Two parish baseball teams eliminated from the playoffs
Heading into the baseball playoffs, all three of Ascension’s 5A powers found their way into the playoff field, but after Tuesday, only one has been left standing.
The 19th-seeded St. Amant Gators are still alive after making the long trip to Ruston on Tuesday evening and upsetting the No. 14 Bearcats, 8-6.
It was the 20th win of the season for the Gators and the second straight season that they won a first-round playoff game. Last year, St. Amant reached the state quarterfinals.
In that quarterfinal run, they beat Sam Houston on the road. They’ll have to pull off that feat again this weekend.
The Gators will hit the road to face the third-seeded Broncos (27-7) in a best-of-three series.
The highest-seeded parish team in Class 5A was Dutchtown at No. 17, but the Griffins’ journey was ended in the opening round for the second straight season.
Dutchtown fell, 7-6, in an eight-inning thriller to No. 16 Ouachita Parish on Tuesday. They end the year with a 21-14 overall record. The Griffins finished the regular season tied with St. Amant as runners-up in District 5-5A.
No. 22 East Ascension was also ousted in the first round for the second straight year.
The Spartans faced No. 11 New Iberia on the road and lost a 2-1 heartbreaker. Their season ends with a 17-18 record.
The Division IV playoffs begin this evening for Ascension baseball teams.
No. 4 Ascension Catholic (19-12) will host St. Mary’s (14-17), and No. 8 Ascension Christian (20-9) hosts No. 9 St. Frederick (18-10).
The Bulldogs are seeking their fourth straight quarterfinal appearance, while the Lions are seeking their first ever playoff victory.