Dutchtown, St. Amant close out weekend with district wins

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
Dutchtown's Alex Thibodeaux had two RBIs in the Griffins' 9-6 extra-innings win over Catholic on Saturday. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Both Dutchtown and St. Amant cruised to district wins on Saturday. The Gators bounced back from a loss to Catholic to shut out archrival East Ascension 6-0, and the Griffins pulled away from those same Catholic High Bears 9-6 to remain on top of the district.

Dutchtown came into the game fresh off of a 13-1 beatdown of McKinley and sporting a perfect district mark. The Bears had only dropped one in the league all year and that was a 7-3 loss to the Griffins earlier in the season.

They were looking to even things up at home on Saturday, but No. 10 Dutchtown was able to hang tough and escape with a 9-6 extra-innings win.

The Griffins actually led 6-3 after four but from there, their offense hit a wall. They couldn't score anymore runs through seven, but Catholic did.

The Bears scored a run in the sixth and in the bottom of the seventh, facing their final three outs, they scored two more and sent the game into extra innings.

There was a standstill in the eighth with no runs scored but in the ninth, the Griffins exploded for three scores.

Catholic had their chance to answer and extend the game, but they couldn't match the three runs.

Evan Mativi worked the mound and got the win for the Griffins. From the plate, Cole Stapler led the way as he went 2-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Alex Thibodeaux went 1-3 with two RBIs.

Josh Smith and Connor Whalen were the Bears' top hitters. Smith went 2-2 with two RBIs while Whalen went 2-5.

The win continued the Griffins' hot streak--moving their win total to 10 straight. All 10 of those wins have been within the district.

The victory put their overall record to 21-8. They'll look to keep the wins coming on Thursday as they tangle with McKinley again.

As for St. Amant, they had dropped a road matchup to Catholic on Thursday but come Saturday, they bounced back nicely with a 6-0 shutout win over parish rival East Ascension.

The game was tight for the most part. The first two innings went scoreless and after four, the Gators were only up 2-0.

However, it was in the fifth when St. Amant delivered the knockout blow. They exploded for four runs to put them up firmly 6-0. From there, it was smooth sailing as they held on for the easy victory.

In the loss, East Ascension's Austin Millet highlighted their offense as he went 2-3.

Austin Tanner picked up the win on the mound for the Gators. The victory jumped his overall record to 6-2.

From the plate, Ryan Cardinale went 2-3, and Blaine Schexnayder went 2-4.

It continues to be a tough year for the Spartans. They now sit at 11-17 and just 3-6 in the district.

Conversely, the victory put St. Amant to 19-9 overall and 6-4 in the league--placing them in third place.

They'll have the opportunity to make up a lot of ground this Thursday when they host Catholic. The Gators are 0-2 against the Bears this season.