Ascension Parish sent three softball teams to the LHSAA Class 5-5A state championships at Frasch Park in Sulphur to compete with the best of the best in the state. There was a fair possibility that we could have had an all-Ascension Parish championship game but there was a spoiler in the mix.
The East Ascension Lady Spartans were paired against the Dutchtown Lady Griffins in one semifinal game while St. Amant was paired against Sam Houston in the other. The EA/Dutchtown game guaranteed an Ascension team in the finals and top-seeded, undefeated St. Amant needed a win to get the other slot.
East Ascension led the Griffins 2-1 going into the top of the seventh inning when Dutchtown scored three times to take a 4-2 win. The bottom of the order did the trick as Katie Cloud and Bria White both had RBI hits in the top of the seventh to propel the Lady Griffins to the upset win.
On the other field, the Lady Gators were taking on Sam Houston in a tight contest. The pitching for the Broncos held the Gators’ hitters in check as St. Amant trailed 3-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
St. Amant scored in the seventh but lost 3-1, ending a 27-game winning streak.
The Lady Griffins faced off against the Sam Houston Broncos in the final game. Dutchtown took the lead in the top of the second inning. Royelle Cobb smashed a one-out triple into the right-field corner. Blayne Pence followed with a single that scored Cobb. The Griffins got runners on second and third but a pop-up ended the inning.
That missed opportunity would play a big part in this final game. The Broncos’ Tanner Wright retired 12 batters in a row before the Griffins’ White singled with two outs in the sixth. The Broncos tied it up in the fourth inning and then added two in the fifth to pull out a 3-1 win over the Lady Griffins to claim the state championship.
The Lady Griffins, Spartans and Gators represented our parish well and left everything on the field. Three teams in the top four in the state in 5-5A is pretty good. All three teams left with a hunger that will bring them back in 2016.
Golf state championship
Dutchtown’s Logan Leary will represent the Griffins in the Allstate Sugar Bowl state golf tournament in the Lafayette area. Leary shot a 69 in his regional tournament.