After a convincing victory over St. Joseph's Academy to start district play, St. Amant could have gone through the motions the next day as they hosted an overmatched Hammond squad.

However, the Lady Gators never lost their focus. Right from the start, they jumped all over the Tornados and took total command. In the end, they only needed three innings to trounce Hammond, 16-1.

After a convincing victory over St. Joseph's Academy to start district play, St. Amant could have gone through the motions the next day as they hosted an overmatched Hammond squad.

However, the Lady Gators never lost their focus. Right from the start, they jumped all over the Tornados and took total command. In the end, they only needed three innings to trounce Hammond, 16-1.

St. Amant scored 12 runs in the first inning. Amazingly, their first 11 batters reached base.

The inning featured back-to-back home runs from Taylor Tidwell and Abby McKey. Tidwell's homer was a two-run blast over the centerfield wall.

They stretched the lead to 15-0 in the second inning.

Kelsi Martine bunt singled and Tidwell reached base on a throwing error. Both players were then sent home on a three-run homer by McKey.

In the third, Jadyn Rumfellow ended things with an RBI single that invoked the mercy rule.

In just three innings of work, McKey went 2-3 with two home runs and four RBIs. Rumfellow went 2-2 with a walk and two RBIs, Alyssa Romano went 2-3 with two RBIs and Pamela Carbo went 2-3 with a run batted in.

After starting the season 2-3, the Lady Gators have now won eight of their last nine games.

"I think it's just us getting more comfortable and figuring out our roles and where we need to be, and I think our pitching is starting to settle in a little bit," St. Amant head coach Amy Pitre said. "We have a freshman (Romano) in the circle for us right now, and she keeps getting better every time she pitches. I think it was a little overwhelming for her at first, but she's been figuring things out, and we're scoring a lot of runs behind her and helping her out a little bit."