SPORTS

Lady Gators crush Dutchtown behind Boudreaux, Parker homers

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Melanie Parker and Kandace Boudreaux celebrate Parker’s three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Lady Gators’ 9-0 victory Thursday afternoon. Boudreaux hit a two-run shot in the third inning.

ST. AMANT - St. Amant cranked out 15 hits including home runs from Kandace Boudreaux and Melanie Parker on way to shutting out Dutchtown 9-0 Thursday afternoon at Lady Gator Park.

“Anytime you can get that kind of run support it helps the team,” St. Amant head coach Scott Nielson said. “We wanted to try and win every inning and we did. We left some meat on the bone late but the kids played a great game and beat a very good team over there.”

The victory kept St. Amant (26-3, 7-2) in second place in District 6-5A standings two-games behind undefeated Hahnville (9-0), who the Lady Gators close out with Tuesday. Dutchtown (16-11, 4-5) falls into fourth-place behind East Ascension (5-4), who swept the Lady Griffins, with one game remaining. The Lady Gators fell, 2-1, to Dutchtown in the first round.

“We are going to have to hope for a wild card,” Dutchtown head coach Nancy Ensminger said. “We hit the ball hard today. We just hit it to people.”

Amanda Martin picked up the win in the circle allowing no runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three.

“We knew going in that Amanda had the ability to do a good job and she did,” Nielson said. “ When you don’t allow any runs, you obviously give yourself a chance to win.”

Alexi Reynolds took the loss allowing nine runs on 15 hits and one walk, while striking out two in four and 2/3 innings.

“We have gone almost two complete seasons without an illegal pitch and they called it four times,” Ensminger said.  “They went after our strength which is our pitcher and knocked her out of her game. Now you know why they have all their hits but I am not taking anything away from St. Amant. They have good hitters and made some adjustments from the last time we played.”

Martin retired the first nine batters she faced.

Emily Douglas grounded pass first base with one out in the bottom of the first inning and pinch running Haley Jara stole second before Bridget Buquoi’s liner to right put runners on the corners.Parker lined out to left to put St. Amant on the board.

Gabrielle Templet lined to shallow left with two outs in the bottom of the second before Martin lined out of the reach of the second baseman. Kelly Luquette’s grounder off the shortstop put St. Amant ahead 2-0.

Parker drew a one-out walk in the third inning and Boudreaux followed with a crushing two-run home run over the left field fence to give the Lady Gators a 4-0 lead. Brooke Capello reached on an error one out later but was thrown out sliding back to third on Templet’s double to left.

Amanda Vicknair drew a lead off walk to open the fourth inning giving Dutchtown their first base runner but Martin forced the next three batters into fly outs.

Martin took second on a throwing error to open the bottom half before Douglas lined to center field one out later to plate a run. Buquoi lined a double to the left gap to put runners in scoring position and Parker answered with a deep shot to left field for a three-run home run giving St. Amant an 8-0 lead. Aime Parent lined through the center of the infield one out later but was left stranded.

Carey Alexis lined to left to open the fifth inning and Hayden Wood drew a walk one out later. Justine Tureau lined through the center of the infield to load the bases with two outs but Martin popped up Vicknair to catcher Douglas in foul territory.

Templet lined to left to open the bottom half but pinch running Whitney Troxclair was tagged out on a steal attempt. One out later, Luquette lined a triple to the left field gap and Douglas’ grounder through the center of the infield reflected the final tally. Reliever Vicknair forced Buquoi into a ground out to end the inning.

Jade Bourgeois beat out a grounder to third with one out in the top of the sixth inning but Reynolds grounded into a fielder’s choice and Alexis grounded out to third.

Parent and Lauren Garlepied drew consecutive two-out walks in the bottom half but were left stranded.

Faydra Hall reached on an error to open the seventh inning but Wood grounded into a fielder’s choice and Martin fielded Tureau’s grounder to the circle to end the game after Averi Parnell’s fly.

Templet was 3 for 4 with one run for St. Amant, while Parker was 1 for 2 with four RBIs and two runs, Douglas was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, Buquoi was 2 for 4 with one run and Martin was 2 for 3 with one run.

Bourgeois, Alexis and Tureau were each 1 for 3 for Dutchtown.

St. Amant’s Kandace Boudreaux forces Dutchtown’s Jade Bourgeois at second base in the sixth inning of the Lady Gators’ 9-0 victory Thursday afternoon.