Lady Gators drop defending champion Mount Carmel

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Kelly Luquette beats out an errant throw to Mount Carmel’s Paige Held in the fourth inning of the Lady Gators 6-4 non-district victory Saturday afternoon.

ST. AMANT - St. Amant overcame a rally by Class 5A defending state champion Mount Carmel to register a 6-4 non-district victory Saturday afternoon at Lady Gator Park.

“We just beat arguably the best team in the state in Class 5A and I am really proud of our girls and the way they competed today,” St. Amant head coach Scott Nielson said. “We played the way we are capable of playing today, got hits when we needed them and got outs when we needed them. We got things done.

“You have to take advantage of your opportunities especially against a good team and today we did a really good job of putting the ball in play when we had the opportunity to. That is the key. We put the ball in the play and had bounces go our way.”

St. Amant rebounded from a 3-0 loss to Parkview Baptist Friday evening before District 6-5A play resumes Tuesday.

Aime Parent picked up the win in the circle for St. Amant (24-3) giving up four runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out three.

Megan Patterson took the loss for Mount Carmel (26-3) surrendering six runs on four hits and five walks while striking out ten.

“It was a hard fought game,” Mount Carmel head coach Jerry Nugent Jr. said. “It was exactly what we expected. We knew we were two of the top teams in the state going at it. When it comes down to it, a few plays here and a few plays there was the difference. We left runners on base and made a few mistakes on defense but they played a flawless game and deserved to win today.

“We didn’t do a good job of timely hitting. Both teams know mistakes lead to runs when you play a good team. When you are playing at this level of competition that is what it comes down to.”

Ashley Austin’s single crossed the first run of the contest after consecutive singles by Tiffany Beck and Lauren Batiz in the top of the first to put Mount Carmel ahead 1-0.

The Lady Gators quickly answered with three runs in the bottom half. Bridget Buquoi drew a two-out walk before Melanie Parker singled and Kandace Boudreaux and Parent each reached on errors to score all the runs. Patterson hit Falynn Rouyea before Gabrielle Templet drew a walk but Amanda Martin struckout to end the inning.

Parent struckout Kristen Held and Sally Divottorio to get out of the second inning.

Patterson struckout Kelly Luquette and Emily Douglas to open the bottom half but Buquoi and Parker singled to right before Boudreaux’s hit to left plated a run to put St. Amant ahead 4-1. 

The next 10 batters were retired in order.

Luquette beat out a bunt to the circle that was overthrown to open the bottom of the fourth inning. Buquoi was hit by a pitch after Douglas’ sacrifice bunt before Patterson surrendered consecutive walks to Boudreaux and Parent to cross a run after a double steal.

Mount Carmel answered in the fifth inning when Ashley Barber beat out a grounder to second base and DiVittorio reached on an error. One out later, Batix crushed a three run home run to left center to cut it 5-4.

Held lined a two-out single through the center of the infield in the sixth inning before Tara Becnel reached on an error and Barber grounded through the right infield but Parent forced Divottorio at home for the third out.

Buquoi drew a walk to lead off the bottom half and Parker beat out a grounder to short before Boudreaux’s fielder’s choice to third was thrown into the dugout allowing a run to score. Patterson struckout Rouyea to end the inning.

Batiz dropped a one-out blooper to left in the seventh inning but Patterson grounded into a fielder’s choice and Parent snatched Austin’s laser back to the circle to end the game.

Parker was 2 for 4 with two runs, while Buquoi was 1 for 1 with two runs and Boudreaux was 1 for 2 with one RBI and one run.

Batiz was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and one run for Mount Carmel.

t. Amant’s Kelly Luquette beats out an errant throw to Mount Carmel’s Paige Held 
in the fourth inning of the Lady Gators 6-4 non-district victory Saturday afternoon.