Dutchtown falls to St. Thomas More in 1-0 decision

Michael Tortorich
Dutchtown first baseman Hannah Bergeron and fellow seniors Faydra Hall and Justine Tureau helped guide the Griffins to the regional round of the state playoffs.

LAFAYETTE – Dutchtown’s playoff run ended Friday against sixth-seeded St. Thomas More in a 1-0 game.

St. Thomas More scored on a two-out error and pitcher Prophet Gaspard tossed a complete-game no-hitter.

Dutchtown junior pitcher Alexi Reynolds recorded seven hits and no earned runs. She struck out two.

The top five batters in St. Thomas More’s lineup each notched at least one hit.

Dutchtown, seeded No. 11, put up a solid fight to the defending state champions, who have won 14 straight games.

St. Thomas More (24-4) will face No. 3 West Monroe in Sulphur.

Dutchtown (18-13) bowed out in the regionals for the second time in four years, as the Grifins were eliminated by defending state champion Ruston two years ago.

The Griffins have been a scrappy team this season, hanging tough in close calls and extra-inning games. They have represented Ascension Parish teams well this year as they were one of three teams from the parish to advance to the regional round of the Class 5A state playoffs, along with counterparts St. Amant and East Ascension. Competition was fierce this season, as the teams split their two games against each other.

Dutchtown’s three seniors – Faydra Hall, Hannah Bergeron and Justine Tureau – all played key roles in the Griffins’ success as starters.

With several underclassmen who start, the future looks bright for the Dutchtown program.