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Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown utility player and LSU signe Austin Bain was named District 5-5A MVP.
Photo by Dewey Keller.

It was yet another year that the District 5-5A crown went to a baseball team from Ascension.

In fact, two Ascension squads were able to claim the championship this season--making it no surprise that the parish saw many of their own named to the All-District 5-5A team.

The St. Amant Gators had the most impressive year out of the three Ascension squads in the district.

The Gators won a share of the district title for the first time since 2000 and earned a No. 5 seeding in the playoffs.

The new playoff format featured best-of-three series in both the second and third rounds, but the new look had no affect on St. Amant.

They swept Archbishop Shaw in the regional round and then swept parish rival Dutchtown in the quarterfinals to punch their ticket to the State Baseball Tournament in Sulphur.

The Gators headed into the semifinal showdown with top-ranked Barbe having won 20 of their previous 22 games.

However, despite a valiant effort, the Gators' journey finally came to an end as they fell to the Buccaneers 2-0. Overall, they finished the year 29-9.

The St. Amant players certainly reaped the benefits of such an impressive run as five of them made first-team all-district.

The Gators had one of the best one-two punches on the mound with Skylar Enlow and Brennan Grant. Each player made first-team All-District 5-5A.

Their catcher Matthew Delaune was also a first-teamer, and Nicholls State signee Blaine Schexnayder joined him from the infield. Schexnayder also won the district's Gold Glove along with Catholic's Nick Coomes.

In the outfield, Justin Duhon was the Gators' final first-team selection.

On the second team, relief pitcher Tyler Dixon made it along with infielder Grant Durbin, outfielder Owen Richard and utility player Brock Bowen.

Reece LeBlanc, Connor Millet and Mitchell Mayard were all honorable mention selections.

Dutchtown had an impressive run of their own.

They also won a share of the district title and once in the playoffs, they rode the big upset win over No. 4 Denham Springs into the quarterfinals.

After being swept by St. Amant, the Griffins finished the season with an overall record of 24-14.

Like the Gators, Dutchtown also placed five players on the first-team unit.

One of those players was their ace Dillon Abbess. He was joined by infielder Payton Stafford, outfielder Aidan Hodges and utility players Austin Bain and Evan Richardson.

Bain, an LSU signee, was named the District 5-5A MVP.

Head coach Chris Schexnaydre was named Co-Coach of the Year along with St. Amant's Troy Templet and Catholic's Brad Bass. It was only fitting when you consider that their three teams finished in a three-way tie for the district title.

Catcher Tyler Boeding and infielder Trey Gallman made the second team along with outfielders Dylan King and Justin Martin.

The East Ascension Spartans had their share of success as well.

They finished 17-16 during the regular season and pulled a huge 3-2 upset over No. 7 Comeaux in the opening round of the playoffs.

They were swept by eventual state runner-up Live Oak in the second round, but the Spartans pushed them to the limit--losing both games by only one run.

For their great play, East Ascension landed three players on the district's first team.

Luke Lambert made it from the outfield, and both Southern Miss signee Austin Millet and Tristan Babin made it as utility players.

A booming eight Spartans made the second team.

Cole Holley, Austin McInnis and Nick Purpera all made it from the mound, and their catcher Layne Trahan joined them.

Outfielder Baron LeBlanc was a second-team selection along with outfielder Kade Waguespack and utility players Brandon Ansardi and Jake Schexnayder.