Ali Merchant fired a two-hitter, while Amber Johnson collected a trio of hits as the fourth-ranked Pitkin Lady Tigers had no trouble with the No. 29 Bell City Bruins (4-15) in the first round of the Class B playoffs on Monday, 15-0.
With the victory, Pitkin improved to 16-9-1 overall and will take on No. 13 Grand Lake, which hammered Castor on Monday, 18-3.
The game will be at home for the Lady Tigers and will likely take place Thursday afternoon.
Pitkin jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the first inning of play and used a six-run effort in the second frame to take a 14-0 advantage.
After scoring a run in the bottom of the third, the game was called.
Merchant gave up no runs on two hits with three strikeouts and no walks, while also going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Johnson was 3-for-3 for the Lady Tigers, while Hailee Anding, Loran Nolen and Torie Byrd joined Merchant in going 2-for-3 at the dish.
Kristen Roshong and Angelina Dauzat also had a pair of hits for the District 5-B champion Lady Tigers.


SIMPSON — LeAnn Bennett surrendered just one run on one hit, while Mackenzie Kelly had a pair of hits as the third-ranked Simpson Lady Broncos pounded the Simsboro Lady Tigers in the opening round of the Class B playoffs on Monday afternoon, 16-1.
With the win, Simpson is now 21-7 overall and will take on either 14th-ranked Houma Christian or 19th-ranked Weston in the second round later this week. If Houma Christian wins, the Lady Broncos will play at home, but if Weston is victorious, Simpson will travel.
The Lady Broncos scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning and scored four more in the second, building a 15-0 lead heading into the third.
Simsboro (6-19-1) pushed a run across in the third to force Simpson to bat in the bottom half. The Lady Broncos scored a single run to end the game due to the mercy rule.
Bennett gave up one run on one hit with two strikeouts and two walks to get the win. Kelly was the only Simpson hitter with more than one hit.


HORNBECK — Despite falling behind early, the seventh-ranked Hornbeck Lady Hornets were able to rally and rally big, posting a 16-6 victory over the 26th-seeded Centerville Lady Bulldogs on Monday in the first round of the Class B playoffs.
With the win, Hornbeck is now 17-6-1 overall and will take on either 10th-ranked Maurepas or District 5-B rival Fairview later this week in the second round of the playoffs.
Centerville (10-15) jumped out on top with two runs in the top of the first, but Hornbeck answered back with three in the bottom half of the frame to take control.
After three runs in the second and two each in the third and fourth innings, the Lady Hornets owned a 10-2 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs, however, rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth to trim the deficit to four runs, 10-6.
However, the Lady Hornets scored twice in the fifth and four times in the sixth to secure the victory.
Tori Prell got the win in the circle, pitching four innings. She struck out six batters and gave up two runs. Megan Thiels worked the final two innings, giving up four runs.
Caitlyn Gentry, Nikki Manes, Andrea Garrett and Haley Brister each went 2-for-4 in the contest, while Leslie Ellis had a double.
Caroline Hebert took the loss, but did go 2-for-4 at the plate.

Oak Hill.....15

HINESTON — The Evans Lady Eagles' season came to an end on Saturday, falling to the top-ranked Oak Hill Lady Rams in the first round of the Class B playoffs, 15-0.
Oak Hill is now 24-4 overall and will play either Stanley or Downsville in the second round.
The Lady Eagles finished the season with a record of 2-19.


First-round playoff action continues on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of Vernon Parish teams in action.
The 15th-ranked Rosepine Lady Eagles (18-9-1) will play host to the Lady Trojans of Sacred Heart-Ville Platte in a Class 2A opening contest at 3:15 p.m.
Just down the road in Longville, a pair of District 4-2A rivals in Anacoco and South Beauregard will take to the field in first-round action in the Class 2A playoffs.
The Lady Indians (15-8), ranked 17th, will journey to face the Lady K’s, the No. 16 seed. Game time is 6 p.m.
In Rosepine, the Lady Eagles and Lady Trojans are meeting in the playoffs, which is becoming quite common over the past few years.
The winner of this game will likely take on second-ranked John Curtis for the right to advance to the Fast Pitch 56 Tournament in Sulphur later next week.
The Lady Indians and Lady K’s have played each other twice this year, with each team winning at home.
Anacoco is guided on the field by sophomore pitcher Marci West, along with D’Ambra and Brandie Perkins, both solid performers for the Lady Indians.
South Beauregard is always a threat to go deep in the playoffs as head coach Jack Deason is one of the best in the business, having taken the Lady K’s to the state title game several times.