The District 5-5A baseball race went down to the final week with three teams within a game of each other in the league standings.

Two teams were tied at the top. St. Amant and Dutchtown headed into last Tuesday’s scheduled showdown with 7-1 records, one game ahead of defending Class 5A champion Catholic.

The Gators and Griffins were scheduled to complete their two-game, home-and-home series Tuesday at Dutchtown. Catholic, which split both of its two-game series against St. Amant and Dutchtown, was slated to finish the regular season Thursday at home against East Ascension.

St. Amant helped its cause in the league race by sweeping two hard-fought games against archrival EA last week.

The Gators held on for a 6-4 win on the road on April 15, then rallied for two sixth-inning runs in a 6-5 home victory two days later.

Class 5A state playoff pairings are expected to be announced Sunday. St. Amant, Dutchtown and Catholic were in a good position to host first-round games, according to the latest release of unofficial power rankings.

EA was among the top 32 teams in the rankings, but the Spartans probably will have to travel in the bidistrict round.

Pairings for Classes 4A through C are expected to be released Tuesday. Ascension Catholic should be a playoff team, and the Bulldogs have a legitimate chance to host a first-round game.

Ascension hosts 5 first-round softball playoff games

A banner season in Ascension Parish resulted in five teams at home for first-round playoff games.

In Class 1A, district rivals Ascension Catholic and Ascension Christian both needed a first-round win to set up a showdown between the 8-1A rivals for a state tournament berth, but it was not to be.

No. 3 Ascension Catholic beat No. 30 Highland Baptist, 4-0, but No. 14 Ascension Christian fell to No. 19 Merryville, 11-6.

In Class 5A, three Ascension teams were scheduled to host Tuesday games. St. Amant garnered the No. 1 seed and was scheduled to host No. 32 Chalmette in the bidistrict round. No. 10 EA drew No. 23 Destrehan in a playoff opener, and No. 11 Dutchtown was set to entertain No. 22 Archbishop Chapelle.

Barring schedule changes, all regional games are scheduled to be done no later than Saturday. Quarterfinal games in all contests are slated for May 2 in the state tournament in Sulphur.

Track and field notes

In another regular-season tuneup last week at St. Amant, St. Amant’s boys edged Dutchtown. EA finished fifth and Donaldsonville was 10th.

The Gators came in second and the Griffins were third in girls team competition. EA placed seventh and Donaldsonville finished ninth.

The following Ascension athletes won boys individual events: St. Amant’s Danzil Felix, 100 meters; Marquise Hampton, 200; Dylan Matherne, discus; and Tyrone Fowler, triple jump; EA’s Ryne Ledet, 1,600; and Devin Simoneaux, shot put; and Dutchtown’s Tyler Hughes, 110 hurdles; and Brady Bergeron, pole vault.

Dutchtown’s Hughes, Matthew Magee, Javon Pierre and Corey McBride won the 800 relay. St. Amant’s Evan Matheny, Steven Pirvu, Daniel Simmons and Nathan Martinez captured the 400 relay.

Girls individual winners were: Dutchtown’s Casey Richardson, 100; Taylor Bennett, long jump; and Erin Roach, pole vault; and St. Amant’s Toni Rodriguez, javelin.

Dutchtown’s Richardson anchored the winning 200 relay team that also featured Gorgeous Jacobs, Jasmine Jackson and Braley Bourque.

Donaldsonville’s top finishers were Courtland Jenkins, Kaitlyn Wiulliams, Erica Johnson and Xenet Carter, who combined to place third in the 400 relay.

Boys Metro Golf results

EA’s David Lacombe shot a 77 as the top finisher in the Metro Boys Golf Tournament at Zachary’s Beaver Creek Golf Club last week. Ascension Catholic’s Tucker Landry posted a 78.

Dutchtown was the top Ascension Parish team, finishing in ninth place. EA placed 10th and St. Amant was 12th.

EA’s Gautreau selected for Div. I All-State soccer team

Congratulations to East Ascension’s Janna Gautreau, who was named to the Division I All-State Girls Soccer Team.

Dutchtown’s Nicole Megginson and Sarah Patterson were selected to the Division I second team.

Rich Loup covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be reached at richloup@gmail.com or at ascension@theadvocate.com.