The St. Amant Lady Gators continue to win in softball

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
St. Amant's Kara Gremillion sets to make a throw to first in the Lady Gators' 7-3 win over Dutchtown. Photo by Dewey Keller.

There was a time when St. Amant was 0-2. That's quite a far-cry from where the Lady Gators are right now.

With their roster depleted because of starters playing basketball, St. Amant lost their first two games with one of those defeats being a 5-0 blanking to 3A Brusly.

However, ever since the basketball season came to a close and they got back players like Jordan Hartman, Kara Gremillion and Jaci Lavigne, the Lady Gators have been unstoppable. After a three-game tear in the tournament in Sulphur over the weekend, they upped their winning streak to 15.

Along with the wins, they've climbed to No. 4 in the latest softball power rankings and look primed to make a run for the state title after a disappointing loss to Hanville in the semifinals last year.

Last week, the Lady Gators started district play as dominant as ever.

Against No. 6 Dutchtown in the opener, they fell down 2-0 right out of the gates but erupted for four runs in the second to take the 4-2 lead. From there, it was smooth sailing as they cruised to a 7-3 win.

Kasey Nielson was on her game as she collected her seventh win of the year--holding the Lady Griffins to three runs on just three hits.

From the batter's box, St. Amant's two-sport stars provided the spark.

Hartman went 2-4 with a homer and two RBIs with Lavigne also finishing 2-4. Gremillion went 2-3 with a homer and an RBI.

After the great win to start district play, the Lady Gators absolutely devoured Woodlawn Thursday evening 19-0.

St. Amant exploded for 14 first-inning runs, and the game was eventually called in the third.

Nielson collected another victory. She and Skylar Cook combined for a perfect game.

Offensively, the Lady Gators belted out 15 hits. Madison Edmonston went 2-3 with three RBIs, Ali DeLany was 2-2 with two RBIs and Brooke Roberts was 2-2 with a homer and four RBIs.

The step up in competition was much greater for St. Amant over the weekend as they traveled to the tournament in Sulphur, but the end results were quite the same.

They demolished Evangel 16-1 in the opening game. However, things did get much tighter for the Lady Gators in the second matchup.

They locked up with DeRidder for a close, low-scoring affair but still escaped with the 3-1 win.

Finally, they got their toughest test in almost a month as they clashed with a game Pineville squad. Pineville played them down to the wire, but St. Amant still got out with their 15th win of the year at 1-0.

On Monday night, they stepped back in district and throttled McKinley 19-0 to up their record to 16-2.

The Lady Gators will try to keep the winning streak going this week as they host St. Joseph on Thursday.