St. Amant races out to undefeated start in baseball

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
St. Amant's Kirk Elisar. Photo by Dewey Keller.

The St. Amant Gators got their season off to a very impressive start last weekend as they pummeled four straight opponents in the Stephen Richardson Tournament by a combined score of 48-9.

Their first game got out of hand early and often as they absolutely demolished South Terrebonne 25-3.

The Gators exploded for 12 runs in the opening inning to go up 12-2 and followed it up with four in the second, six in the third and three in the fifth before the game was called.

St. Amant cranked out 16 hits. Three of those hits came from Cole Benoit--who went 3-4 with three RBIs and he scored two runs. Reese LeBlanc went 2-2 with a homer and four RBIs.

Austin Tanner picked up the win as he pitched four innings, struck out seven and gave up two runs on five hits.

Things were a little more challenging for the Gators in their next outing, but they were still able to win with ease. They rolled past Ouachita 9-3.

The Gators scored at least one run in each of the first three innings as they got out to a 6-0 lead.

Ouachita got three in the third, but St. Amant responded by outscoring them 3-0 to end the game and pick up the win.

Both Madison Nickens and Ryan Cardinale went 2-4 with an RBI, and Andre Liotta got the win after pitching six innings. He struck out three and gave up three runs on six hits.

The Gators stayed sharp in their next game against Airline.

They scored two in the opening inning, and the lead lasted until the fourth. There, Airline finally got on the scoreboard to cut the lead to 2-1.

However, St. Amant responded with their biggest output of the game in the bottom of the inning as they surged for three runs. It opened a 5-1 lead that they never relinquished--even after Airline scored a run in the fifth.

Nickens and Cardinale had the hottest bats once again for the Gators. Nickens went 2-4 and scored a run while Cardinale went 2-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Cameron Templet collected the win on the strength of giving up only three hits and one run through four innings.

And to end the tournament, St. Amant cashed in another dominating performance as they smacked around Parkview Baptist 9-1.

The game had all the makings of a tight, low-scoring affair at the start. The Gators scored a run in the first, but the game remained 1-0 all the way until the bottom of the fourth.

It was there that St. Amant finally got separation. They put up five runs. The 6-0 lead was all the cushion they needed as they cruised to the easy 9-1 win.

The Gators had trouble from behind the plate--only collecting three hits, but Parkview committed three errors from the field. Also, Eagle pitchers walked six St. Amant batters.

Mitchell Mayard, Blaine Schexnaydre and Jacob Morales were the only Gators that could came up with hits.

Connor Millet pitched a complete game for St. Amant--striking out six and only giving up the one run on five hits.

The win improved the Gators to a pefect 4-0 to start the season. They'll make the trip up north to compete in a tournament at Quachita Christian starting on Thursday.