SPORTS

Parish softball teams enter second sesason at home

Peter Silas Pasqua

Ascension Parish teams hope being among the top seeds will result in a bountiful harvest in Sulphur later this month.

St. Amant, Ascension Catholic and East Ascension all received top 16 seeds at the seeding meets held Friday in Alexandria and will host first-round games.

St. Amant, the District 6-5A runner -up, received the No. 2 seed in Class 5A and will host No. 31 Grace King Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Lady Gator Park. East Ascension, who finished third in district is the No. 15 seed and played No. 18 New Iberia at home Monday.

District 9-1A champion Ascension Catholic, the No. 6 seed in Class 1A, will host Country Day Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Donaldsonville.

St. Amant (27-4 overall) will look to return to Sulphur after having its streak of five straight Class 5A state championships snapped two seasons ago. The Gators will face a Grace King team that placed second behind Higgins in District 9-5A.

The winner advances to play either East Ascension or New Iberia in the regionals later this week.

“It is what it is,” St. Amant coach Scott Nielson said. “There’s no way I thought we would get a No. 2 seed and I can also understand Hahnville’s complaint because they’re seeded third based on power ratings, and they beat us twice in district.

“I know a lot of us did home work with regard to power ratings. There are a lot of quality teams in 5A, but some others did get left out. No process is perfect, and this is just an example.”

East Ascension (27-8-2) returns to the postseason after falling to Mandeville in the regionals last season. New?Iberia finished third behind Lafayette and Pineville.

“We are just happy to still be playing because in the district that we are in obviously a good team got left out in Dutchtown,” East Ascension head coach Amy Pitre said. “We have stressed all year about working hard and it paid off. Now is the time we have to work harder than ever before.”

“I wanted to be seeded high enough to get a home game because that is huge for everyone who follows us to come out and watch. We are comfortable on our field. They have a couple of slappers so I think playing at home will benefit us because of the grass field we have.”

The winner between Ascension Catholic and Country Day  advances to play the winner of No. 11 Hanson Memorial and No.  22 Haynesville in the regionals.