Spartans use three-run sixth to push past St. Amant
East Ascension scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to push past St. Amant 7-4 in District 6-5A play and move into a third-place tie in standings Monday evening at Johnny Ambeau Field.
“We are tied for third again but it doesn’t matter if we don’t beat them over there tomorrow,” East Ascension head coach Wayne Grenfell said. “We got a big win today. A win that we needed but we have to move on.”
The victory pushed the Spartans (11-15-1, 4-6) into a two-way tie for third-place with Hahnville and ended a four-game losing streak.
“Bottom line, is guys have quit doing what they have been doing and decided to play baseball,” Grenfell said. “That is the way we are supposed to play and when we do, we have a chance to win.”
Alec Singletary picked up the win on the mound surrendering four runs on three hits and five walks while striking out five. Dillon Morin took the loss in one inning of relief giving up three runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one.
Bradly Day beat out a grounder to short to open the Spartans’ sixth and Morin hit Troy Gautreau one out later. Marcus Bailey lined a laser through the center of the infield to plate the go ahead run before Matt Richard lined a double inside the third base bag to cross another. Morin walked Levin Fairchild to load the bases after striking out Singletary and then was called for a balk on a pitch Adam Trahan lined out cross the final run.
Singletary retired the Gators (17-12, 3-7) in order in the seventh inning striking out Morin and Lee Elisar to end the game.
Elisar drew a one-out walk in the first inning before Kenny Wilkins reached on an error one out later to plate a run. Kahn Petite singled and a balk crossed another run to put the Gators ahead 2-0.
Trahan singled to lead off the second inning and Miles Holley drew a walk before Austin Todd’s sacrifice fly plated a run and Gautreau’s single knotted it up.
Petite drew a walk to open the fourth inning and scored on an error to put St. Amant ahead 3-2.
Bailey singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth but pinch running Austen Waguespack was picked off. Richard then singled and Fairchild drew a walk one out later before Trahan’s double plated two runs to give the Spartans a 4-3 lead.
Wilkins drew a walk to lead off the sixth before Dylan Delaune reached on a fielder’s choice and Daniel St. Pierre’s triple knotted it up 4-4.