East Ascension on their way to Sulphur

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

Last season, East Ascension was forced to endure a surprising upset loss in the opening round of the playoffs after making it to the state semifinals the season before.

This year, things are quite different. The Lady Spartans are back where everyone expected them to be.

With a 4-1 upset win over No. 7 Byrd, East Ascension is headed to Sulphur for the State Softball Tournament.

The Lady Spartans began their playoff run with a home game against No. 23 Destrehan.

Jessica Watts was absolutely dominant in the circle as she struck out 10 batters and only yielded one hit as East Ascension blanked the Lady Wildcats 3-0.

The Lady Spartans only scored runs in two innings. They got one run in the third and then two in the fourth but the way Watts was mowing down batters, that's all they needed.

Carmisha Payton and Claire Weinberger led the way as they each collected RBI triples.

The hard-fought victory earned them a trip to Shreveport to face seventh-seeded Byrd.

In another low-scoring pitcher's duel, East Ascension earned the 4-1 upset win to punch their ticket to the Softball State Tournament in Sulphur.

It won't get any easier for them. For their quarterfinal matchup, they'll have to pull another upset.

They face No. 2 Ouachita Parish. Ouachita went 21-4 during the regular season and ended their schedule with a six-game winning streak.

In the first round, they blanked Parkway 6-0 and in the regional matchup, they overpowered No. 15 Walker 6-2.

East Ascension currently stands at 24-8 for the season.