SOFTBALL

East Ascension bounces back with win over Destrehan

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
East Ascension's Claire Weinberger. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Sometimes, teams have a hard time responding after a a big loss to their archrival--not East Ascension.

The Lady Spartans took one on the chin last Tuesday as they were crushed 14-5 by No. 1 St. Amant. However, just 24 hours later, they got back on track by dominating Destrehan 10-3. It helped East Ascension avenge a 7-4 loss they suffered to the Lady Cats back on March 1.

The Lady Spartans set the tone right out of the gates as they exploded for five first-inning runs.

Bailey Landry and Claire Weinberger led the game off with walks, and the bases were loaded with an infield single by Jordan Langlois.

Kyleigh LeBlanc then put one in play, but the throw to home was off-targert--allowing the speedy Landry and Weinberger to score.

"It's a big factor for us having speed at the top of the lineup with Bailey Landry and Claire Weinberger," East Ascension head coach Amy Pitre said. "They do a great job of putting pressure on the defense and getting them to make mistakes. It's so important that we get them on and bring them home and get off to that positive start having a freshman pitcher like we have. It helps give some support behind her."

Starting freshman pitcher Jessie Watts gave herself a little run-support as she proceeded to belt out a two-RBI-double to the wall at right/center. And after an RBI-single by Marina Speligene, the Lady Spartans took a 5-0 lead.

No runs were scored in the second, but East Ascension gained even more of a cushion in the third.

Destrehan made a pitching change and brought in Ashley Bolin. She got off to a rough start as she walked her first two batters.

That led to an RBI-single by Landry, and another run scored after an errant throw to third by Michelle Haydel.

Finally, the inning ended with East Ascension up 8-0 after an infield single by Weinberger brought Landry home.

The Lady Cats were finally able to get on the board and cut into the Lady Spartan lead in the fifth. After an RBI-single by Bolin and a two-RBI-single by Casey Desentz, Destrehan trimmed the deficit down to 8-3.

However, the runs were the last the Lady Cats were able to muster.

To start the sixth, Weinberger led off with a double and got home after Destrehan made an errant throw to try to get Langlois out on a ground ball. Langlois eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Brooke Delaune.

The two-run flurry stretched the lead to 10-3, and that was all East Ascension needed.

Langlois and Weinberger led the way for the Spartans as they both went 2-3--with Weinberger collecting an RBI.

From the mound, Watts gave up nine hits but only the three runs, and she struck out five in the effort.

Accounting for five of the nine hits were Krista Robles and Bolin. Robles went 2-3 while Bolin went 3-4 with an RBI.

Pitre was very pleased with how her team fought back after dropping a tough one to St. Amant just a day earlier.

"One thing we talked about was that we had to bounce back, and we had to bounce back quickly. They did just that," Pitre said. "Even if you play St. Amant and it's a close game or you beat them, it's an emotional game, so it's tough to turn around and forget about if for the next day, so I'm very proud of how they came out and played today."

East Ascension continued the momentum going into the next day as they blew away McKinley 22-1 to improve to 17-5 overall and 4-2 in the district.

The No. 6 Lady Spartans will host St. Joseph on Thursday. They won the two teams' previous meeting 6-2.