen Eaves. Eaves reached second and third on passed balls and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Miranda Underwood, cutting the deficit to one, 4-3.
Although the Lady Broncos had built up some momentum, with one swing of the bat in the top of the fifth, it all changed.
With one out, Bonvillain drew a walk from Kelly, bringing up Albares.
After watching a ball go by, Albares connected on a two-run homer over the wall in left field, giving Houma Christian a 6-3 lead and the momentum.
It looked as if Simpson might make some noise in the latter innings, getting a pair of runners in scoring position in each of the last three frames, only to come away empty-handed.
Crowdus got the win in the circle for the Lady Warriors, giving up three runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Albares was 2-for-2 with a double, a homerun and five RBIs to lead the way, while Hannah Carlos was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Crowdus was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Kelly worked five innings, suffering the loss. She gave up seven runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Bennett pitched two innings, giving up no runs on three hits.
Averitt, one of Simpson's seniors, closed out her high school career by going 3-for-3 with a stolen base. Bennett was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Ellzey was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI.
Kelly was 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Underwood was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.