Lady Gators slide by Parkview for seventh straight win

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Taylor Tidwell slides in at home during the Lady Gators' 5-4 victory over Parkview Baptist on Wednesday. Photo by Tammy Gaudin.

St. Amant had a come-from-behind victory over Alexandria in the Sulphur Tournament over the weekend. It helped prepare them for the dogfight they got from Parkview Baptist on Wednesday evening.

The Lady Gators were in control of the contest late, but the Lady Eagles scored four unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game.

St. Amant didn’t give them another inch.

The Lady Gators scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth, and pitcher Alyssa Romano shut the door on Parkview in the top of the seventh, striking out two of the three batters she face.

"I love these kinds of games because we haven't had many of them, and the few that we've been behind, we haven't won. So, I'm proud of them,” St. Amant head coach Amy Pitre said. “I thought they continued to fight. We had one offensive half-inning that didn't go our way. We made a couple of mistakes, and we had a bad defensive inning, but the other parts of the game were well-executed. When we needed a bunt, we got it. When we needed a squeeze, we got it.”

Parkview came into the contest as one of the hottest teams in the area, having won 17 of their 19 games.

Though, the Lady Gators were able to take a lead early.

In the first, Jadyn Rumfellow led off with a walk, and she was eventually sent home on an RBI single by UL-Monroe signee Kennedy Page to give St. Amant a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, LSU signee Taylor Tidwell led off with a single, and again, Page came through with the clutch hit. Her double scored Tidwell.

Page eventually scored on a beautifully-executed squeeze. That perfect bunt came from LSU-Eunice signee Brooke Romano.

In the fourth, a Rumfellow infield single and walks from Tidwell and Page loaded the bases. When Madison Marchand was hit by a pitch, it allowed Rumfellow to score.

St. Amant ended up stranding three base-runners in the inning, but they carried a comfortable 4-0 advantage into the fifth inning.

Alyssa Romano was cruising along in the circle until she walked Nicole Simmons with two outs. That was followed by a bunt single to put two on base.

Parkview then got back-to-back doubles from Mattie Wilson and Ann Marie Peavy that drove in three runs.

The Lady Eagles kept the momentum going in the sixth. An RBI double by Jaci Vannordin tied the game at 4-4.

Finally, St. Amant was able to respond in the bottom of the sixth.

Madison Hurt got on leadoff after being hit by a pitch. She eventually came around to score on a passed ball to regain the lead for the Lady Gators.

Hurt then made a huge play from the field in the top of the seventh. A diving catch from the outfield helped keep a runner off of base.

Alyssa Romano did the rest. She came up with two big strikeouts to ice away the 5-4 victory.

Though she gave up seven hits, Romano piled up eight strikeouts..

"She's going to have to do that in games we want to win,” Pitre said. “I told her that good teams don't stop. We had two outs and a full count to the leadoff, and she walked. That's something she's been doing really, really well this year: She hasn't walked many, but that shows you what can happen when you do.

“They had a chance in the last inning with the middle of the lineup, and she made up for it. We're gonna need gritty performances like that to do what we want to do."

From the plate, Page was the only Lady Gator to record multiple hits. She went 2-2 with two RBIs and two walks. Brooke Romano was 1-3 with an RBI.

Ever since St. Amant’s 11-4 loss to Brusly last week, the Lady Gators have won seven straight games.