The Pope Fast pitch racetrack was packed with spectators and fans from both Pope and Houston for the first state playoff game of the season. The double-header started off strong, with a complete blowout from Pope, scoring seven runs in the first five innings, resulting in a run-rule game finish. Pope was led by Hallie Adams who pitched phenomenally, and Jadyn Laneaux, a LSU commit. Strong and well-placed swings allowed Pope to make several runs while Hallie and the outfielders kept the Houston Bears, despite their good swings, with zero runs the first game.
The second game was a battle between the pitchers until the sixth inning. Pope scored four runs at the start of the game, but Houston pitcher Olivia Brown gave Pope a run for their money with her aggressive pitches. Kendall Huelsman also stood out on Houston, contributing to the low amount of runs for Pope this game. The second of the two games ended with Pope scoring seven runs and Houston getting their first run. Pope came out on top and will be advancing to the next round of state playoffs.
Pope head coach Chris Turco also secured his 300th career win. Congratulations to Pope Softball and Coach Turco. Great job!