In a game in which the two teams combined for 25 hits and 19 runs, you wouldn't expect the key to victory to be defense, but that was the case at East Ascension on Thursday night.

In a game in which the two teams combined for 25 hits and 19 runs, you wouldn't expect the key to victory to be defense, but that was the case at East Ascension on Thursday night.

The difference in the game was a second inning in which Dutchtown committed three crucial errors. The Lady Spartans made them pay, turning their miscues into a nine-run explosion that put them ahead, 11-2.

The Lady Griffins fought back the best they could, but in the end, it wasn't enough. East Ascension pulled out the victory, 12-7.

"Honestly, our kids haven't done that in the past three years that I've been here," Lady Spartan head coach Katie Marse said. "It was the first time that I saw them explode through. I always knew they could. I was just happy that they were able to capitalize on it, because capitalizing on other teams' mistakes is something we always talk about. Just getting base hits is what's gonna keep us in games and allow us to win games."

Initially, East Ascension quickly fell into a 2-0 hole.

In the top of the first inning, Kassidy Hood and Skylar Boyd each produced RBI singles that gave Dutchtown the lead.

But the Lady Spartans answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Rachel Ducote came up with an RBI triple, and she was sent home by a Brynnen Gautreau single.

It set the stage for a dominant second inning for East Ascension.

Indya Torres led off with a single, and Endya Gillard joined her on base following a walk. Next, Dutchtown committed their first error. An errant throw allowed Torres to score.

Jada Goodlow then reached base following another Lady Griffin error. As a result of the miscue, Gillard scored.

Next, Rebecca Burke drove in two runs with a double. Later, Ducote produced an RBI single, and a base hit by Gautreau scored two more.

Carly Ross then singled, and a Torres walk loaded the bases.

To finish out the inning, another Dutchtown error allowed a run to score, and Goodlow came up with a sac fly. This offensive flurry gave East Ascension a comfortable 11-2 advantage.

The Lady Griffins began chipping away at the deficit in the next inning.

Hood and Madison Mitchell each singled, and Mitchell scored following an East Ascension error.

Camille Dawsey and Katelyn Bessonette each drove in runs to get the Lady Griffins within 11-5. An RBI single by Hood in the fourth cut it to 11-6.

The Lady Spartans scored their final run in the bottom of that frame.

The bases were loaded, and Burke came up with a sac grounder that gave East Ascension a 12-6 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Carly Turner came in to pinch hit for Dutchtown and produced an RBI infield single that cut it to 12-7, but that's as close as the Lady Griffins would get.

In defeat, Hood led the way for Dutchtown as she went 3-5 with two RBIs. Anna Jones went 2-5.

As for East Ascension, they were led by Gautreau as she went 3-4 with three RBIs. Burke went 2-5 with three RBIs of her own.

Ducote was 2-5 and drove in two runs, and Goodlow was 2-4 with an RBI.

This was East Ascension's first win over Dutchtown since March 31, 2016. This was also the first time they have opened the District 5-5A season with a win in three years.

"It feels really great," Marse said. "We had a rough year my first season here. I finally see the program going in the direction that it should be going. It's getting better, and getting this first district win is awesome. I hope the girls enjoy every minute of it."