The Spartans fought back late, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Their five-game winning streak ended with a 10-7 loss.

East Ascension had been playing mistake-free baseball in an impressive run of seven wins in eight games, but on Wednesday night, they reverted back to the Spartan team that struggled early in the season.

Destrehan feasted on multiple free passes from the mound and gaffes from the field. A disastrous fourth inning by East Ascension gave way to eight Wildcat runs.

The Spartans fought back late, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Their five-game winning streak ended with a 10-7 loss.

“We didn’t pitch it exceptionally well, and that’s really what we’ve been hanging our hat on the past couple of weeks," Spartan head coach Kade Keowen said. "When we’re not pitching well and it’s compounded by us not making routine plays, then all of a sudden, you see them throw an eight-spot up there.”

The blunders followed East Ascension right out of the gates.

Two of the first three Destrehan batters were hit by pitches. A single into left was then mishandled by the fielder, allowing one run to score.

Another Wildcat runner later scored on a Spartan throwing error to put them in a quick 2-0 hole.

East Ascension responded at the bottom of the inning as walks by Preston Thrash and Grant Griffin and a bunt single by Cameron Schexnaildre loaded the bases.

Thrash scored on a wild pitch, but the Spartans left their other two runners stranded on base.

Still only trailing 2-1, the fourth inning proved to be a nightmare for East Ascension.

It began with what appeared to be a routine fly out in left, but the Spartan fielder misjudged it, allowing it to go over his head for a double.

Another Wildcat reached base and a runner scored on a fielding error.

After another batter was hit by a pitch, Destrehan came through with an RBI double, followed by an infield RBI single.

The bases were then loaded, and the Wildcats scored another run when yet another batter was hit by a pitch.

To end the inning, Destrehan scored on an RBI walk, a two-RBI double and a passed ball. The flurry gave them a dominating 10-1 advantage.

East Ascension tried to fight back, but they just couldn't maintain any offense. They stranded two base-runners in both the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings.

In the sixth, they loaded the bases with a Beau Landry walk and singles by Kagan Wheat and Carson Dabadie.

All three players ended up scoring after three straight walks. Daniel Decoteau scored on a grounder by Schexnaildre.

It cut the deficit to 10-5, but East Ascension still left two runners stranded on base.

Down to their final three outs, Dabadie singled and Steven Alexander walked. Both players were then sent home on a single by Blake Peterson.

Though, the Spartans would fail to score again.

Destrehan had eight total hits, but they were also given seven free passes by Spartan pitching--five hit batsmen and two walks.

East Ascension could only muster six hits from the plate. Three of those came from Dabadie. He was the only Spartan player to finish with multiple hits as he went 3-4.

Coach Keowen wasn't happy with the end result, but he was pleased with how his team continued to fight after falling down 10-1.

“That’s another thing that we’ve been able to hang our hat on this year," Keowen said. "We’ve come back from six runs down twice this season, so I will say that when we do get behind, I don’t think we’re ever out of the fight."

The Spartans will now step back into district play. They began the league tilt with two straight wins over Dutchtown.