East Ascension feasts on Dutchtown errors for blowout win

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
LSU commit Claire Weinberger went 2-3 with an RBI in the Lady Spartans' 10-2 win over Dutchtown. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Jessie Watts struggled with her control in East Ascension's loss to Dutchtown earlier in the season; that wasn't the case last week.

With Watts looking as strong as ever in her gem from the circle and with the Lady Griffins making numerous mistakes from the field, the Lady Spartans rolled to a crushing 10-2 win.

"It was errors; you can't make errors," Dutchtown head coach Nancy Ensminger said. "You have to make the routine play; we just made too many errors. We got a few hits here and there but when you're making mistakes like that, yeah, they're going to put five runs on you."

"Our goal was to jump on top first," East Ascension head coach Amy Pitre said. "We felt like in the last game, we let them dictate the flow, and we were playing catch-up the whole game. So, our goal was to strike first and not leave people on base like we did the first time."

After the game was pushed back a day due to rain, the Lady Spartans didn't waste any time landing the first haymaker.

In the bottom of the second, they hit Dutchtown with a potent flurry that the Lady Griffins could never overcome.

Taja Landry led off the inning with a single into right-center. She eventually came home after an East Ascension bunt was followed by a Dutchtown throwing error.

Anne Marie Arceneaux then singled, and another Lady Spartan run came home after an Ali McCoy wild pitch.

Claire Weinberger then collected herself an RBI single, and Verlencia Jackson followed up with a single of her own.

Both players were then brought home by Watts as she crushed a two-RBI double into left-center.

The five-run inning gave way to a Dutchtown pitching change as Kayla Orgeron was brought to the circle.

The Lady Griffins tried to pick themselves up off of the canvas to start the third with Orgeron and Blayne Pence walking.

McCoy sent one run home on a sacrifice fly, and Bria White sent home another after an RBI single.

It cut the deficit down to 5-2, but another Lady Spartan scoring barrage followed in the bottom of the fourth.

Weinberger led off with a single and reached second with a steal. Carmisha Payton joined her on base after she walked.

Landry then got herself an infield single. There was a late throw to first, and McCoy wasn't able to handle it. It gave way to both Weinberger and Payton coming in to score.

Jordan Langlois then crushed an RBI double against the leftfield wall to give East Ascension a commanding 8-2 lead.

And in the fifth, the Lady Spartans capped off their amazing offensive performance.

Marina Speligene walked and then got to second after a steal.

After Jackson put a ball in play, another Dutchtown fielding error led to Speligene scoring.

Landry later scored after a Lady Griffin throwing error to third. It put Dutchtown up 10-2 and after Watts made them go three-up, three-down in the final two innings, East Ascension claimed the victory.

Other than the second inning, Watts was dominant. She pitched a complete game, struck out four batters and only gave up four hits.

"She was awesome. We had a gameplan going in, and she didn't miss too many," Pitre said. "There was one inning where she gave up two walks, but she recovered and made big pitches to get the middle of that lineup out and after that, she just executed."

Watts also executed from the plate as she went 2-3 with two RBIs. Weinberger went 2-3 with an RBI, and Landry went 2-4.

Dutchtown was led by White as she went 1-3 with an RBI.

It was the costly errors that really hurt the Lady Griffins. They committed six of them.

"They've seen more action this year than before," Ensminger said. "Batters are good. The teams we play in district are strong-hitting teams; we just have to make those plays."

The loss was the second straight for Dutchtown, but the Lady Griffins finally got out of their funk on Friday as they got past McKinley. It pushed their record to 20-6 overall.

The win was the third straight for the Lady Spartans before losing a heart-breaker to St. Amant on Thursday. However, East Ascension is still looking good at 21-8 with the home stretch of their schedule looming.

"I told them that this is going to test their mental toughness," Pitre said. "I just want to compete and play good ball going into the playoffs, and this a good start."