The No. 1-seeded St. Amant Lady Gators made it 26 in a row and earned a spot in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 state tournament for the fifth year in a row. The 11-4 victory at Lady Gator Park over No. 16 Barbe (18-7) also made it the 14th time in 15 seasons St. Amant will go to the big show in Class 5A.

The Lady Gators (26-0) face eighth-seeded Denham Springs, a 16-13 winner over Pineville, in Friday’s state quarterfinal at 6 p.m. in Sulphur’s Frasch Park.

The start of the game was delayed for 1 hour, 45 minutes but it didn’t take the Lady Gators long to get it started as St. Amant catcher Taylor Trabeaux drove in the first run in the opening inning. Trabeaux went 2-for-3 on the night with a couple of RBIs. Kourtney Gremillion knocked in 3 runs and Gabby Sharp upped her record to 24-0 while giving up 8 hits, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.

The East Ascension Lady Spartans (22-7) also earned a spot in the state tournament in Sulphur by topping Walker (16-13) 11-1. Looking for an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give winning pitcher Jesse Watts a little breathing room, the Spartans went on a tear and scored eight runs.

Jesse Watts not only pitched a one-run game but also led the Lady Spartans on offense by blasting three of East Ascension’s 16 hits and two RBIs. Catcher Mackenzie Andrews finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. Third baseman Brea Aikens batted 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Shortstop Claire Weinberger batted 2-for-4 with a two-RBI triple.

East Ascension will face Zachary at 4 p.m. on field 14 in the 5A quarterfinals at the LHSAA’s Fast Pitch 56 state tournament next week in Sulphur.

In a much closer game, the seventh-seeded Dutchtown Lady Griffins (24-8) earned their spot at the state tournament by staging a rally to edge Hahnville (21-9) 3-2.

The Griffins were trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Dutchtown’s Royelle Cobb punched a single to put the icing on a three-run, two-out rally, then winning pitcher Ali McCoy put out the final three batters in order in the top of the seventh to end the game.

The Lady Griffins will face Mt. Carmel at 5 p.m. Friday on field 15.

We could end up with an all Ascension Parish final game on Saturday night. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Ascension players named to All-Metro girls soccer team

The Ascension Parish girls soccer players are represented well on the first team for the Advocate’s All-Metro girls soccer team.

Blaire Laiche, a junior forward for the East Ascension Spartans was a second-team Division I all-state choice. Laiche helped the Spartans advance to the regional round of the playoffs by contributing 19 goals and 23 assists.

Molly Litten, for the Dutchtown Griffins, placed, as well, while helping the Division I, District 5 powerhouse team reach the playoffs with seven goals and seven assists.

Cameron Matherne, a midfielder for the St. Amant squad, earned a spot on the first team while scoring eight goals and dishing out 15 assists for the Gators, who reached the playoffs after a fifth-place finish in Division I, District 5.

Sarah Patterson, of Dutchtown, also earned honors. Patterson led the Griffins with 23 goals and 16 assists as they finished third in the highly competitive Division I, District 5.

Earning spots on the second team were Madyson Bleakley, of the Dutchtown Griffins; Stephanie Bernal and Caroline Lecoq, of the East Ascension Spartans; and Lorelei Gaffney, of the St. Amant Gators.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at reelman@eatel.net or ascension@the advocate.com.