Parish baseball teams fall in the first round

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant outfielder Justin Duhon. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

All four Gonzales-area baseball teams had their names called when the playoff brackets were released on Sunday and Tuesday but already, three have fallen.

St. Amant was awarded the highest seeding as they landed at No. 20 with an overall record of 17-13. The Gators finished their district schedule at 6-4.

They fell into a tough stretch to end the season. After winning five of six games to start district play, they ended the year losing three of their final four contests.

The late-season skid forced them to take to the road for their opening-round matchup with No. 13 Acadiana--a team that went 18-12 during the year.

Last season, St. Amant was the parish's most successful baseball team as they swept through the playoffs and reached Sulphur for the semifinals. There, they lost a close 2-0 decision to eventual champion Barbe.

The Gators won't have that kind of run this year.  They'll fail to make the quarterfinals for the first time in three seasons as they fell to Acadiana last night, 7-2.

The Spartans had their late-season woes as well. After winning six straight games to begin district play, East Ascension ended the year losing four of their final five games.

The sharp descent dropped the Spartans to 15-16 for the regular season and 6-4 in district.

They headed into the playoffs as the No. 29 seed, having to make a trip to face fourth-seeded Lafayette. Lafayette finished the regular season 22-8.

East Ascension was trying to pull a first-round upset like they did last season when they upended seventh-seeded Comeaux.

The Spartans went on to lose two one-run games to eventual state runner-up Live Oak in the second-round series.

This time around, they fell just short.  East Ascension was up, 1-0, heading into the sixth inning, but Lafayette scored a run in each of the final two innings to win the game, 2-1.

Dutchtown entered the playoffs as the hottest baseball team from Ascension.

The Griffins looked like a lost cause just a couple of weeks ago as they sat at 11-16 overall and just 2-3 within the district.

However, Dutchtown ended the year with five straight wins, finished at .500 and took second in the district, only behind champion Catholic.

The strong run helped them earn a No. 28 seeding. Unfortunately, it drew them a tough road matchup with defending champion and fifth-seeded Barbe.

The two played back on March 19. Barbe won a close 2-1 decision.

Barbe went on to win the rematch.  After being tied, the Buccaneers went on a big run and cruised by the Griffins, 10-4.

In 1A, Ascension Christian made the playoff field for the first time in three years.

Because of the weather, the Lions only played 21 games this season--going 12-9 overall and 6-4 in district play.

They had risen significantly in the power rankings and appeared to have a great chance to host a home first-round game, but they struggled down the stretch--winning just two of their final seven contests.

With the late-season struggles, they had to settle for the No. 22 seed and a road first-round playoff game on Saturday night against No. 11 Ascension Episcopal--a team that finished the regular season at 17-9.

If Ascension Christian can pull off the upset, they will play the winner out of Central Catholic and Delhi Charter.