Lady Lion softball seek hope on the horizon

Though the Lady Lions softball team fell to LSU during their last home game of the season, the team looks to their series versus Northwestern State University as their last chance for redemption.

“We’ve got three games at Northwestern, and we have to win all three of them,” said Head Coach Pete Langlois. “So our hope is that they go over there and play out of their mind and hope everything falls into place.”

The final home game of the season ended in a 3-11 loss. LSU scored runs in every inning.

Senior first baseman Tori Sheppard was the sole contributor to the scoreboard for the Lions after hitting a three-run home run.

“It’s not exactly what we planned,” said Sheppard. “There were goods and bads out of all of it, but we’re really looking forward to this weekend. That was our main goal, was to try not to let them out, just like we’re not going to let Northwestern out this weekend. We didn’t get it so much this time, but next weekend, hopefully.”

If the Lady Lions lose a game in the weekend series, their season will be over. The team is nervous, yet hopeful for success in the series.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” said Sheppard. “This will be our last three games if we don’t [win], so we’re going into it knowing that if we do win those three games, there is still a chance that we can come back on our home field and really have the home field advantage. We have a game plan. Hopefully we can stick by it and just follow through.”

The following series will color the entire season for the Lady Lions. For the coach, judgment will be held until the team’s series performance.

“So far, with this being the last home game, we’ll still go to Northwestern,” said Langlois. “We’ve got to win some games there to make the tournament, so Monday when we get back [I’ll have an opinion of] what I thought about the whole season.”

The series versus Northwestern State will take place in Natchitoches, LA Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday.