Gators fall into six-game skid
In St. Amant's opening game of the Jay Patterson Shootout, they pitched their ace Blayne Enlow, and he was just as nasty as his reputation would suggest.
Enlow was in total command from the start and held Brother Martin to just one hit, but unfortunately for the gold medalist, his defense couldn't match his intensity.
The Gators committed three crucial errors that led to three Crusader runs. So, despite Enlow's dominant one-hitter, St. Amant still lost, 3-2.
The gut-wrenching defeat was only the tip of the iceberg for the Gators. It gave way to a rough weekend that yielded three losses by a combined margin of 22-5.
On Friday night, even the weather was unkind as their game against Central was delayed for more than an hour due to lightning and heavy rain.
When the game resumed, they were haunted by defensive mistakes once again. The Gators committed four errors, and their pitchers collectively walked 14 batters.
It led to Central erupting for six runs in the fifth.
The Gators were able to cut the lead in half when they came up to bat.
Griffin Edwards produced an infield single, and after an errant Central throw to first, he reached second.
Following a Miles Murray walk, Larson Fontenot reached base on a fielder's choice. This allowed Edwards to score.
Ben Parker then walked to load the bases.
An Ivan Prejean sacrifice fly scored Murray, and Fontenot eventually scored after a fielder's choice on a Gant Gauthreaux grounder.
However, Central outscored them, 5-0, for the rest of the game.
Larson Fontenot was the only St. Amant player with multiple hits as he went 2-4.
The funk continued for the Gators on Saturday as they were blanked by West Monroe, 8-0.
It was their sixth straight loss after they began the year with a 4-2 record.
St. Amant is in a tough place right now. Two key players in Briggs Bourgeois and Kolby Blanchard are out with injuries and they are sitting at just 4-8 overall with the always-tough District 5-5A schedule right around the corner.