St. Amant tops East Ascension, SJA edges Dutchtown in 12 innings

Staff reports

Dutchtown came up short in a marathon battle against St. Joseph, while St. Amant posted a win against arch-rival East Ascension in District 5-5A softball action Thursday.

ST. JOSEPH 2, DUTCHTOWN 1 – St. Joseph’s came forth with a run in the bottom of the 12th inning to pull off a heartbreaker against the Lady Griffins in a 5-5A showdown Thursday at Pioneer Park in Baton Rouge.

SJA got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, but the Lady Griffins struck back with a Hope Zezniat run in the top of the seventh that set the stage for a logjam that continued into the final frame.

Allison Crum had a double for Dutchtown, while Jessica Crum had one hit.

The Lady Griffins slipped to 11-4 and 3-1 in 5-5A action. SJA improved to 17-3 and 4-1 in district action.

Dutchtown awaits St. Amant (5-0 in district) for a clash Thursday at 5 p.m.

ST. AMANT 5, EAST ASCENSION 2 – Kasey Neilson improved to 15-1 at the mound in St. Amant’s 5-2 win over the Lady Spartans.

Nielson struck out six batters in the win.

SAHS improved to 18-1 overall and remained unbeaten in district action. East Ascension dropped to 12-9 and 2-2 in 5-5A action.

Kerri Gremillion and Hayley Lavigne each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead St. Amant, while Brittani Roberts was 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Pitcher Kayleigh LeBlanc had two RBIs for EAHS, while Bailey Landry had one hit and one run for the Lady Spartans and Marina Spelligene chalked one hit.

The Lady Gators took a 3-0 lead in the third inning after Madison Edmonston off scored off Lavigne’s single to right.  A Brittani Roberts single to left paved the way for a Brittani Corville run. Whitney Troxclair scored the third run off a passed ball.

East Ascension tightened the game with two runs in the following frame. A LeBlanc line drive to center drove home Kacee Palmer, while scored the following run.

Two runs in the bottom of the sixth sealed the St. Amant victory. A Nielson single to right brought home Lavigne, who reached base on a one-bagger to second. Gremillion, who singled to shortstop, scored the final run of the game.

LeBlanc struck out six and walked five for EAHS.