LeBlanc outduals Reynolds to push EA?past Lady Griffins
East Ascension pushed across the only run of the contest in the fifth inning and held off Dutchtown for a 1-0 victory to open the second round of District 6-5A play Monday afternoon at Lady Spartan Park.
“It was very important to win this one,” East Ascension head coach Amy Pitre said. “If you lose this one, you just dig yourself into a deeper hole. It’s huge. If we don’t win this one we would have to win out and we don’t want to be in that situation.”
The game was originally scheduled for Thursday but postponed due to rain.
Heading into the contest, Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant were in a three-way tie for second place in district with 3-2 marks behind undefeated Hahnville. The Lady Gators have since gained sole possession with victories over East St. John and Destrehan while the Lady Griffins (15-9, 4-3) and Lady Spartans (14-11, 4-3) remained tied for third following Dutchtown’s 5-1 victory over East St. John and East Ascension’s 2-0 loss to Hahnville Tuesday.
“Every game is important at this point but we didn’t come out here and seal the deal at all,” Dutchtown head coach Nancy Ensminger said. “It wasn’t our day, I guess. We just have to regroup and try to pick up some wins.”
Chelsea LeBlanc picked up the win in the circle allowing just two hits while striking out six and walking three over seven innings. Alexi Reynolds took the loss surrendering one run on two hits and two walks while striking out 10 in six innings.
“The umpire had a tight strike zone and it was going to come down to who got a run,” Pitre said. “ I knew that by the way both pitchers were pitching. They were hitting their shots and Alexi was working the corners real well that kept us off balance all game.”
Shelby Young lined a one-out double the left gap in the bottom of the fifth inning and Evan Babin’s single through the center of the infield plated the only run of the contest.
“It was a pop up,” Ensminger said. “We were out of position. It should have been caught. It should have been an out. We just didn’t make the plays we should have.”
“I don’t know if it should have been caught,” Pitre said. “It didn’t touch anybody’s glove. The position that she was in, it would have been tough for her to make the play. Something like that could have easily happened to us and it determined the game. It was time for us to get lucky, because we have lost some tough, close ones. We were waiting for one to go our way.”
Mackenzie Kohler led off the bottom of the sixth with a double inside the third base bag before Jade Bourgeois drew a walk and Reynolds’ sacrifice bunt put two in scoring position but LeBlanc struckout Carey Alexis and forced Hannah Bergeron into a groundout to get out of the jam.
“We didn’t get the hit when we needed,” Ensminger said. “We had an opportunity and just didn’t get it done. We didn’t do our job offensively with runners in scoring position.”
Reynolds retired the side in order in the bottom half striking out the first two batters.
Faydra Hall reached on an error in the seventh inning but Amanda Vicknair grounded out to Brandi Cedotal at third to end the game.
Reynolds struckout six of the first seven batters she faced surrendering a two-out walk to Tiffany Robinson in the first inning.
Dutchtown threatened in the second inning when Justine Tureau drew a one-out walk and stole second.
Cedotal drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the third before Brooke Courville was hit by a pitch two outs later and Robinson’s grounder was bobbled but Reynolds struckout Jade St. Pierre to get out of the inning unscathed.
Bergeron grounded off Cedotal to open the fifth and Hall lined through the left infield one out later but LeBlanc popped up Vicknair to end the inning.
Young was 1 for 2 with one run, while Babin was 1 for 3 with one RBI. Kohler and Hall each were 1 for 3.
Reynolds picked up the win against East St. John striking out eight in four innings. Kohler was 2 for 5, while Alexis was 2 for 4 with one RBI, Bourgeois was 1 for 4 with two runs, Parnell was 1 for 4 with two runs and one RBI and Bergeron was 1 for 3 with one run. Laura Scioneaux took the loss giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks.
LeCoq took the loss against Hahnville giving up two runs on three hits and one walk, while striking out seven in six innings. Robinson was 1 for 2 and LeCoq, Courville, St. Pierre and Young each were 1 for 3. Courtney Dutreix and Melissa Gaubert each were 1 for 2 with one run for Hahnville. Lauren Candies got the win surrendering five hits, while striking out three in seven innings.