Bourdage no-hitter leads GHS to title

Softball on line

Gainesville 4, Middleburg 0 – The Gainesville softball team has leaned on freshman pitcher Leanna Bourdage so far in 2024.

On Thursday night, she delivered once again, and this time brought the Hurricanes a district title.

Bourdage tossed a no-hitter with 18 strikeouts and Braylin Cook homered to lead No. 2 seed Gainesville to a 4-0 win at top-seed Middleburg in the District 2-5A championship game.

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Against Middleburg (21-4), Bourdage did issue six walks but stayed out of trouble with strikeouts. She struck out the side in both the sixth and seventh innings to finish off the no-hitter.

Josie Kirwan walked with the bases loaded to put GHS up 1-0 in the top of the second. Cook followed with a two-run homer in the third for a 3-0 Hurricanes lead.

GHS added its final run in the fifth inning on a RBI groundout by Rihanna Williams, after Cook was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Gainesville (20-4) will play TBA in a Region1-5A quarterfinal next Thursday.

Santa Fe (Alachua) 5, Trinity Catholic (Ocala) 0 – Top-seed Santa Fe waited out a nearly two-hour weather delay and blanked Trinity Catholic (Ocala) 5-0 in Alachua to win the Class 3A-District 5 title.

The Raiders (21-4), who have won 11 of their last 12 games, advance to Wednesday’s FHSAA Class 3A regional quarterfinals.

Countryside Christian 11, Father Lopez (Daytona Beach) 10 – Top seed Countryside Christian, which edged St. Francis Catholic Academy, 12-11, in the district semifinals, scored six runs in the final two innings to rally past host Father Lopez (Daytona Beach), 11-10, for the district crown.

The Minutemen (9-4) got three hits and four RBI from freshman Riley Keith and three hits and three runs batted in by senior Brooke Davis in the come-from-behind win.

Trenton 10, Chiefland 0 – Freshman Addison Allaire tossed a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts and also was 3-for-4 with a team-high four RBI at the plate as top-seed Trenton (19-2) blanked Chiefland, 10-0, in six innings to win the Class 1A-District 7 title.

Chiefland (10-14) senior Emma Swain had the only hit for the Indians against Allaire, who did not walk a batter.

The Tigers also took advantage of six Chiefland errors.

Williston 16, Hawthorne 1 – Top-seed Williston pounded out 15 hits in only four innings and had a nine-run third inning as the host Red Devils (15-10) pounded third-seed Hawthorne 16-1 to win the Class 1A-District 8 title.

The Hornets (7-12) managed only two hits against Williston starting pitcher Aubrey Bertrand, and the Red Devils took advantage of five Hawthorne errors to roll to their second consecutive district title.

FHSAA Softball – District championship scores

Thursday, May 2

Class 1A-District 6 at Branford

2 Branford 3, 1 Fort White 1

Class 1A-District 7 at Trenton

1 Trenton 10, 2 Chiefland 0 (6)

Class 1A-District 8 at Williston

1 Williston 16, 3 Hawthorne 1 (4)

Class 2A-District 4 at Father Lopez (Daytona Beach)

1 Countryside Christian 11, 3 Father Lopez (Daytona Beach) 10

Class 3A-District 2 at Suwannee (Live Oak)

2 Suwannee (Live Oak) 4, 4 Florida High (Tallahassee) 1

Class 3A-District 3 at Palatka

2 Palatka 12, 1 Keystone Heights 7

Class 3A-District 5 at Santa Fe (Alachua)

1 Santa Fe (Alachua) 5, 2 Trinity Catholic (Ocala) 0

Class 5A-District 2 at Middleburg

2 Gainesville 4, 1 Middleburg 0

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