EA crushes Gators for season sweep
East Ascension scored five runs in the third inning and 10 in the fourth to capture a 15-0 District 6-5A mercy-rule victory over St. Amant and move into sole possession of third place in league standings Tuesday night at Gator Park.
“Offensively, we are starting to do things we are capable of,” East Ascension head coach Wayne Grenfell said. “The kids are playing loose and it is fun to play again. As long as they are confident, we always feel like we have a chance.”
“You have to give credit to our kids. St. Amant is too well coached to say that they gave us something. They didn’t give us anything. Our guys worked the walks. Our guys worked the base hits. Our guys are fighting and we are just happy to be playing with a chance to make the playoffs.”
The victory gave the Spartans (12-5-1, 5-6) a season sweep of the Gators (17-13, 3-8) pushing them ahead of Hahnville into third-place, the district’s final automatic playoff berth. St. Amant falls into fifth-place with four games remaining in the regular season.
“We got beat,” St. Amant head coach Bob Lemons said. “Pitching was part of it tonight. We walked a bunch people, hit a few and couldn’t get them out but we only got one hit so it is not just pitching. There are no excuses. It is what it is and we are going to do the best we can to finish this year strong. We are not mathematically eliminated and we have to play like it.
“If you are in this business long enough you are going to end up with games like this but you just have to be able to walk the halls and face the music. We will see how people respond. You find out a lot about the character of people when things are not going well for you.”
Ethan Guidry got the win on the mound giving up no runs on one hit and four walks while striking out five over five innings. Jake Bordelon took the loss giving up five runs on three hits and four walks while striking out two in two innings.
Alec Singletary drew a one out walk in the top of the first and a throwing error on Levin Fairchild’s grounder to third put runners on the corners but second baseman Caleb Templet turned a double play from shortstop Dillon Morin to end the inning.
A. J. Bonadona got the Gators’ lone hit in the bottom half but was left stranded.
Bordelon picked off Austin Todd at first to end the top of the second and Guidry struckout Jacob Templet to end the bottom half.
Troy Gautreau was hit to open the third and advanced on a pass ball before Marcus Bailey lined to left to crack the scoreboard. Matt Richard reached on a throwing error before Singletary drew a walk to load the bases. Fairchild’s grounder through the center of the infield plated two runs before Adam Trahan lined a double off the center field wall to cross another. Bordelon walked Miles Holley and Bradly Day to load the bases and Todd dropped a blooper to left field off reliever Dane Morin to give East Ascension a 5-0 lead.
Morin walked Richard and Singletary to open the fourth inning and Fairchild reached on a bunt to load the bases. Trahan drew a walk to score a run and reliever Dillon Savoy walked Holley, the first batter he faced, to cross another.
Day then turned on an offering from Savoy sending a shot over the right field fence for a grand slam home run.
“I didn’t know it was gone till everybody started waving,” Day said. “That is when I started jogging around the bases. It was a sigh of relief. It was magical.”
Savoy hit Todd and walked Gautreau before Bailey dropped a blooper to right to load the bases again. Singletary drew a walk to plate a run and Fairchild reached on an error off reliever Justin Manton to cross another. Holley lined through the right infield one out later to complete the damage.
Guidry surrendered consecutive walks to Kenny Wilkins and Kahn Petite in the bottom half but induced two fly balls to end the inning.
Daniel St. Pierre drew a one out walk in the bottom of the fifth and Dillon Morin reached on a grounder before Bonadona’s fielder’s choice put runners on the corners but Caleb Templet grounded out to end the game.