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St. Amant's winning streak continues with two parish wins

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
St. Amant's Kasey Nielson releases a pitch in the Lady Gators' 2-1 win over Dutchtown. Photo by Dewey Keller.

The Miami Heat's gaudy winning streak may have come to an end last week, but St. Amant's didn't. With two victories over parish rivals, the Lady Gators upped their impressive winning streak to 20.

Win No. 18 came last Tuesday when they traveled to East Ascension.

The game was hotly-contested early on with both teams scoring a run in the opening inning.

No. 1 St. Amant got a score in the second to go up 2-1, but they put it out of reach in the third when they erupted for six runs. The big inning put them up 8-1 and from there, they cruised to the easy 14-5 win.

Kasey Nielson gave up more hits than she's used to giving up as the Lady Spartans collected 10 of them, but she still seized her 13th win of the year.

Nielson also made an impact at the plate as she went 2-4 with an RBI. Kristen Despino also went 2-4 with an RBI while Kayla Braud went 2-2 with both of those hits being home runs.

Two days later, the top-ranked Lady Gators were back at home to face parish and district rival Dutchtown. The No. 7 Griffins gave St. Amant everything they wanted and them some.

So many of the victories in the Lady Gators' winning streak have come in the form of blowouts, but that wasn't the case last Thursday evening.

Each team scored a run in the first inning but after that, the pitching on both sides dominated.

Nielson was as good as ever as she struck out 10 and pitched a one-hitter, but the Lady Griffins' freshman pitcher Ali McCoy wasn't that far off-pace. She held a usually lethal St. Amant offense to just three hits.

The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 all the way until the bottom of the seventh when the Lady Gators finally scored to end the game.

With the 2-1 victory, Nielson upped her record to 14-1 for the year. She was also responsible for one of the Lady Gators' three hits. Brooke Roberts and Jaci Lavigne collected the other two.

As for Dutchtown, their lone hit was registered by Hope Vezinat.

St. Amant then followed the big win up with a 22-0 victory over Woodlawn on Tuesday.

It upped their overall record to 20-2. They were also able to remain undefeated within the district as they moved to 7-0.

And that elusive first district loss doesn't look like it will happen this week either as St. Amant hosts an over-matched McKinley team on Thursday. The Lady Gators beat McKinley 19-0 in their first encounter.