St. Amant takes 7-1 win over East Ascension

Michael Tortorich
St. Amant seniors Kahn Petite, Jacob Templet and Dylan Delaune celebrate Delaune’s two-run home run in Saturday’s District 6-5A game against East Ascension. Templet batted in two runs late in the game, as the Gators took a 7-1 win.

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ST. AMANT – Following a Thursday loss to Dutchtown, St. Amant bounced back Saturday afternoon with a 7-1 win over another Ascension Parish and District 6-5A rival, East Ascension.

Senior Dillon Morin pitched the complete game for St. Amant (18-12, 7-3 in district). He held the Spartans to three hits in the one-run performance.

East Ascension (14-15, 3-7) will get another shot at the Gators Tuesday afternoon at Johnny Ambeau Field in Gonzales. The game time has been moved from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., due to the East Ascension softball team’s first-round playoff game against Assumption, which is set for 5 p.m.

East Ascension senior John DeArmond went five innings on the mound before Cortland Giardina moved from third to close out the game.

The Gators ended up with a better day at bat as senior Jacob Templet knocked in two runs with two out in the bottom of the sixth to give St. Amant some insurance. Senior Task Plauche then reached on an error to bring in the seventh run.

The three-run inning extended St. Amant’s 4-1 lead going into the sixth.

“We did it economically,”?St. Amant coach Bob Lemons said. “Jacob Templet gave us a cushion. That allowed us some breathing room.”

After a three-up, three-down first inning for both teams, the Gators took a 2-0 lead in the second. After senior Kahn Petite reached on a walk, senior first baseman Dylan Delaune hit a home run over the left-field wall.

The Gators picked up two more runs in the third. Senior catcher Lee Elisar hit a triple to right to drive in pinch runner Daniel St. Pierre. With two outs, Tyler Guillory singled to right.

In the fifth, East Ascension rightfielder Chase Rivett singled. Senior shortstop Jared Kleinpeter followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Rivett tagged on a fly out to score a run from third, cutting the St. Amant lead to 4-1.

“Dillon Morin was the story of the day,”?East Ascension coach Wayne Grenfell said. “They out-played us. We made a couple of mistakes, but credit them, they made the plays. Coach Lemons had his guys ready to play.”

St. Amant holds second place in district behind 10-0 Destrehan with five games left on the schedule.

“Other than Destrehan, everyone is looking up at us,”?Lemons said. “We’ve got to take care of our business, and maintain a pace.”