St. Amant hadn’t played a game in over a week, but there were no signs of rust on Tuesday evening as they hosted parish rival Dutchtown in a first-round playoff matchup.
The Lady Gators were razor-sharp from the very first pitch. They piled up 14 hits in less than five innings in what became a decisive 12-1 victory over the Lady Griffins.
"We haven't played a game in a week that counted on the record, but we're fortunate enough at St. Amant to have enough kids to compete every day,” Lady Gator head coach Amy Pitre said. “We actually did an intrasquad. We told them that this needs to be a serious game. It was varsity against JV, and they were able to compete. This was a rivalry game with lots of pinned-up anxiety. I'm super proud of how they came out focused and handled it."
The St. Amant offensive blitzkrieg began with their very first batter. In the bottom of the first, Jadyn Rumfellow led off with a triple. She eventually scored on a Madison Hurt sac grounder.
Taylor Tidwell then walked, and Kennedy Page singled. Both were then sent home on a three-run homer by Madison Marchand that gave St. Amant a 4-0 first-inning lead.
In the second, Hurt reached base on a fielder’s choice, and Tidwell joined her following a single. Page then drove them home with a two-RBI single that extended the advantage to 6-0.
Dutchtown scored their only run of the game in the top of the third.
Kaylee Sharpe drilled a solo home run to cut the deficit to 6-1. It was the first hit of the day on St. Amant pitcher Alyssa Romano.
However, the Lady Gators responded with a six-run flurry in the bottom of the third that put the game out of reach.
Romano reached base on a fielder’s choice, and Kelsi Martine came up with an infield single. Both players then scored on a two-RBI single by Rumfellow. She eventually scored on a single by Hurt.
Then, Tidwell crushed her 17th home run (school record) of the season—this one a two-run blast to extend the lead to 11-1.
Finally, to end the inning, Marchand came up with an RBI double.
It was the third time the Lady Gators beat Dutchtown this season. They’ve won the three games by a combined score of 31-3.
Tidwell went 2-2 with a walk and a home run. Marchand was 2-3 with a homer and four RBIs.
Playing against her old school, Page went 2-2 with a walk and two RBIs, while Rumfellow was 3-4 and also drove in two runs.
Martine went 2-3.
"As a team, we're where we need to be. We have seven seniors leading us,” Pitre said. “That's key, because they know how important it is to be playing their best ball right now, and they're leading the way for the young ones. It showed tonight."
Romano held Dutchtown to just two hits and one run in four and a half innings of work. Those hits came from Sharpe and Danae Lowe.
"She's (Romano) been on a mission for a little while now,” Pitre said. “She got thrown in as a freshman, and she took her hits, but she still led us to the quarterfinals with a lot of run support. This year, we've won some low-scoring games where she didn't get the run support. She handled her business in the circle, and I think that's the difference this year. We're very balanced."
St. Amant will host No. 20 West Monroe in Friday's second-round game. The Lady Rebels (18-14) upset 13th-seeded Destrehan, 2-0, on Tuesday evening.