Lady Gators earn two tough tournament wins

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
In St. Amant's win over Sam Houston, Taylor Tidwell hit two home runs and produced an astounding seven RBIs. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Early in the season, the St. Amant softball team was having trouble with consistency.

In some games, their offense was unstoppable as they exploded for double-digit runs. In others, they struggled to put get hits.

In some games, they were good from the circle. In others, they gave up runs in bunches.

Their uneven play translated into an uncharacteristic losing record as they fell to just 2-3 under first-year head coach Amy Pitre.

But ever since then, St. Amant has flipped the switch. They have been putting things together and playing like the Lady Gator teams their fans have grown accustom to seeing over the past decade.

St. Amant has won six of their last seven games. That includes an impressive 2-1 run over the weekend in home tournament action.

Things seemed to change for the Lady Gators when they beat Catholic High of New Iberia at the start of the month.

In regards to that victory, Pitre said, “We went to Catholic High of New Iberia and won, 10-3. I think that win helped our offense. We had four home runs in that game, and it helped give us momentum. Once our offense gets going, we get going. It just takes one person, and we have a lot of people capable of doing big things.”

The day after the win over Catholic - N.I., St. Amant fought back from a 7-0 deficit to beat Archbishop Hannan, 11-7, and they ended the Coach “I” Memorial Tournament with an 8-6 victory over St. Charles.

The Lady Gators did stumble right out of the gates last weekend in the St. Amant Invitational tournament. They began the event with a 6-3 loss to Destrehan.

In the defeat, the Lady Wildcats blew open a 2-2 game with four runs in the third.

Abby McKey led the way for St. Amant with a home run.

Though, the Lady Gators were able to bounce back with a victory in a slugfest over perennial power Sam Houston the next day.

St. Amant trailed, 5-1, heading into the fourth inning. It was there that they exploded for nine runs. This allowed them to take a 10-9 lead.

Heading into the sixth, they were clinging to a 13-11 advantage, but a four-spot gave them their biggest lead at six. They were able to hold on to collect the 17-13 victory.

Alyssa Romano gave up a lot of offense, but she was able to hold off Sam Houston when she had to—earning the victory from the circle.

LSU commit Taylor Tidwell had a spectacular game. She went 3-5 with two home runs—one of which was a grand slam. She finished with a ridiculous seven RBIs.

Pamela Carbo continued her hot streak as she went 2-5 with three RBIs.

Just a day later, the Lady Gators proved that they could also win close, low-scoring games as they edged out DeRidder, 2-0.

The first run wasn’t scored until the fourth inning when St. Amant took a 1-0 lead. They added another run in the sixth.

This time, Romano yielded very little offense. In improving to 7-2, the freshman only gave up five hits.

McKey went 2-3 and scored one of the Lady Gators’ runs. Jadyn Rumfellow produced their lone RBI as she went 2-2 with a walk.

The victory over DeRidder improved St. Amant to 8-4 overall.

This week, the Lady Gators will play a non-district game against Hammond on Wednesday, and they will step back into District 5-5A play on Tuesday, March 21, when they host parish foe Dutchtown.